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Soulfly is a metal band formed in 1997 based in Phoenix, Arizona. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. The band has released ten studio albums, one tour EP, several singles, and one DVD video. Their tenth album, Archangel was released on August 14, 2015. Read more on Last.fm

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Sunday Slaylist: Happy Birthday, Logan Mader

November 16th, 2014

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Today – Sunday 16 November 2014 – marks the 44th birthday of one Logan Mader, founder (and former) member of Machine Head, Soulfly, and Medication, and now a successful engineer, mixer and producer. We’ve decided that the best way we could mark the occasion was to put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of all of Mr Mader’s best bits.

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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Zebrahead and the art of advertising “self-love” aids: Adam Graham from FACT is our man in Japan

October 15th, 2013

Here’s the second column from Adam Graham – the “token white guy” (his words, not ours) in Japanese mosh heroes, FACT. For content, our man in Japan is still banking on Japan being weirder than what you’re used to. It appears to be working. We’re hopeful of plenty more too…

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Japan’s a funny old country. I don’t mean this in a sneering, xenophobic, “Oh, look at the silly foreigners,” kind of way – I am extremely fortunate to live here and enjoy the hospitality of the country and its people. What I mean is that from a completely objective standpoint a lot of things go down here that seem to teeter on the edge of sanity.

I’m talking Pepsi-flavoured Cheetos and nightmare-inducing “cute” mascots (can you guess what this fella is selling?!). Oh and hey, you’re worried about a little bit of horsemeat finding its way into your hamburger? What about if it found its way into your ice cream? ON PURPOSE.

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The Thrash Hits Cloudcast 011: 30 September – 06 October 2013

October 2nd, 2013

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For this week’s Cloudcast, our deputy editor Hugh is going it alone – we’ve got a cut from In Solitude (our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week), as well as tracks by Soulfly, More Than Conquerors, Baby Godzilla, Conan, and Wet Nuns. Oh, and a track by a little-known Watford punk band called Shockmaster. Apparently, they are so very proud of all their boys.

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In Photos: Soulfly, Gama Bomb, Trigger The Bloodshed @ London ULU – 16 August 2008

August 20th, 2008

Soulfly headlined London ULU with Gama Bomb and Trigger The Bloodshed in support for a Kerrang! Awards Show.

Graham Pentz was there to take some photos.

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2008 – previewed

August 13th, 2008

It’s almost the end of the summer and the UK’s only proper metal festival is upon us again. Hugh Platt looks at the Bloodstock Open Air lineup and picks his top tips for the coming weekend’s musical mayhem.

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BLOODSTOCK – even just written down, the word looks like it want to punch you in the face.

The UK’s premier independent metal festival, Bloodstock is bigger than it’s ever been – come Friday up to 10,000 horn-throwing, fist-pumping, head-banging metallers are going to cram into a field near Derby to rock the fuck out.

Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.

In addition seeing us embarrass ourselves with some Slayer on the Heavy Metal Karaoke, Thrash Hits .com has come up with a hit list of what else not to miss this coming weekend.

SoulflyMain Stage, Friday 6.25pm
Anyone who thinks that Max Cavalera’s mob are ‘too mainstream for Bloodstock’ clearly hasn’t heard the last two Soulfly records. The nu-metal guff has been all but torn off, leaving bloody stumps of frenetic thrash. Expect carnage.

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At The GatesMain Stage, Sunday 8:20pm
You can’t really overstate how influential the melodic death metal sound pioneered by At The Gates (pictured, above) has been. By the time they split in 1996, their seminal Slaughter of The Soul album had become essential listening for everyone from The Black Dahlia Murder to Killswitch Engage. And with half the band returning to their day-jobs as The Haunted later this year, this may well be the last ever chance to see them play live in the UK – need any further reasons?

OpethMain Stage, Friday 10:00pm
It’s not always about who can play loudest; Opeth play the long-game. What better way to end the first day with some 10 minute-long songs of progressive death metal?

The DefiledScuzz Stage, Saturday 3:15pm
With so many unsigned metal bands being metalcore chancers, or braindead noiseniks covering up a lack of talent with an excess of volume, bands like The Defiled should be savoured. They’ll leave you battered and bloodied with a huge fucking groove of crunching riffs and sucker-punches of sinister electronics.

