Nuclear Blast Entertainment has set an August 14 North American release date for "Archangel", the tenth studio album from SOULFLY. The CD was produced by Matt Hyde, who has previously worked with SLAYER and CHILDREN OF BODOM.
SOULFLY will embark on a North American headlining tour at the end of September. Joining them on this epic campaign are Swedish melodic death metal visionaries SOILWORK, Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, and hot newcomers SHATTERED SUN.
"This is a great package and brutal lineup," said SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera. "I personally am a fan of all these bands and it's an honor to have them touring with us! See you in the pit!"
"We Sold Our Souls To Metal" tour featuring SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN:
Sep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater
Oct. 01 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Oct. 02 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 03 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct. 04 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Oct. 06 - Kelowna, BC - Level Nightclub
Oct. 07 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Oct. 08 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
Oct. 09 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
Oct. 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
Oct. 11 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Oct. 12 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Oct. 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theater
Oct. 18 - Columbus, OH - Northland Performing Arts Center
Oct. 19 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
Oct. 20 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 21 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Oct. 22 - Knoxville, TN - The International
Oct. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 24 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Oct. 25 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Oct. 27 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct. 28 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
Oct. 29 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Oct. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Meet-and-greet packages will be made available as well.
For more information and tickets, visit www.soulfly.com.
Speaking about "Archangel", Max told Groovey.TV: "[It's a] really cool record. [It's] very exotic, mystic, really biblical. [It's] very, very heavy again. It's very influenced by the stuff I listen to right now — 1349 and BELPHEGOR, BEHEMOTH… I've been listening to a lot of death metal. Don't ask me why. I don't know why. I just fucking love the extremity of it. So, yeah, it's gonna be a really cool record. It's our tenth record. And I'm very excited for this album. And then I will tour for 'Archangel' probably for the next year and a half, two years, non-stop."
In a separate interview with Metal Wani, Max stated about SOULFLY's upcoming CD: "It's an interesting record. It's one of those [records] that come out once in a lifetime, an album like that comes out — really crazy sounds and very different dimensions. It's more experimental than the other stuff. It's still heavy as hell, and it's still fast. And Zyon's [Cavalera, Max's son] playing drums on it. He's actually playing really good. He reminds me of a young Dave Lombardo [SLAYER]. The fills that he's doing [are] really amazing; he surprised everybody in the studio. Matt Hyde is producing; he worked with SLAYER before. So it's really cool; a really good team."
Max also talked about the new SOULFLY song "We Sold Our Souls To Metal", which he previously described as a "metal anthem." Asked about the mindset that is required to write a track like that, Max said: "It just happens. You can't explain it. It's one of those things… [When] you play it, it has an instant reaction on the listener."
He continued: "I was very curious about that, so I was playing around with the song, playing it for people, to see what kind of reaction it gets. And almost everybody, the reaction was, like, 'This is so crazy. I can't wait 'till you guys play this live.' It's got this kind of New York hardcore chant that we do in the chorus — like, gang vocals. It's really, really fun, and everybody gets to sing together. That's why I was thinking that it's gonna become an anthem — the chorus, all the fans are gonna sing it together, and it's saying something. 'Cause, 'we sold our souls to metal,' I think every metalhead feels like that — that we did kind of a pact and we sold our souls for this music that we love so much. So it's something that I think [they'll] sing that with some kind of pride. I think it's gonna happen when that song comes out, at least. And then it ends [in a] very PINK FLOYD [-like way], which is really strange; I don't know why we did that. I still don't know if it was the right thing, but it came out like that. Marc [Rizzo] just did some really crazy guitars at the end of it that is just, like… It goes from total metal into crazy PINK FLOYD, but it works. I mean, it's really wild. And we like wild stuff. I always was drawn to weird, weird stuff, and that's definitely weird, in a good way."
Regarding the musical direction of the new SOULFLY material, Max told The Front Row Report: "Some of the stuff is really fast, actually; like the first couple of songs on the album are all fast. And then it eventually slows down and there's some kind of really heavy stuff. But I think it's a really strong album that I'm very proud of, and I think a lot of people are gonna like it."
SOULFY's ninth CD, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others.