Soulfly Are Back In The Studio

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Last we heard from agro metallers Soulfly, frontman Max Cavalera had just chopped off the dreadlock he’d been growing for two-plus decades. But now, the band have shared a social media post showing the guitarist and vocalist back in the studio.

Soulfly just posted a picture to Instagram of Max working on some riffs, with the following caption:

“Tribe! SOULFLY are proud to announce that we have entered the studio to record the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ritual.

“For the twelfth album, the band is working with producer Arthur Rizk (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP, CODE ORANGE) at Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Max Cavalera comments, ‘I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year. We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure #SOULFLY!’

The as-of-yet-untitled-record is tentatively scheduled for a late 2021 release via @NuclearBlastRecords. Stay tuned for more updates.”


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Given the critical acclaim that the band saw with the release of 2015’s Archangel and 2018’s Ritual, Soulfly are on a bit of a hot streak right now. Hopefully, Max’s short dreadlock is being kept in a glass box and prayed to regularly.

If you want to know how Max grew such a stately length of lock, a 2011 interview dug up by Blabbermouth will shed some insight: “Just leave it there, and it grows, and leave it alone. I wash it. It’s clean. I did find food one time. I opened one of them up and found some macaroni or cheese or rice. I think my wife was going through the dreads and [she said], ‘There’s some food in here, right?’ A stash from tour.

“But, yeah, I just let it grow. I’ve been growing it since 1997. That’s when I started. I never stopped. There’s been rumors that I cut it off. Sometimes fans come to me and say, ‘Hey, man, let me see your dreads. Oh, they’re still there. I heard that you cut it off.’”


Words by Chris Krovatin