'Discography' is a series originating at Roadrunner UK that interviews an artist going album-by-album through their notable 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 lengthy discography.
Starting with the Soulfly's 1998 self-titled debut, Max pontificates on the making of the album and how he feels about it looking back after all these years:
" ...The musicians were Lucio (Maia), a great Brazilian guitar player who plays bossanova-style Brazilian guitar mixed with Jimi Hendrix, really tasty guitar playing – he did a lot of cool stuff on the record. We had Roy (Mayorga – drums) and Marcello (D. Rapp – bass) in the band too. Roy’s an amazing drummer, he still kicks ass today. He made great beats for the record, I love the beats he did on ‘Eye For An Eye’ – he wrote it on a drum machine but translated it to a live set, with the same energy. Marcello’s a really good bass player too- he was a Sepultura roadie for many years so we were friends from when we were teenagers. He started playing bass and got really good at it, so I invited him to be part of Soulfly from the beginning.
"[Recording with new people after Sepultura] was scary, I didn’t know if I could trust these guys with the burden of coming from albums like Roots and Chaos AD, it was a huge space to fill, but they did great. The album sounds amazing, really powerful. It’s a lot of people’s favourite Soulfly album.
"To me, there’s a lot of pride involved because it was my first American Gold album, before Sepultura achieved that. It’s on my wall, it has huge value to me. It was also Gold in Australia..."
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