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Soulfly
Hard Rock


Upon his exit from Sepultura in late 1996, singer/guitarist/songwriter Max Cavalera almost automatically set out to form his next musical endeavor, the ultra-heavy Soulfly. Besides leaving one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world, which he co-founded in the early '80s, he also had to deal with the unsolved murder of his stepson/best friend Dana Wells. Using music as therapy to overcome his depression, Cavalera put together a band that included Roy "Rata" Mayorga on drums (ex-Thorn), Jackson Bandeira on second guitar (ex-Chico Science), while former Sepultura roadie Marcello D. Rapp rounded out the quartet on bass. Their self-titled debut album was released in the spring of 1998. Besides fronting Soulfly, Cavalera has branched out into other areas usually not associated with heavy metal musicians. He became a much-sought-after speaker at music conventions, as evidenced by his appearances at CMJ's New Music Marathon in New York and Holland's Crossing Boarder Festival, both in late 1997. He also guested on Deftones' breakthrough album Around the Fur, and signed on to sing a TV commercial for Sprite in his native land of Brazil. Soulfly's second album, Primitive, was released in the fall of 2000. The album was met with a split reaction, and Cavalera found himself the object of criticism from factions of his fanbase. The heavy amount of guest appearances and preference towards nu-metal lyrics were the main complaints, but Cavalera maintained his pride in his work and kept going. He hit the road and toured behind the album, gaining back drummer Roy Mayorga in the process. The band stepped back into the studio and recorded III with Cavalera behind the boards, utilizing their individual talents more and stripping away the guest-friendly atmosphere of the past two albums. The final release appeared in the summer of 2002. Greg Prato

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