Soulfly's Marc Rizzo: New Album, Solo Tour In 2010
December 16, 2009
once again has stepped out from his six-string tour of duty with Soulfly
and Cavalera Conspiracy
to deliver his new solo project, 'Legionaire'
on Phlamencore Records
. This new albums reveals a phenomenal command of the guitar that Rizzo
has become known for. 'Legionaire'
was written and recorded over a two year period, while touring worldwide with Soulfly
and Cavalera Conspiracy
. Having time to write this record while on the road and in between tours, Rizzo
would break and get into the studio to record, then back out on the road. "I'm really excited about this record", exclaims Rizzo
. "I had a lot of time since my last record to really think about this new album. I think traveling all over the world, writing all the new material, really influenced the sound. After two U.S. solo tours in 2008, I think I really figured out what songs work well live. I'm really excited to play these new songs in front of a live audience. It's very cool to see kids slam dancing and going off to instrumental music." Rizzo
is touted a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and flamenco guitar. His raw energy combined with the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre. 'Legionaire'
1. Release The Kraken
2. .....By Great Odins Beard
4. Victim In Shred
5. The Emerald Goblet
6. The Wrath Of Crom
7. Peaks And Vallies
9. Life And Will
10. Fenestrelle Fortress
11. The Metallurgist Marc Rizzo
is one of the new breed of young guitarists in contemporary bands and has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording with Ill Nino
, Soulfly and now breaking Metal History with shredding for Metal Icons Max
& Iggor Cavalera
in Cavalera Conspiracy
. Marc Rizzo
1/08 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
1/09 - Erie, PA - Sherlocks
1/10 - Lexington, KY - Busters
1/12 - Parkersburg, WV - Club Vibe
1/13 - Kent, OH - JB's
1/14 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
1/15 - Dayton, OH - McGuffy's
1/16 - Amelia, OH - Big Ed's
1/18 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
1/19 - Lincoln, NE - Knickerbockers
1/20 - Salina, KS - Blue Goat
1/21 - Kansas City, MO - Crosstown station
1/22 - Wichita, KS - Lizard Lounge
For more info on Marc Rizzo
, visit www.myspace.com/marcrizzo
Cavalera Conspiracy Cancel OZ Dates
August 3, 2008
The following explanation regarding the cancellation of Cavalera Conspiracy's
upcoming dates in Australia and New Zealand as a part of Judas Priest's
"Priest Feast 2008
" has been issued on the band's myspace page:
has been deemed an "inappropriate" band to perform with Judas Priest
on their "Priest Feast 2008
" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, and have thusly been forced to cancel their appearance at the previously announced tour dates in the southern Pacific.
Although Cavalera Conspiracy
of the legendary Sepultura
) had several amazing and successful dates with their brothers in Priest
throughout Eastern Europe, apparently the band has been deemed too inflammatory to open for Priest
in Australia and NZ..
So, with that said, this post is an apology to the fans in the Australia and New Zealand for the cancellations.
brothers will be back soon (..hopefully with a more reasonably priced tour...)!"
are currently finishing up their North American Headlining tour, which also features The Dillinger Escape Plan
, Bury Your Dead
, and Incite
. Immediately following that, the band will perform at the Annual D-Low Festival
in Arizona, before making the trek to Texas to be a part of this year's one day Ozzfest
" Remaining Dates:
8/3 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
8/5 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
8/7 - D-Low Festival
at the Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
8/9 - Ozzfest
at Pizza Hut Park - Frisco, TX
(Thanks: Ryan B.
Soulfly Line Up more UK Dates
July 25, 2008
have announced a few additions to their August run in support of their new studio album, ‘Conquer’
which hits stores this coming Monday 28th July (Tuesday, July 29th here in the U.S.).
