Soulfly Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The band’s “Blood On The Street 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, CA.  The almost month-long, which is in support of Soulfly’s latest album Ritual (2018) tour also features performances in cities, such as Clifton, NJ; Athens, GA and Clarksville, TN.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tickets are now on sale via www.soulfly.com/shows.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s Blood On the Street U.S. tour with UNEARTH (Sept 3 – Sept 16),INCITE, PRISON and ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN are:
9/03/2019  Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
9/04/2019  Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
9/05/2019  Ft Smith, AR The Majestic
9/06/2019  Memphis, TN Growlers
9/07/2019  Cave In Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Festival
9/08/2019  Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
9/09/2019  Buffalo, NY Chrome
9/10/2019  Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
9/11/2019  New York, NY (le) Poisson Rouge
9/12/2019  Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
9/13/2019  Providence, RI Fete Ballroom*
9/14/2019  Easton, PA One Centre Square*
9/15/2019  Baltimore, MD Soundstage
9/16/2019  Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9/19/2019  Athens, GA 40 Watt ^
9/20/2019  Clarksville, TN The Warehouse ^
9/23/2019  Houston, TX BFE Rock Club ^
9/24/2019  Austin, TX Barracuda ^
9/25/2019  El Paso, TX Rockhouse ^
9/26/2019  Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ^
9/28/2019  San Diego, CA Brick By Brick ^
9/29/2019  Los Angeles, CA Whisky A Go Go ^
* – No ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN
^ – No UNEARTH

Soulfly’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of a winter North American tour run that ran from Jan. 25 to Feb. Feb. 26.  The band released a series of videos in support of Ritual, the most recent of which was the lyric video for the album’s single ‘Under Rapture.’  Prior to its release, the band also released a series of videos featuring Soulfly front man Max Cavalera discussing various aspects of Ritual and a group of music videos.

The full list of videos is noted below with their links.

More on Ritual:
“Evil Empowered” track video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB7gYzoVUQw
“Ritual” 360º track video https://youtu.be/z2LHZs7xx-w
“Dead Behind The Eyes” visualizer https://youtu.be/v3uSTOQlDXc
Trailer #1 (album artwork) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH-CPWmzo
Trailer #2 (working w/ Josh Wilburhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_fTgBx2iY
Trailer #3 (album title) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81QdZPqpeY
Trail #4 (return of tribal elements) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgJGksz66ZA 
Trailer #5 (working with the Navajo tribe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5cNXiAvmbk
Trailer #6 (choosing what music goes to what project) https://youtu.be/HdqwH3tIA-o
Trailer #7 (working with guest vocalists) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n9a0xVkfjI
WATCH: “Under Rapture”, Lyric Video (Feat.Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION)) 

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

 

Websitehttp://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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TesseracT Claims Top Honors In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

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This year has been a truly productive time for the metal community.  Veteran acts, up-and-comers and even the underground have produced offerings that have given the metal masses more than enough reason to put their horns in the air all year long.  The most notable acts who have released standout albums this year include, and are not limited to  from All Hail The Yeti, Judas Priest and Artillery just to name a few bands.

Keeping this in mind, rock and metal critics the world over will have to agree that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings was a monumental task.  That was especially the case for this critic.  This critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums features new albums from bands from both sides of the Atlantic and from the mainstream and the underground.

Taking the top spot in this year’s list from Phil’s Picks is none other than the British prog-metal outfit TesseracT, Sonder.  The band’s latest offering is both musically and lyrically a truly in-depth offering that holds its own in the metal community and the prog community.

Second place this year goes to Florida’s own Nonpoint.  The band’s aptly-titled is a powerhouse offering from the veteran hard rock band that shows Nonpoint as a band at the top of its game both musically and lyrically.

Judas Priest takes the bronze this year with its new album Firepower.  This one was not an easy choice to make, as Nonpoint, Judas Priest and TesseracT are all outstanding bands in their own right.  Firepower harkens back to some of Judas Priest’s best work from days long gone, and is such a welcome album.  With lyrics that pay tribute to the military, that make a bold statement of standing up for one’s self and more, it is that much stronger, so it was not with ease that the album ended up in third.

