The Costin Chioreanu-creation of an animated video clip for the SOULFLY song “Dirt on Dirt” can be seen below. The title is taken from the group’s twelfth album, “Totem”which will be released on August 5 via Nuclear explosion. The sequel to 2018 “Ritual” was recorded at Platinum Underground in Mesa, Arizona by John Aquiline and Arthur Rize with the help of John Powers. Produced by main man Max Cavalera next to Arthur Rize (CREATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CODE AMBER), the LP boasts guest appearances from John Powers (ETERNAL CHAMPION),chris ulsh (POWER TRIGGER),and Jean Tardi (OBITUARY). Rizk was also responsible for playing lead guitar on the record. The album cover was created by James Bousema.
Max comments: ““Dirt on Dirt” was the first unleashed track at the tribe last year. costin created an amazing and wild rendition of the song! This is a song made by a headbanger for headbangers!”
“Dirt on Dirt” is the sequel to SOULFLYthe previous single from, “Scouring the Vile”which was made available last month. Max Told The Bogcast about this track: “We’ve lost so many good people [to] cancer. I remember when I was writing the record, LG [Petrov] of BURIED deceased, and Mandrel [Schuldiner] of DEATH [died 20 years ago], as well as family members who have succumbed to cancer. And so I was, like, ‘I wanna write a song versus cancer” – a letter like “Fuck you, Cancer”, like a letter to Cancer: “Fuck you”. You’re not going to bring us all down. We’re going to fight you. This is one of the heaviest songs on the record.”
As for the other lyrical themes covered on “Totem”, Max say it [first single] ‘Superstition’ was inspired by Superstition Mountains. I ended up reading a lot about this and the whole Lost Dutchman. Many people died there. It’s a really mysterious and mystical place, so I kind of made the lyrics tie into that, which was pretty cool. In the refrain itself, it says: “Superstition is harder than stone”. I’m talking about the mountain itself. It’s a tough mountain. It’s been there forever and probably will be until the end of time.
“The whole record is inspired by nature,” he continued. “That’s why it’s called ‘Totem’. I don’t know if you’ve seen the cover, but we have this totem with a bunch of different animals in it. Supposedly, it’s kind of like our spirit animals and signs. There is almost like a lion mixed with a warthog and there is a goat with horns. And there’s an owl, an eagle on it. And it’s in the forest.
“So, yes, the record was inspired by nature – the spirits in nature”, Cavalera added. “I find it fascinating. I love it. I think the desert is very spiritual and very mysterious. And also the forest. We travel a lot, so we go to Iceland and Norway, and we see all these beautiful forests and everything that.
“So a lot of the record was inspired by, I guess you would call it worshiping nature, almost like a god. A lot of the natives have this belief – that nature is like a god that you worship. So I think that became kind of the focal point for the record. There are definitely songs that deal with different topics on it. There’s also one that talks a bit about society in general, and it’s called “Dirt on Dirt”. It’s very, very ‘Reign in Blood’ influence; I listened to a lot of ‘Reign in Blood’ when I wrote this song. The tempo is a killer KILLER kind of groove. There is a song called “The Damage Caused”. This is all deforestation. I read a lot about the Amazon, how they just rape, pillage and destroy and it’s like the lungs of the world. It’s kind of up to us to talk about at least some of those topics, so I think it was pretty cool to give it a shot.”
According Max, “Totem” ends with a 10-minute track titled “Spirit Animal”. “It’s kind of like some kind of epic song,” he said. “It’s really inspired by old heavy metal songs, like closes of BLACK SABBATH really long albums, like eight [or] nine minutes, like ‘Heaven and Hell’– type shit. I wanted to write something like this. So there are a lot of parts – tons of riffs. It’s a riff festival. [Laughs] And that’s great, because it also… Richie of ENCOURAGE sing on it, my [step]son. And we have Chris of POWER TRIGGER do the solos on it. He is also in MAMMOTH CRUSHER. He’s a great musician. So he did the solos on “Spirit Animal”and he came out sick.”
