Soulfly at the Moxi Theatre, Greeley | The music


The queen is not the first band that comes to mind when listening to death-metal band Soulfly. For one thing, Brazilian-born frontman Max Cavalera’s vocals are set several octaves below Freddie Mercury’s, and his four-string guitar riffs are far less showy than the double-necked guitar solos that Brian May favorite.

But it was while watching Queen perform “We Will Rock You,” at the same São Paulo stadium where Max and his brother Igor attended football matches, that the 11-year-old sports fanatic discovered his true calling.

“The moment the lights went out I had goosebumps all over my body,” he wrote in the “Skulls, Schools, and Rat Dicks” chapter of his My bloody roots autobiography. “And I was like, ‘I really like it. I think I like it more than football!

The two brothers then formed Sepultura, a heavy metal band whose music would, over the course of their first six albums, increasingly incorporate elements of Brazilian influences and world music.

This trend continued when Max left to form his own band Soulfly, most notably on their 2005 album. dark timeswhich led him to book recording sessions in Turkey, Serbia, Russia, France and the United States. Cavalera has since collaborated with an assortment of other genre-defying artists, including Dave Grohl, Sean Lennon and Ice-T’s Body Count.

Two weeks ago, Soulfly kicked off their 25th anniversary tour, in which Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares replaced longtime guitarist Marc Rizzo. But it’s Cavalera who, as always, takes center stage, with his larger-than-life shamanic presence, gas-masked skeleton mic stand and — in a photo posted to the band’s website last week. – a six-string guitar. No Queen coverage yet, but stranger things have happened.


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