Fresh off the road with his Cavalera Conspiracy
project that saw him headline the Tuborg Stage
at this year’s Download Festival
, Max Cavalera
and his Soulfly
cohorts will now play the following shows, in addition to their previously announced Bloodstock
slot. Full dates are as follows:
8/15 – Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
8/16 – London ULU (Kerrang! Awards
8/17 – Dudley JBs
8/18 – Sheffield Leadmill
8/19 – Cambridge Junction
8/20 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tickets are on sale now from box offices and all usual agents and online at www.gigsandtours.com
Cavalera Conspiracy Concert To Be Streamed Live
June 21, 2008
upcoming concert at Docks in Hamburg, Germany will be streamed live for free on Monday, June 23rd at 9:30pm Germany time – 3:30pm US East Coast time – 12:30pm US West Coast time.
Yuo can check it out at www.Ligx.de
will be hitting the U.S later this summer for what will likely be their only tour for their recently released album, 'Inflikted'
. The tour will kick off in July, and will also feature The Dillinger Escape Plan
, Bury Your Dead
, and Incite
Dillinger Escape Plan Video Premiere On Myspace
May 22, 2008
Noisecore vets The Dillinger Escape Plan seen the worldwide premiere of their video for “Black Bubblegum”, the second video from their acclaimed new album 'Ire Works', today (Wednesday, May 21st) via MySpace. The video was shot in Los Angeles, CA with Ilan Sharone of Pneuamtic Pictures. Check it out below.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are currently rounding out their Australian and New Zealand headlining tour. The band will then return to Europe in June for dates with Meshuggah and a number of festival appearances including Download, Gods Of Metal, Roskilde, and more.
The Dillinger Escape Plan has also been added to a portion of this Summer’s Warped Tour followed by a U.S. tour with Cavalera Conspiracy, Throwdown, and Bury Your Dead. DEP will also be performing as part of the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Calgary along with Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Hatebreed, Voivod, and more. A complete listing of confirmed DEP tour dates are listed below with more to be announced soon.
The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates:
Vans Warped Tour:
7/9 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater
7/10 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
7/11 - St Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park
7/12 - Miami, FL - Bicentennial Park
7/13 - Elkton, FL - St. Johns County Fairgrounds
7/14 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
w/ Cavalera Conspiracy, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, Incite:
7/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
7/18 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
7/19 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
7/20 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
7/21 - Baltimore, MD - Ramshead Live
7/23 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
7/25 - Toronto, ON - Wakefest
7/26 - Calgary, AB - McMahon Stadium (Monsters Of Rock fest)
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YEAR FORMED: 2007
HOME TOWN: Arizona
Max Cavalera - Vocals
Iggor Cavalera - Drums
Marc Rizzo - Lead Guitar
Joe Duplantier - Bass
"The Cavalera Conspiracy is about a sense of being unleashed," says vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. "You bottle a monster for 10 years and then let it out. It's explosive, and we waited a long time for this beast to be set free."
It's true. The wait is over. And the time is now. Many said it would never happen, that Max and Iggor Cavalera, the Brazilian brothers and visionaries that formed the groundbreaking metal band Sepultura in 1983 would reunite to make electrifying music together again. Despite having spent 12 years apart, the inescapable fact remains: Max and Iggor share blood and are musical soulmates. Their time away from each other fostered musical growth leading to the newly inspired metallic magic. Hence, the Cavalera Conspiracy was born. While the Cavalera Conspiracy and their Roadrunner Records debut Inflikted may seem like the closest we'll get to a Sepultura reunion, make no mistake. The Cavalera Conspiracy is its own maniacal, untamable beast with its own set of rules.
Iggor sums up their musical connection, simply stating, "We don't need to speak. We look at each other and we know. With one look, we know if we're going in the right direction." That's how clearly they understand one another.
Max continues, "There was over 10 years of not seeing or talking to each other at all, which is a long ass time. That's what made it more special when it did finally happen. While we were working together, I was thinking about how the last time I saw him, I was on a tour bus, after my last show with Sepultura at the Brixton Academy. Fast forward and I'm picking him up at the airport in Phoenix. It was heavy and emotional. Obviously, all those feelings, along with years of musical history, came flooding back, and once the personal relationship was restored, the musical one began to take shape.
