Posts Tagged ‘Roots’

Review by Jeff Maki
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When I interviewed vocalist Eddie Hermida in October 2015 (read here), the band was opening for Korn on its self-titled album’s 20th anniversary tour (read review). Produced by Ross Robinson—the producer of the new Suicide Silence album, as well—that album changed the face of metal. Even in the Mitch Lucker-era, the band showed its admiration for Korn, as the band’s 2011 album, The Black Crown had obvious influences. But this new album isn’t strictly influenced by Korn—it takes Robinson’s body of work, combined with Suicide Silence’s vision, and the band undergoes a complete metamorphosis. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs from Sepultura to Killer Be Killed

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. So as a follow-up, we have compiled a list of Max’s 10 greatest songs from all of his bands and side-projects throughout his career. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed. 
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This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

nailbomb_point-blank#2. Nailbomb – “Wasting Away”
(Point Blank, March 8, 1994, Roadrunner Records)

Nailbomb was Max’s first side-project, forming the band with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in 1994 (the bands also toured the U.S. together the same year). The band only released one studio album (Point Blank) and played one live show ever (the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands), which was later released as Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide (1995, Roadrunner Records). Nailbomb was Minstry meets Dead Kennedys meets Sepultura, and for a time in its existence, reached a cult-like level of popularity. “Wasting Away” is the punk/thrash hybrid which starts this unique album of punk rock angst and industrial experimentation. Just as the band’s t-shirt slogan proudly stated: “Feels good to be a punk loser.” Check out “Wasting Away” live from Dynamo below:

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-roots#5: Sepultura – “Roots Bloody Roots”
(Roots, February 20, 1996, Roadrunner Records)

Roots was Sepultura’s sixth studio album and its last with Max Cavalera. Produced by Ross Robinson and highly influenced by bands like Korn and Deftones, Roots is now one of the pinnacle albums in the nu-metal genre and laid the foundation for Soulfly. The Brazilian tribal rhythms and percussion that began on Chaos A.D., were heavily incorporated into Roots. There’s no better showcase for this than the downtuned lead track, “Roots Bloody Roots.”

 

 

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

sepultura-dead#6: Sepultura – “Dead Embryonic Cells”
(Arise, March 25, 1991, Roadrunner Records)

“Dead Embryonic Cells” is Sepultura’s second single, as well as the second of three to be released from the album Arise. The B-side featured a death metal version of Motörhead’s “Orgasmatron.” The accompanying video saw heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. This is the first song I had ever heard up until this point with a breakdown as devastating as this. When I saw Sepultura play Hammerjack’s in Baltimore, MD., circa 1994, the crowd absolutely went into a headbanging frenzy for “Dead Embryonic Cells.”

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-Soulfly#7: Soulfly – “Eye For An Eye”
(Soulfly, April 21, 1998, Roadrunner Records)

After an ugly split with Sepultura, Soulfly was born and its debut album released. The album was largely a continuation of the tribal sound of the Roots album with more guest musicians and an extra dose of aggression. A example of the carnage is the track “Eye For An Eye.” Check out this killer live version below:

 

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

Soulfly-Primitive#8: Soulfly – “Back to the Primitive”
(Primitive, September 26, 2000, Roadrunner Records)

Primitive is the second studio album by Soulfly and has sold over 226,569 copies to date. The first track is “Back to the Primitive,” which plays berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil) to begin the song and the album. If anyone remembers MTVX (which was available beginning in 1998, exclusively to digital cable subscribers), this channel played “Back to the Primitive” non-stop upon the album’s release. Lyrically, the song is about demoting national government back to local tribal society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3LE6_y8J0s

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

soulfly-archangel#9: Soulfly – “Sodomites”
(Archangel, August 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

“Sodomites” is the newest track to be featured in this list, taken off of Soulfly’s 2015 album, Archangel. A strong argument can be made that many Sepultura, Nailbomb, other Soulfly or Cavalera Conspiracy material should be ahead of “Sodomites,” but the track is a representation of Soulfly’s current style and Max’s musical evolution. Max, himself, describes the album—inspired by The Old Testament—as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal.”

 

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

killer-be-killed-cover#10: Killer Be Killed – “Wings of Feather and Wax”
(Killer Be Killed, May 13, 2014, Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

Killer Be Killed is a metal supergroup, featuring Max on guitar and vocals, The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist/guitarist Greg Puciato, Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Saunders and ex-The Mars Volta drummer David Elitch. Partially inspired by Max’s former project, Nailbomb (Point Blank, 1994), the band released its debut self-titled album in 2014 to critical acclaim, and if Max has his way the band will tour and make more albums in the future. Check out the interview we did with Max just as the album was released, getting all the dirt about Killer Be Killed and more here.
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Max Cavalera

For 30 years, Max Cavalera has given us metal in all shapes and forms. From the thrash and death metal of early Sepultura records Morbid Visions (1986), Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991), to the groove metal of Chaos A.D. (1993), to even nu-metal on Roots (1996). Then with Soulfly, he gave listeners a tribal metal soundscape with albums like Primitive (2000) and Prophecy (2004), all the way to extreme metal on Enslaved (2012), while Savages (2013) was a potpourri of all things rock and metal. And now with Soulfly’s new album, Archangel (Aug. 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment), he’s gone to Biblical proportions—literally.

Inspired by The Old Testament, which Max describes as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal,” Archangel is yet another different direction for Soulfly, though still a metal one. And that’s the common denominator with the body of Max’s work: metal. Max lives for metal. Not only does he play metal, but he’s a huge fan of it, both old and new. As I’ve written before, it’s like he is a prophet sent here by the metal gods. He wants to play metal forever, he shows no signs of slowing down and his spirit for metal will never die. His legacy now stands at an astonishing 21 studio albums between Sepultura (six), Nailbomb (one), Soulfly (10), Cavalera Conspiracy (three) and Killer Be Killed (one).

Days before Soulfly was about to hit the road with Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun for a U.S. tour (view tour dates), we talked with Max at length about Archangel and its Biblical inspiration, his albums standing the test of time and … “Maxfest?” (more…)

Derrick Green: "The mediator between old and new"

Derrick Green: “The mediator between old and new”

Want to feel old? Derrick Green has been the vocalist of legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura for 16 years and released seven albums. That’s five years longer than Max Cavalera’s tenure as vocalist of the band (1985-1996), and one more album. I remember picking up my first death/thrash metal album in 1989, which just happened to be the cassette tape of Beneath the Remains. You think that sounds old? Chaos A.D. is 20 years old, and Roots is 17.

My point is, maybe it’s time the metal community as a whole accepts Green as Sepultura’s frontman–maybe it’s way past time. (more…)

"Point Blank" with Max Cavalera

“Point Blank” with Max Cavalera

First, a little background: I grew up with Sepultura. Beneath the Remains was the first true thrash/death metal album I owned. Then came Arise, and the title came to make perfect sense, as a new metal tribe had risen. Chaos A.D. and the tour that followed changed my life and my expectations of all metal that would come after it. Roots then helped change metal forever. Soulfly will never be the classic Sepultura I grew up on, but it’s damn close. Of course, at the center of it all is Max Cavalera, one of metal’s most influential and well-known figures. An idol or role-model? Certainly not, but when all is said and done, he will stand alongside the metal greats.

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