Also featured in this year’s list are new albums from Artillery, All Hail The Yeti and Soulfly just to name a few more. As always, the top 10 albums are the main list while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  With all of this in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. TesseracT — Sonder
  2. Nonpoint — X
  3. Judas Priest — Firepower
  4. Between The Buried and Me — Automata
  5. Soulfly — Ritual
  6. Sevendust — All I See Is War
  7. All Hail The Yeti — Highway Crosses
  8. Exmortus — The Sound of Steel
  9. Artillery — The Face of Fear
  10. The Amsterdam Red Light District — Sapere Aude
  11. Ice Nine Kills — The Silver Scream
  12. Black Label Society — Grimmest Hits
  13. Unearth — Extinction(s)
  14. Atreyu — In Our Wake
  15. Zardonic — Become

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Soulfly Debuts ‘Under Rapture’ Lyric Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Only days after the band debuted the latest “trailer” for its new album Ritual, Soulfly has unveiled the lyric video for its new single.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Under Rapture’ on Friday.  The single features guest vocals from Immolation front man Ross Dolan, with whom Soulfly front man Max Cavalera discussed working in that noted recent “trailer.”

Dolan said in a recent interview that he enjoyed taking part in the creation of ‘Under Rapture.’

“It was really exciting for me to be part of the new Soulfly album,” Dolan said.  “‘Under Rapture’ is a crushing song, and I was on board the second I heard it.  It was truly an honor for me to have been part of this.  I think it’s a sick song, both musically and lyrically, and I am really happy with the end result!”

He added, “This collaboration started last February when we were invited out as support on the ‘Return to Roots’ tour, which eventually led to Max singing on the ‘Morbid Visions’ cover we did for the Death Is Just The Beginning compilation.  As fans, having Max part of this really made it special, and truly meant the world to us.”

Soulfly debuted Ritual‘s seventh “trailer” on Wednesday.  [Max] Cavalera discussed working with Dolan and Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe in that video.  Prior to its release, the band also released trailers featuring Cavalera discussing: the choice of music for projects, working with the Navajo tribe, the return of tribal elements on RitualRitual‘s title, working with producer Josh Wilbur on Ritual, and Ritual‘s artwork.

The band has also previously released a “visualizer” for its single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes,’ which features Randy Blythe on guest vocals, a 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and stream of the album’s lead single ‘Evil Empowered.’

The full track listing for Ritual 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

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly will launch a month-long tour in support of Ritual in January that is scheduled to launch Jan. 25 in Albuquerque, NM and run through Feb. 26 in Los Angeles, CA.  That schedule is noted below. Tickets can be purchased here.

SOULFLY, INCITE
1/25/2019 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
1/26/2019 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
1/27/2019 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
1/28/2019 New Orleans, LA – Santos
1/31/2019 – 2/4/2019 – 70000 TONS OF METAL CRUISE (SOULFLY only)

SOULFLYKATAKLYSMINCITECHAOSEUM (Feb 5-11), ALUKAH (Feb 12 – 18), SKINFLINT (Feb 19-26)
2/05/2019 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
2/06/2019 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/07/2019 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
2/08/2019 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
2/09/2019 Reading, PA – Reverb / Tsunami Fest
2/10/2019 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/11/2019 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
2/12/2019 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
2/13/2019 Flint, MI – Buick City Events Center
2/14/2019 Joliet, IL – The Forge
2/15/2019 Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
2/16/2019 Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
2/17/2019 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
2/18/2019 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
2/19/2019 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
2/20/2019 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
2/22/2019 Spokane, WA – The Pin
2/23/2019 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
2/24/2019 Portland, OR – BossaNova
2/25/2019 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theatre
2/26/2019 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 Club

More information on Soulfly’s tour schedule is available online, along with all of the band’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 Seventh “Trailer” From ‘Ritual’

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The wait is almost over for Soulfly’s new album, Ritual, and in continued anticipation of its release, the band has debuted another new trailer.

The band debuted the album’s seventh “trailer” on Wednesday. In the latest “trailer,” Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera talks about working with guest vocalists on the band’s forthcoming album.  Audiences learn early on that Immolation front man Ross  Dolan did not even know that he was going to be featured on Ritual when the story broke that he will be included in the record.

Cavalera also discusses working with Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe on the song ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’ during the interview.  This is just the latest mention that has been made of Blythe’s work with Soulfly on Ritual.

Early last month, Soulfly debuted ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’ as Ritual‘s third single. Cavalera discussed the connection between Blythe, producer Josh Wilbur (who produced Ritual as well as albums from Lamb of God) and how that connection led to Blythe being featured on Ritual.  He also talked about at length about the song’s title and lyrics in the interview.

This new discussion is just the latest to promote Ritual.  In previous discussions, Cavalera has also talked about choosing what music goes to what project, working with the Navajo on Ritual, the return of tribal elements to the band’s new album, the album’s title, working with Josh Wilbur, and Ritual‘s artwork.

Along with the video for ‘Dead Behind The Eyes,’ Soulfly has also released a 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and a stream of the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered.’

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:

 

Websitehttp://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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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Soulfly Debuts ‘Ritual’ Title Track

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

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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