In a brand new interview with Backstage Axxess, Max Cavalera spoke about his plans for SOULFLY's follow-up to 2015's "Archangel" album, tentatively due next summer via Nuclear Blast. He said (hear audio below): "I'm actually writing right now. I'm collecting the riffs right now and getting the ideas. We are already kind of booked for January with Josh Wilbur, the producer of LAMB OF GOD and GOJIRA and KILLER BE KILLED. I think he'll be great for the SOULFLY record; he's a great producer. I'm excited, because I think the album will have a little bit of a return to some tribal sounds that I haven't done since [2004's] 'Prophecy'. So that'll be cool, to return to some of that. And then the rest of the album will be a continuation of 'Archangel'; a lot of people like 'Archangel'. And, of course, I think that it will be also somehow influenced by [CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's new album] 'Psychosis', 'cause 'Psychosis' was such a cool record that I'm sure that somewhere in the SOULFLY record we'll have the influence of that on top of it too. So it'll be a really cool record to work on."
Max recently told the "No Limits Music Show" that SOULFLY's upcoming disc will be "deeply tribal, very spiritual. There's a concept. I cannot tell you much about it, 'cause it's kind of a surprise," he said. "But there is a concept behind the record, and I have not done a record with a concept like this since [SEPULTURA's] 'Roots'. So this one has got the same kind of feeling that 'Roots' has."
Max said that the difference between his writing approach for SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is that with SOULFLY "I've got more room, I can do more stuff with it. 'Cause I've got the world music element, the tribal element, the spiritual element," he explained. "They give me more room to go even further on what I can do with the music, so I'm very excited. I think it's gonna be a great record."
Max and his brother, former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera, have spent the last year and a half celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's "Roots" album by performing the LP in its entirety all over the world.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY — which also features Max and Igor — released its fourth album, "Psychosis", on November 17 via Napalm Records.