by Robert Bell
9 p.m. Juanita's. $20.
Guitarist and vocalist Max Cavalera formed Soulfly back in the mid '90s after splitting from Sepultura, the enormously popular Brazilian metal band he'd co-founded.
While his work with Sepultura looms large in metal history, Cavalera has nonetheless carved out a distinct space and his own legacy in the landscape of heaviness with Soulfly and his other band, Cavalera Conspiracy (which features his brother Igor Cavalera on drums).
Soulfly's latest album, "Enslaved," is a particularly brutal slab of harsh vocals, relentless double bass drumming and crushing riffage. This show is a stop on what's billed as "The Maximum Cavalera Tour," which seems appropriate given that the opening bands — Lody Kong and Incite — include his sons Igor, Zyon and Richard.
It's important to note that the very next day after this show, Soulfly is headed up to Cave-in-Rock, Ill., to play The Gathering of the Juggalos, described by a dude on the festival's promo video as "a safe haven of free thinking."
On the Soulfly website, Cavalera elaborated: "It's a challenge and at the same time it's an honor that they specifically asked for Soulfly to play at the festival. We're gonna give our best show possible and we're going to [eff] [stuff] up at the Gathering of the Juggalos."
So good luck and Godspeed to the members of Soulfly as they face the uncertainty and high potential for chaos that's always lurking at the Gathering. Oh, and dudes, if they start tumping over Port-a-potties, just get the hell out of there as quickly as possible.
After the jump, check out the video for Soulfly's "World Scum."