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Marc Rizzo Announces Solo Tour In January
November 17, 2010
Internationally-recognized guitarist Marc Rizzo, known for his exceptional solo work and involvement with Soulfly, is planning a solo U.S. tour this winter in support of his new album 'Legionnaire', beginning on January 6th, 2011 in Reading, PA. The tour will make its way into the Midwest by the end of the month, and will finish in Jacksonville, NC on January 28th. See below for all current U.S. tour dates.

New Jersey native Marc Rizzo first played solo for sold out crowds on his first U.S. solo in 2007. Rizzo released two solo albums with Shrapnel Records in 2006 and 2007, entitled 'Colossal Myopia' and 'The Ultimate Devotion'. In 2010, Rizzo released his latest album on his own Phlamencore Records, entitled 'Legionnaire'. Rizzo has been endorsed by the likes of Peavey, Yamaha and B.C. Rich, and currently has a B.C. Rich Stealth Pro Marc Rizzo 7 String Signature guitar available for public purchase.

Rizzo is also well known for his position in popular metal act Soulfly, with whom he has released four records to date; 'Prohpecy' (2004), 'Dark Ages' (2005), 'Conquer' (2008), and 'Omen' (2010). In addition, he took part in Cavalera Conspiracy with Sepultura co-founders Max and Igor Cavalera, affixing his prowess to 'Inflikted' in 2008.

Marc Rizzo Solo U.S. Tour Dates:
1/06 - Reading, PA @ The Silo
1/07 - Dayton, OH @ McGuffys House Of Rock
1/08 - Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
1/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
1/12 - Rockfod, IL @ Bar 3
1/18 - Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
1/19 - Wichita, KS @ The Lizard lounge
1/20 - Amarillo, TX @ Club Khoas
1/24 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
1/25 - Fayetville, AR @ Rogue
1/26 - St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
1/27 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
1/28 - Jacksonville, NC @ Holligans
 
 
 
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Soulfly Announce UK Dates, Prep For Album Release
April 19, 2010
Max Cavalera and his Soulfly cohorts have announced a batch of UK shows next month to coincide with the release of their seventh studio album, 'Omen' which hits stores on 24th May (Europe).

The Phoenix, AZ-based four-piece will play the following dates. Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online at the links below.

5/16 - Southampton - Brook - www.the-brook.com
5/17 - London - Islington Academy - www.ticketweb.co.uk
5/18 - Preston - 53 Degrees - www.53degrees.net
5/19 - Edinburgh - Studio 24 - www.triplegmusic.com
5/20 - York - Duchess - www.theduchessyork.co.uk / www.wegottickets.com
5/21 - Wrexham - Central Station - www.seetickets.com / Ticketweb
5/22 - Northampton - Roadmenders - www.seetickets.com / www.wegottickets.com

'Omen', by far the band's most 'in your face', punk leaning album, follows 2008's return-to-form 'Conquer', which enjoyed substantial critical reception. Kerrang! hailed Conquer as "packed with enough invention, aggression and sheer quality tunes to make most other metal bands blush," while US music rag, Alternative Press rated the album 4.5 out of 5, deeming it "a furious, sonically adventurous metal disc... awesome."
In true Soulfly tradition, 'Omen' features a few notable guest appearances. Of the collaborations, Cavalera said; "The first one is a song with Tommy Victor from Prong sharing vocals on a song called 'Lethal Injection'. The other is 'Rise of the Fallen', with shared vocals from Greg Puciato, Dillinger Escape Plan's singer. I also recorded two B-sides with both of my sons playing drums. Igor Cavalera plays on Exel's 'Your Life, My Life', and Zyon Cavalera plays on Sepultura's 'Refuse/Resist'."

A special edition of the album will also be available, featuring three bonus cover versions; the aforementioned Exel and Sepultura tracks, plus Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks." Also included in the package is a DVD which features the music video for "Unleash" plus a full length set of the band's performance at Germany's 'With Full Force Festival' last July.

See Soulfly slam through 18 tracks for your watching pleasure:

Blood, Fire, War, Hate
Sanctuary
Prophecy
Back To The Primitive
Seek N' Strike
Living Sacrifice
Enemy Ghost
Refuse/Resist
Doom
L.O.T.M
Molotov
Drums
Warmageddon
Policia
Unleash
Roots Bloody Roots
Jumpdafuckup
Eye For An Eye

Soulfly will return for further touring later this year.
 
 
 
 
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Soulfly's Marc Rizzo: New Album, Solo Tour In 2010
December 16, 2009
Marc Rizzo 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' Track Listing:
1. Release The Kraken
2. .....By Great Odins Beard
3. Bandidas
4. Victim In Shred
5. The Emerald Goblet
6. The Wrath Of Crom
7. Peaks And Vallies
8. Legionnaire
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 - 'Legionaire' U.S. Tour:
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, www.myspace.com/cavaleraconspiracy or www.cavaleraconspiracy.com.
 
