'Discography' is a series originating at Roadrunner UK that interviews an artist going album-by-album through their catalog. While Soulfly were in the UK at the start of their 9-week touring assault throughout Europe, RR UK caught up with frontman Max Cavalera to talk about the band's discography.
In this brutally honest part 3 of our Discography series with Soulfly, Max Cavalera discusses his own disappointment in the band's third album 3 and his joy in the writing and recording of the bands 2004 follow-up to that Prophecy. For those who missed yesterday's discussion of Primitive or Monday's discussion of the band's self-titled debut, click here for part 1 and click here for part 2.
"3 for me is the weakest Soulfly album. It's an uninspired name, I don't know what the fuck I was thinking. The original name was Downstroy, but I think out of laziness I changed it.
"Out of that album, two things came out good. 'Seek and Strike', which we still play live and which has a great bouncy riff, and 'Last of the Mohicans' (called'L.O.T.M.' on the album itself). Everything else on that record is really not that good. I think it was a little bit rushed, and I wasn't very inspired."
"Prophecy came out like a big revelation for everybody, it was a great album. I was back, my creative shit was back again, and it turned out to be a great record with songs like 'Prophecy', 'Living Sacrifice', and 'Mars' with the flamenco jam that Marc does every night.
"I went to Serbia to record with Eyesburn, where we did one of the first metal/dub/reggae songs, called 'Moses'. There's a professor of music who played bagpipes and all these weird instruments which I think was really cool, and Dave Ellefson from Megadeth played bass on three tracks.
"In the end, I think that's where you can hear the first signs that we're going heavier. There was a 'the heavier the better' attitude and that was the case."
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