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Photos by David Bell
Live Gig Review by Mark Dean (Journalist/Writer/Contributor) Myglobalmind Webzine
Max Cavalera-a true metal legend in his own lifetime. Four years after his last Belfast visit the man was back in town with his bandSoulfly. Despite nearly selling out the larger next door venue last time,the band had opted to play the smaller room on this tour to promote the “Savages” release. I caught up with Max pre show for a chat and found him to be a very easy going and friendly guy,quite at odds from his on stage persona.
Opening the show this evening were young upcoming band Lody Kong. The band consists of two sons of Soulfly frontman Max-Zyon and Igor. Despite a small showing in crowd numbers the bands mash up of rock , industrial sounds and old school punk proved very popular with the younger audience members, Showing a vigour and energy the band did a competent and solid job of warming up the crowd prior to the main act. My interest was piqued enough to seek out and find out more about the band once the show had ended.
Time for Soulfly to hit the stage,and as the venue started to fill up, energy levels began to mount.Energetic, vibrant and also brutally powerful, circle pits quickly took over the front of stage area. Soulfly have a passionate and a hardcore fan base, as evidenced by some of the fans that I chatted to pre show who had made the trip from places as far away as Hungary! Despite having reservations about signing Sepultura albums for fans, Max and Soulfly have always included songs by his former band in their set. Following a recent internet spat with Sepulturas existing singer this policy has not changed.
The set was a 50/50 split between Soulfly and Sepultura songs. I feel that Max has a situation where he has developed his own sound and catalogue of Soulfly albums, but he feels like he still has to play Sepultura songs for the fans. It was interesting to observe that the most vociferous reception was generated by the Sepultura songs that made up the set. Max had indicated in our chat pre show this dilemma.
Soulfly however did deliver a powerful show,and there was certainly no evidence of merely”going through the motions”as each band member gave one hundred per cent effort. Nice that crowd figures had picked up sufficiently by the start of the Soulfly set in typical N.Ireland gig going style as many chose to sit out the support band, preferring beers in the bar next door.
A hot sweaty July night, with some brutal heavy music-that always works as my “sounds of summer”
Soufly Tour Dates 2014
Jul 12 FIBBERS York United Kingdom
Jul 14 HELLRAISER Leipzig Germany
Jul 15 WEBEREI Gutersloh Germany
Jul 16 LUXOR Cologne Germany
Jul 17 DOUR FESTIVAL Dour Belgium
Jul 18 ART SONIC FESTIVAL Briouze France
Jul 19 GUILFEST Guildford United Kingdom
Jul 20 WERFPOP FESTIVAL Leiden Netherlands
Jul 24 RAMONA MAINSTAGE Ramona CA, USA
Jul 25 HOUSE OF BLUES W. Hollywood CA, USA
Jul 26 THE FILLMORE San Francisco CA, USA
Jul 27 ACE OF SPADES Sacramento CA, USA
Jul 28 HAWTHORNE THEATRE Portland OR, USA
Jul 29 EL CORAZON Seattle WA, USA
Jul 30 CLUB 9ONE9 Victoria BC, Canada
Jul 31 VENUE Vancouver Canada
Aug 1 706 N. MONROE ST. Spokane WA, USA
Aug 2 THE KNITTING FACTORY Boise ID, USA
Aug 3 THE PEPPERTREE Idaho Falls ID, USA
Aug 4 THE RAILYARD Billings MT, USA
Aug 5 MYSTERIA THEATRE Mandan ND, USA
Aug 6 PYRAMID CABARET Winnipeg MB, Canada
Aug 7 8407 NE PLAZA BLVD. Spring Lake Park MN, USA
Aug 8 THE METAL GRILL Cudahy WI, USA
Aug 9 22 W. CASS ST. Joilet IL, USA
Aug 11 THE RIOT ROOM Kansas City MO, USA
Aug 12 THE CHAMELEON ROOM Oklahoma City OK, USA
Aug 13 THE ROXY THEATRE Denver CO, USA
Aug 14 IN THE VENUE Salt Lake City UT, USA
Aug 15 THE MARQUEE Tempe AZ, USA