“Totem” track list:
02. Scouring the vile
03. Dirt on dirt
04. rot in pain
05. The damage caused
07. The ancestors
08. golden ecstasy
09. Soulfly XII
ten. spirit animal
In a recent interview with the “Rez Metal” podcast, Max said about “Totem”: “It was created a little differently. The majority was just me and my son Zion play together, so we kind of wrote most of the material. And then I had a great producer friend, Arthur Rize; he worked with POWER TRIGGER and CODE AMBER. arthur that’s great man. And I was curious to know how arthur would make a SOULFLY record sound if it was charging [of] this. And we created something that, to me, is a bit like… It’s almost like a biography of Max music. We cover everything from the early days to the end… So there’s black metal, there’s death metal and thrash metal, there’s groove metal — there’s everything. So the record goes really deep into all the different areas of metal. So because of that, the album feels very diverse. At the end of the day, I just wanted to make a solid, attitude-filled record that just says, “We’re here to fuck shit up.” This is what we do. That’s why I like to play metal, because of the energy it gives me.
“I don’t want to describe the record too much – I’d rather people hear it and see what they think – but to me, I feel like it’s just a really, really energetic album. SOULFLY registration,” Cavalera added. “It’s kind of cool to have this kind of… After so many records, if you can still put out an energetic record, that says a lot about your career; you’re not slowing down – you’re, in fact, going in the opposite direction So I’m more in the trenches than ever with this one. [I’ve been] rejuvenated; I feel like a young metal player again. These are great items to have. Especially when you get older, a lot of people get softer and slower. I am not one of those people. I just want to get even wilder, get heavier. But always with the SOULFLY groove, because I think that’s a key part of SOULFLY; it’s always been the groove. So we pay a lot of attention to the… We actually added a lot of percussion to it, so it sort of comes down to records like ‘Primitive’; some of the grooves go back to songs like ‘Primitive’ and ‘Boom’but some of the other stuff is super aggressive and it’s like a lot of current extreme metal that I’m listening to right now from a lot of other bands. »
SOULFLY carried out “Superstition” and “Dirt on Dirt” during his recent US tour.
In April 2021, Max Told Chris Enriquez of Saint Vitus Presents: Age Of Quarantine this Rizk took the new SOULFLY project “super seriously. He said, ‘Hey, MaxI don’t want to do just another one SOULFLY registration. I want to do the bestSOULFLY ‘, he recalls. ‘I was, like, ‘Alright. I accept the challenge. Let’s do it, man.'”
In December 2020, Max say it “Sappenin Podcast with Sean Smith” on the process of writing songs for the new SOULFLY album: “What’s cool about Zion, the way he plays the drums, it’s kind of like a wild animal – he has no restraint, man, and he goes wild on the drums. Pure, brutal power drumming, and I love it. So that takes me back to a lot of the early records that I like – a lot of the old ones BURIED tricks and CARCASS and DEATH BY NAPALM; shit out of control. So I think we have that kind of spirit on a lot of new tracks.”
In August 2021, SOULFLY parted ways with longtime guitarist Marc Rizo due to personal differences. A permanent replacement guitarist has yet to be announced. THE FEAR FACTORYit is Dino Cazares played the guitar for SOULFLY during the summer 2021 US tour and again took on second guitar duties during the band’s latest set of shows.
In June 2020, SOULFLY released a new digital EP, “NYC MMXIX Live Ritual”. The effort was recorded at the Gramercy in New York on February 11, 2019 as SOULFLY was on tour in support of his most recent album, “Ritual”. The EP’s audio was mixed and mastered by Charles Elliot (ABYSMALE DAWN) of Taste Maker Audio. The cover artwork was made up of photos taken live by Rodrigo Fredes.
“Ritual” was released in October 2018 via Nuclear explosion. The sequel to 2015 “Archangel” was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbour (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).