The first seeds of the Max/Iggor reunion were planted when the duo played together at the Dana Tribute show, an annual
benefit played for Max's slain stepson. "I was playing with Iggor at a show that was so meaningful," Max admits. "We got to play ‘Roots' and ‘Attitude,' which is a song I wrote with Dana. From that point on, I couldn't help myself. I knew I wanted to record with him again. I had not done a ‘project' since Nailbomb, which was a long time ago. Iggor loved the idea. With no name, I just wrote songs all day long. We had to find musicians, and set the mood so we could just write a kick ass record."
Iggor has similar fond memories of that show and that feeling, "Once we hit the first note, it felt like a bomb had dropped on stage. From that moment on, I knew we needed to do something together musically."
Iggor continues, "We reunited as a family first. Naturally, music came next. At first, we had no idea we would do music again. I have my own new project, and that takes so much of my time. I had no plans at all of going back and doing a metal project. But
at the same time, it was natural to play again with Max." Max compares the situation to The Godfather Part III, exclaiming, "Just when Al Pacino thought he was out, his family pulled him right back into the shit again! That's what I did: I pulled him right back."
The brothers recruited Gojira guitarist Joe Duplantier to play bass. Guitarist Marc Rizzo, who plays guitar in Max's main band Soulfly, was enlisted to play guitar. The duo purposely chose more up and coming musicians, because they didn't want to
detract from the music. "We didn't want big names," Max says. "It was about me and Iggor finding ourselves. This is about the music. We found cool musicians without pretension, who wanted to go into the studio and just kick ass."
Once recording commenced, Max brought a bunch of songs he had written. Album opener "Inflikted" is an urgent, thrashy anthem designed for the most riotous moshpits, while "Sanctuary" has a classic Beneath The Remains-era Sepultura vibe. Max says, "I brought the tracks to the studio without the fury. Iggor put his ‘thunder drums' on top of it and it became something else!" Although Iggor exited Sepultura and is working on his electronic music project, that familiar feeling coursed through his veins when he sat down to track drums. "We had no pressure on our backs. The most important thing is that we were happy in the studio; we worked a lot and it was a blast. That translates into the music," Iggor says.
When describing the sonic assault that is "Black Ark," Max states, "I think "Black Ark" is the most different song on Inflikted. My son Richie, was the first vocalist to sing on it and he set the pace for a different vocal pattern that Joe and I picked up on. It made the track more unique than the other songs."
About half way into the album, the brothers Cavalera hit you over the head with the brutal "Ultra-Violent" which features Rex
Brown of Down and Pantera on bass. "I think I gave him a very exciting, different song to work on, more of a death metal vibe. We had a great time talking about our old metal adventures," says Max.
By the time the record was finished, Max knew that they had recaptured the magic. "My brother makes the drums sound like
thunder like no one else. Not many musicians can grab a kit and change the sound and personality of the drums, but he can.
It's fucking scary." While the Soulfly and Sepultura comparisons will undoubtedly - natch - arise, both brothers contend that the Cavalera Conspiracy is different because their tastes and influences have grown over the years. There's less of a world vibe on Inflikted, but its every bit as dangerous, thanks to its "fuck the world" attitude. "Why do I get goosebumps when listening to this? I don't want to know," says Max.
According to Iggor, Inflikted's balance of the old and the new is what he loves about it and he thinks metalheads across the globe will share the same notion. "When I listen to the album, it sounds old school, but new in its own way," he says. "It's a mix of both worlds. We both listened to so much different music during the time apart. Here, we each had our own input, so it came out different than back in the day."
Summing up their personal chemistry, which is palpable on the booming "Bloodbrawl" and the uber thrash attack "Terrorize,"
Max says, "I'm crazy. I used to drink. I talk. He is quiet. He has never drank before. It's this weird combo that becomes lethal together. You either like it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. We're like a bomb."