Max Cavalera and his band Soulfly will take a break from recording their new LP, "Primitive," to play for Brazilian fans during the Abril Pro Rock 2000 Festival.The group will leave its recording studio in Phoenix to take to the stage at Centro de Convenções de Recife on Saturday, April 8. Soulfly has been dedicating its time to the completion of its next album, which is tentatively set for an August release. The LP will boast the seemingly unlikely presence of Sean Lennon (son of Beatle John Lennon), who was invited by Cavalera to compose some songs for the disc and is also expected to appear on the new record (see "Soulfly Getting Help From Lennon On New LP"). Tom Araya from Slayer has also put in studio time with the band on a track called "Terrorist," and the Deftones' Chino Moreno lent vocals to the track "Pain" with Will Haven's Grady Avenell. In the production seat is Toby Wright, who has also worked
with Korn, Alice In Chains, and Sevendust.Since 1993, Abril Pro Rock has featured new alternative bands from Recife, and the festival has brought underground acts such as Mundo Livre S/A and Chico Science & Nação Zumbi to a wider audience. The 2000 edition of Abril Pro Rock will extend beyond Recife to include bands from all over the country, such as Plebe Rude (Brasília), Paralamas do Sucesso, Bia Grabois, Vulgue Tostói (Rio), Shiva Las Vegas, and Andrea Marquee (São Paulo). Soulfly will add an international touch alongside Aterciopelados (Bogotá), and Bloco Vomit (Scotland).