 
 
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Soulfly Announce UK Dates
May 20, 2009
Arizona thrashers, Soulfly, are set to play a short UK run of shows whilst they’re in Europe next month for the festival season. Their current album, ‘Conquer’ was released last year to broad critical acclaim, with many metal commentators calling it their best album in years.

The bona fide metal legend that is Max Cavalera and his Soulfly cohorts, bassist Bobby Burns, Joe Nunez on drums and guitar whiz, Marc Rizzo will be rolling into the following venues:

6/15 – Broghton - Concorde 2 (www.aloud.com)
6/16 – London - Islington Academy (www.ticketmaster.co.uk)
6/17 – Southampton - Brook (www.ticketmaster.co.uk)
6/18 – Stoke - Sugarmill (www.thesugarmill.co.uk)
6/19 – Dudley - JB’s (www.seetickets.com)

Tickets are on sale now from box offices and all usual agents.

Max is sure to be adding to his collection of football shirts this time out. As a huge football fan, Max puts the local soccer strip on his rider at every show and as you might imagine, has quite an enviable collection after so many years on the road.

For further Soulfly information, check out www.soulfly.com or head on over to the Roadrunner Records website at www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk, where you can find all kinds of general information like biogs, music, video, etc.
 
 
 
 
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Bleed The Sky Issues Post Soulfly Tour Summary
December 9, 2008
“27 shows in 28 days, a few blown tires, and an awesome Thanksgiving dinner, we are home from - hands down - the BEST tour we’ve done yet!!!

Starting out in Texas, the tour went to the east coast, through the frozen north, and ended in Hollywood, California at the Key Club. Every night was GREAT. The crowd responses were unbelievable!!! Between 500 and 1,000 fans showed up ready to throw down every night, and that they did with some of the most brutal pits we have ever seen!!! Every band on this tour came out for blood! We had the privilege of being direct support for Soulfly every night, and since many of our fans are Soulfly fans too, it was a match made in Hell!!!

The best part of being on tour is meeting ‘People You Consider Family,’ and that is exactly what we have with Our Brothers from Soulfly, Devastation, and Incite. The brotherhood between all the bands made this tour so easy, it was almost too short because we could have kept going for a few more months!!! With members of Devastation leaving half-way through the tour, we all had to pull together and to make sure that the show went on, and when everyone on the tour stepped up on vocals and bass, no one ever knew the difference. It made for a party every night on stage with our thrash metal brothers Devastation!!!

All of us in Bleed The Sky are looking forward to future tours with Soulfly, Incite, and the band formerly known as Devastation. The end of this tour was like leaving summer camp. WE ARE BROTHERS FOR LIFE!!! Thanks to all the fans who came out to support us and a special thanks goes to the Cavalera Family for taking such good care of all the bands & crew on this tour… and for the great Thanksgiving dinner in Tempe!!!”

Check out Bleed The Sky’s video for “Sullivan” below. And to read up on how to have a pool party when you don’t have a pool, click here.

To hear music from Bleed The Sky’s current release, 'Murder The Dance', visit www.myspace.com/bleedthesky.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1997
HOME TOWN: Brazil
MEMBERS:
Max Cavalera - Vocals/Guitar
Marc Rizzo - Guitar
Bobby Burns - Bass
Joe Nunez - Drums

The Soulfly tribe is once again on the warpath.

Soulfly's sixth offering for Roadrunner Records, Conquer, may very well be the musical equivalent of the movie Braveheart. The songs –much like the warriors in the film- channel raw, unbridled rage through a cacophony of thrash guitars, infectious grooves, tribal polyrhythms and Max Cavalera’s unmistakable, thunderous roar. On this record, Soulfly unleash a metallic mayhem unlike anything they’ve done previously. Conquer shifts from unrelenting, precise speed metal to slow, brooding doom. Marc Rizzo’s lead guitar rips with the precision of a smart bomb, while Bobby Burns grinds out volatile, chest-caving bass lines. Drummer Joe Nunez crushes behind the kit, forging a rhythmic background for all-out sonic war. Once again, it’s the legendary Max Cavalera who stands at the eye of the storm, uniting the musical tribe and acting as its unofficial leader. His voice and guitar command the tribe into battle with each line and riff. Grab your war paint and prepare for the onslaught.

