Cavalera Discusses Working With The Navajo In New ‘Ritual’ Video

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Soulfly front man Max Cavalera is sharing more background on the making of the band’s new album.

In what is now the fifth “making of” video promoting the album, Cavalera talks about working with the Navajo Indian tribe during the album’s creation.  He talks happily about meeting the last of the code talkers during a special performance for the Navajo, going through a blessing ceremony and much more.  The video is streaming online now here.

The band’s previous “making of” videos feature Cavalera discussing Ritual‘s album art, working with producer Josh Wilbur on the album, the album’s title and the return of Soulfly’s tribal elements this time out.

The band also debuted Ritual‘s third single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘ last Friday.  It follows the release of the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered‘ on Aug. 9 and the album’s title track on Aug. 30.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soulfly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Soulfly Debuts Third Single From ‘Ritual’

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Soulfly has debuted another single from its forthcoming album, and has already coupled with with a companion video.

The band debuted the “visualization” video for its new single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘ on Friday. The song is lifted from the band’s forthcoming album Ritual and features a guest appearance by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe.  The “visualization” takes audiences through a maze of rusty chains and occasional burning embers, a shot of the band and Ritual‘s cover art as the thrash style arrangement plays.

Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera explained in an interview with Sweden’s Rock Sverige that the song’s lyrical content was influenced in part by the Cenobites, the creatures from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser movies, but offered little other background on the lyrics’ meaning.

“It was really cool,” Cavalera said. “[Randy is] really tight with [producer] Josh Wilbur, and Josh has done all the Lamb of God stuff, and he was working on the Burn The Priest record, so I just told Josh to give him the tracks and “show them to him, and if there’s anything he likes, if he wants to sing on it, it’s all cool.” I didn’t have a song for him, so he showed him everything, and what Josh told me was that they were listening to it and the minute that song came on — it was nicknamed ‘Bruiser Brother’ — and the minute he heard it, it was like, “That’s it! This is the one ! I don’t wanna hear anything else.”  I had already written the lyrics, so I sent him all my lyrics, and it was just good to have the Randy voice on it.  He’s got a real distinctive voice, really unique, and that’s what I like about guys like him.  It’s very original and you know it’s him.”

Cavalera went on to explain that the song’s musical arrangement was rooted in some familiar influences.

“That song, the vocal pattern is really based on [Sepultura’s 1987 album] Schizophrenia and ‘From The Past Comes The Storm,” Cavalera said.  “It’s totally influenced by that.  When I worked on that song, I worked with my son Zyon and he was listening to Beneath The Remains and asking me about songs like ‘Stronger Than Hate,’ and all those parts, and mesmerized by it, and I was like, “You know what? Let’s challenge this! Let’s make a song like that!”  So I started working with him and added all those parts, and it has one of my favorite guitar solos of Marc Rizzo.  I gave him a whole section.  It was crafted like Ride The Lightning era.  You’ve got this solid rhythm behind the leads, which not many people do.  It can be kind of a headache to put it together, and it might take a little time, but I think the final result is f****** awesome.”

Cavalera stressed if he can convince Blythe to take part, he would like to make a full video for ‘Dead Behind The Eyes.’  The song’s current video is just the latest presentation to come from the album. Also released are a full 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and a stream for the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered.’

Four videos featuring Cavalera talking about topics, such as Ritual‘s artwork, working with Josh WilburRitual‘s title and tribal elements are also streaming now.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soulfly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Opeth Premieres ‘Garden Of The Titans…’ Second Live Clip

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Opeth premiered another new clip this week from its forthcoming new live recording Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The band premiered the clip of its performance of ‘Demon of the Fall‘ on Friday.  The performance was originally recorded May 11, 2017 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.  It can also be streamed without video and downloaded here.

‘Demon of the Fall’ is the second clip to be released from the recording, which is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 2 via Nuclear Blast Records and Moderbolaget Records.  The band debuted the recording’s first clip — ‘Sorceress‘ — Aug. 17.

Pre-orders are open now for Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre via Nuclear Blast Records’ online store and via Opeth’s own store.

More information on Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre is available online now along with all of Opeth’s latest news and more at:

 

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Soulfly Debuts ‘Ritual’ Title Track

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Soulfly has debuted the title track from its new album.

The band debuted Ritual‘s title track Thursday and set it against the backdrop of a 360-degree “video” that lets audiences check out the album’s cover in-depth.  Musically speaking, the new single boasts a sound that will appeal to front man Max Cavalera’s work with his previous band Sepultura.

Cavalera said in an interview that ‘Ritual’ almost didn’t make the final cut for the record, explaining the amount of time and effort put into the song was to blame for it almost being omitted.

“This song took a long time and almost didn’t make the record,” Cavalera said.  “We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio.  We ended up having to fly Josh Wilbur (producer) out to my house to finish the vocals.  He kept on telling me he wanted more of that ‘tribal s***’ like some of the stuff on our first record and ‘Primitive.’  We ended up creating the chorus on the spot and layering something like 12 or 16 tracks of chanting for it.  After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other.  Josh just turned to me and said that was what he wanted to hear as a fan, and he was really happy to get that out of me.  We both knew it was a new Soulfly classic for the ages and had to be the album opener.  I’m really proud of this song, and I think old-school fans of my work will are going to love it.”

