SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) was forced to miss the final show of the band's European tour last night (Friday, March 27) at Posten in Odense, Denmark after being taken ill. The rest of SOULFLY went ahead and played the gig without him, with bassist Bobby Burns assuming bass and vocal duties (and fellow axeman Marc Rizzo joining in) while Luis Marrufo from support band INCITE filled in on rhythm guitar.
Fan-filmed video footage of the "Refuse/Resist" and "Prophecy" performances from last night's concert can be viewed below.
Regarding the songwriting process for the next SOULFLY album, Max said in a recent interview, "I am working on new songs with Marc [Rizzo, guitar], a little bit. We're thinking about making the songs a little shorter, so if you can imagine maybe a little bit like MINOR THREAT mixed with [SLAYER's] 'Reign In Blood' mixed with SOULFLY, with still some world music, but much smaller, and the songs not so long — shorter. It'll be more aggressive than [last year's] 'Conquer' [album] even, because it'll be shorter — it'll be like when SLAYER did 'Reign In Blood', [that] kind of thing. I don't know why some interviewers talked to me and said that they thought that the album was gonna be less aggressive, more like [2000's] 'Primitive', which I don't know where it came from, because I never said that. In fact, I just started working on the album on this tour, so it's only been a month. But this is the official news right now — it's gonna be more aggressive, faster, shorter."
As previously reported, the two B-sides from SOULFLY's "Conquer" recording sessions at the Porch Studio in Orlando, Florida have been made available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. The songs "Mypath" and a cover of BAD BRAINS' "Sailin' On" are available for purchase on the special-edition release of "Conquer" (CD/DVD or digital).
"Conquer" sold around 8,400 copies in the Unted States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 66 on The Billboard 200 chart This number is in line with the opening tally of the CD's predecessor, "Dark Ages", which shifted a little more than 8,000 copies during its first week of release in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 155.