Since their Gold-certified, self-titled debut in 1997, Soulfly have remained one of the genre’s most consistently brutal outfits. From the moment Max Cavalera left Sepultura to form Soulfly, he’s remained prolific. Four critically acclaimed albums and numerous world tours followed Soulfly’s now-classic debut. In 2008, Max once again partnered with his brother Iggor in Cavalera Conspiracy, releasing Inflikted. At the same time, he managed to write and record Conquer. Produced by Max and mixed by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Arch Enemy), the album spans a violent spectrum. Max comments, “After Cavalera Conspiracy, I wanted to write a stronger, uncompromised statement with Soulfly. What I [did] on this album is what I was aiming for. This is the Soulfly album that I’ve been trying to make for a long time.” That’s evident from the calculated rage and bludgeoning grooves that define songs like “Enemy Ghost” and “Rough.” With Conquer, Soulfly take no prisoners. Max explains, “It’s definitely Soulfly’s most battle-ready record by far. The vibe reminds me of movies like Gladiator and 300. It comes from a completely different place.” The assault kicks off from the first note of “Bood Fire War Hate,” and it doesn’t stop until the end of closing instrumental, “Soulfly VI,” which is a time-honored tradition the marks the close of each Soulfly album. Starting with “Blood fire War Hate,” Max made a conscious decision to come out of the gates with all guns blazing, proclaiming, “I’m excited to open the record with a fast song. Usually Soulfly albums begin mid-tempo, but this reminds me of Beneath the Remains. This song also has one of the biggest hooks I’ve ever done. I can close my eyes and picture huge festival crowds singing it. When the fast part comes in, it’s just war.”

Soulfly’s previous albums featured guest appearances by notables, including Chino Moreno of Deftones, Sean Lennon, and Slipknot's Corey Taylor over the years. In the spirit of that collaborative tradition, Conquer sees Max with Throwdown’s Dave Peters on the standout track, “Unleash,” and with Morbid Angel’s David Vincent on “Blood Fire War Hate.” On “Unleash,” Peters and Max create a corrosive chorus that isn’t easily forgotten. Max says, “It’s the closest thing I’ve done to Pantera. Dave put some killer lyrics to the music. The fast part at the end is my favorite part on the album.” Firing off a throat-slicing riff and catchy hook, “Unleash” impacts like a wrecking ball. About working with underground metal hero Vincent, Max exclaims, “His screaming on that song was off the wall! To work with David was a trip. The song’s a full assault, and it feels really natural. It’s got that uncompromising attitude.”

Conquer’s cover artwork inspired the title and the picture holds a special significance for Max. “Usually, album titles are inspired by something else, like a movie,” he reveals. “The first sketch the artist sent me was amazing. It depicted this crazy guy with six arms holding six weapons. Each weapon represented one of our records. When I got the image, the word Conquer just came to me.” More importantly, Conquer is a personal statement for Max and of course, has a deeper meaning meant to be explored by the listener. “To me, it’s not about conquering the world. My statement on the record is conquering fear. If you conquer your fear, you conquer life and death. You’re truly free when you conquer your fear. So that’s why this name means so much,” he finishes.

Soulfly is truly a world music-inspired collective and the writing and recording process often sees Cavalera globetrotting for atypical inspiration. For Soulfly’s fifth album, Dark Ages, saw Max travel to five locations to record, but for Conquer, a trip to Egypt was all he needed. He says, “I like to mix cultures. The other Soulfly albums were more Eastern European-flavored. Sepultura was more Brazilian. Egypt has a big chunk of influence on Conquer. We visited ‘The City of the Dead’ while we were in Egypt. It’s a cemetery where families still live near their dead. That was crazy, creepy and wild. I didn’t know the Cairo trip was going to affect the album as much as it did.” The eerie, tribal outro of “For Those About to Rot” was a direct result of the trip, as Max recorded it live by the Nile. It’s a strange transition that heightens the musical tension. “By the Nile River, there was this crazy gypsy band playing killer music,” Cavalera recalls. “I happened to have my recorder so I recorded them and made an interlude out of their performance. It felt so authentic to have that outro—like old Sepultura. I’d rather the record sounds live than use a sound library from the Internet. That outro is subtle. I've been making records for so long, and I finally found the perfect balance between brutality and experimentation.” Therefore, Conquer is a truly organic sonic experience.

Max also sculpted a head-spinning trip into psychedelic metal territory with “Touching the Void.” Stretching past the seven-minute mark, the song oozes classic Sabbath sludge, while incorporating entrancing dub flourishes. For Max, that track’s extremely important. “Honestly, it’s a thank you to Black Sabbath for being Black Sabbath. It’s slow doom metal,” he says. On the track, Max also collaborated with French dub artist Fedaya Pacha. Of the experience, Max says, “Fedaya makes dark, really heavy dub—completely different from commercial dub. He did the outro for ‘Touching the Void,’ and he played a lot of weird instruments. Those little things definitely make this song special when you listen to it.”

In the end, Conquer, just like every note of music he’s ever produced, comes from Cavalera’s heart. He eschews studio trickery and computerized flourishes in favor of straightforward instrumentation and real world experimentation. “I do this for the love of music,” he says. “We could use the tools of the market to make a commercial record and sell more, but I wouldn’t be as happy inside. I made the choice, and we aren’t going down the easy road. We’re going down the fucked up road, but that’s the road that we know.”

With that sincerity, there’s no doubt that Max and company will conquer all roads ahead.