Ritual‘s title track is the album’s second single to be released so far.  The album’s lead single ‘Evil Empowered‘ is streaming now.  Two videos featuring Cavalera discussing the album’s artwork and the band’s work with Wilbur are also streaming.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soufly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Slayer Announces Dates For European Leg Of Its Farewell Tour

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Slayer is preparing to say goodbye to its European fans.

The band has announced the dates for the next leg of its worldwide farewell tour, which will take the band across Europe.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch November ` in Dublin, Ireland before heading to the UK for a handful of dates and then on to Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and a number of other locations across Europe.

Longtime guitarist Kerry King said the decision to take the tour to Europe had been planned for a long time, and that the reaction to the tour in the U.S. has been motivating for the upcoming European run.

“We always knew this tour would take us into 2019, and we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America,” King said.  “We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”

Front man Tom Araya shared King’s appreciation for the fans and their reaction.

“I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal,” Araya said.  “You really are loyal dedicated fans and we appreciate that so much from you.  We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time.  Again, thank you!”

Before the band heads to Europe, it will perform for audiences at Mexico at the ForceFest in Tijuana, Mexico on October 7.  Plans are also in the works for live performances in South America, Australia and Japan as part of its continued farewell tour.

The current schedule for the European leg of Slayer’s farewell tour is noted below.

OCTOBER
7         ForceFest @ Campo De Golf Teotihucan, San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico  (headline)

NOVEMBER
1         Dublin 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
3         Wembley Arena, London, UK
5         Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, UK
7         Birmingham BCA, Birmingham, UK
9         Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
10        Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
12        Glasgow Hydro SSE, Glasgow, UK
14        Westfalenhalle 1, Dortmund, Germany
15        IJsselHal, Zwolle, Netherlands
17        Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
18        St. Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
20        Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
21        Halle 622, Zurich, Switzerland
23        Stadthalle, Vienne, Austria
24        Freiburg, SICK ARENA, Freiburg, Germany
26        Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
27        Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
29        Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
30        Messchalle, Erfurt, Germany

DECEMBER
2         Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
3         Royal Arena, Kobenhavn S, Denmark
5         Hovert, Stockholm, Sweden
6         Oslo Spektrum Arena, Oslo, Norway
8         Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

2019
JUNE
23        Hellfest Open Air, Clisson, France  (headline)

More information on Slayer’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/slayer

 

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Accept To Release Special Limited Edition 10-Inch Vinyl From Its Upcoming Live Recording

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Accept will release its new live recording Symphonic Terror — Live at Wacken 2017 late this fall,and in anticipation of its release, the band has announced it will release a special limited edition vinyl single featuring two performances from that recording.

The special 10-inch vinyl single ‘Balls To The Walls / Symphony No. 40 in G Minor’ is currently scheduled to be released October 10 via Nuclear Blast Records.  Both performances included the CNSO Symphony Orchestra.  Physical and digital pre-orders are open now.

Along with the announcement of the upcoming limited edition vinyl single, the band also recently announced a new slate of North American and European live dates.  Three North American dates between September 28 and 30 are scheduled in California.

Once those dates are done, the band will rest up before heading south of the border for the Tecate Mexico Metal Fest on October 6.  From there, the band will head overseas for a handful of European dates, which will eventually be accompanied by additional dates to be announced at a later date.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

ACCEPT live:
28.09.  USA     Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
29.09.  USA     Pasadena, CA – The Rose
30.09.  USA     Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon

06.10.  MEX    Monterrey – Tecate México Metal Fest
10.10.  BR       Belém – Botequim
12.10.  BR       Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém (w/ KORZUSMATANZA)
14.10.  BR       São Paulo – Carioca Club
16.10.  BR       Belo Horizonte – MG
02.11.  D         Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise

 

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Accept’s upcoming dates will be in support not only of its upcoming live recording, but also its most recent full-length studio recording, The Rise Of Chaos (2017).  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered physically and digitally direct via Nuclear Blast’s online store now.

The Rise of Chaos has generated three hit singles since its release — ‘Koolaid,’ ‘Die By The Sword‘ and its title track.  More information on those single, the album and the band’s upcoming live recording and its limited edition 10-inch vinyl single is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Cavalera Talks Working With Wilbur In New “Making Of” Video For ‘Ritual”

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Soulfly is taking audiences behind the scenes of its upcoming album Ritual again with another new video.

This time, front man and founder Max Cavalera discusses working with producer Josh Wilbur (Killer Be Killed, Lamb of God, Gojira) on the album.  The discussion starts off with Cavalera laughing as he talks about Wilbur telling him he was working on the album “not as a producer, but as a fan.”

From that point, the discussion turns to the studio where the album was recorded, Wilbur’s familiarity with the studio and how that played, itself, into the album’s creation.  Cavalera also discusses recording a pair of the album’s tracks in Wilbur’s own home studio during his discussion.

As the discussion progresses, Cavalera talks about his respect for Wilbur and his role in the album’s creation and more.  The whole time, the album’s lead single ‘Evil Empowered’ is playing in the background.  The single is streaming by itself here.

This new discussion, which debuted online Wednesday, comes only a week after the band posted a video of Cavalera discussing Ritual‘s artwork.  That video debuted August 15 and is streaming online here.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.  It will be available on CD Digipack, casette and five separate vinyl pressings — red marble, gold, red, grey and black — and bundle that includes CD, t-shirt, temporary tattoo, poster and keychain.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soulfly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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