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NightwishMain Stage, Sunday 10:00pm
It’s not all huge bearded men growling curses into microphones at Bloodstock – Nightwish (pictured, above) are bringing their operatic goth stylings to close the Main Stage on the final day. Armed with a bucket full of pyro, and more points to prove than an imaginary porcupine, Nightwish are worth a look just to see if they can pull it off.

Napalm DeathMain Stage, Saturday 5:30pm
If you need a convincing that Napalm Death are worth your time at Bloodstock, then you don’t like heavy music. There isn’t a band on the entire bill that doesn’t owe something to Napalm. You owe the grindcore progenitors your attention.

The BerzerkerScuzz Stage, Saturday 7:45pm
Unmasked and unchained, The Berzerker have left their label, and have ditched the masks that saw them unfairly dismissed by death metal elitists. Sounding like the mind of a serial killer discharged through blast beats and guttural growls, The Berzerker live is a jackhammer of rage rammed through your ears.

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Ted MaulScuzz Stage, Sunday 4:45pm
Casting a middle-finger the size of Nelson’s Column at genre conventions, Ted Maul (pictured, above) are as off-kilter as the Chris Morris character they’re named after. The only predictable thing about their Sunday afternoon set is that it is going to slay.

Ravens CreedScuzz Stage, Sunday 4:00pm
If all ‘supergroups’ were this good, it wouldn’t be a dirty word. Formed from the guts of Iron Monkey, the pedigree of Ravens Creed is completed with members of Orange Goblin and Sabbat. What does that mean? It means they’ve got enough thunder to give a Chieftain tank a panic attack, that’s what.

Necrosadistic Goat TortureScuzz Stage, Sunday 3:15pm
Does it matter what they sound like? They’re called Necrosadistic Goat Torture, for (anti)Christ’s sake!

Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on 15-17 August 2008

Album: Soulfly – Conquer

August 11th, 2008

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Conquer
Roadrunner Records
20 May 2008

by Hugh Platt

After 5 albums, 4 guitarists, 4 bassists, 2 drummers, and more collaborations than you can shake a matted dreadlock at, Max Cavalera is back with Soulfly’s sixth album, Conquer. And it’s fucking terrifying.

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Win tickets to Kerrang! Week Of Rock

August 8th, 2008

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The folk at Kerrang! are having their annual Week of Rock in the lead up to the Kerrang! Awards 2008 and Thrash Hits .com has got some tickets to give away.

The bands are playing at either London’s Camden Barfly or ULU despite being able to sell out much, much bigger venues. These are going to be pretty special shows and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of the following:

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17 Skindred @ Barfly
18 Anti Flag @ ULU
19 Mindless Self Indulgence @ Barfly
20 Avenged Sevenfold @ ULU

To enter this competition to win a pair of tickets to a Kerrang! Week Of Rock show of your choice, just enter the competition by answering the following question.

How many years has Kerrang! been in circulation?

Email your answer with your name, address and a contact telephone number as well as your preferred show to competition@thrashhits.com with “Kerrang!” as the subject. The closing date for general entries is 11am Wednesday, 14 August 2008. The winners will be notified by telephone and/or email.

Download Festival 2008: our top ten moments

June 17th, 2008

After three days or heavy metal at Castle Donington for Download Festival 2008, Thrash Hits .com looks back on the weekend. Hugh Platt picks the most memorable moments.

Download Festival Crowd

Most Impressive Pit
Bleeding Through’s metalcore barrage managed to whip the mosh pit into a maelstrom, coaxing out a circle pit around the entire sound desk for new track, ‘Orange County Blonde and Blue’.

Most Bottled
“Oh shit, we’ve been set up,” cried Lethal Bizzle, after walking out into a hail of bottles not seen since the Daphne & Celeste Massacre of 2000. Bizzle countered this by shouting his own name, seemingly as many times as there were half-drunk cups of beer thrown in his direction.

Most Brutal
For sheer brain-and-ball-busting brutality, nothing came close to Ted Maul. From the moment they walked on surrounded by scantily-clad dancing girls, the London six-piece ripped into the Gibson Stage like a burning Panzer tank with a death metal penis cannon.

Biggest Cock-Up
It has to be Ginger from The Wildhearts for having the plug pulled seconds into set-closer ‘29x The Pain’. The frontman blew most of his bands’ slot joking with the crowd about the projectiles thrown at him.

Most Impressive Crowd
Despite a late-afternoon slot, drum’n’bass-types Pendulum drew a crowd big enough to shame many headline acts. Never mind that it sounded as dangerous a skinhead poodle, half the festival seemed to be at the second stage for their remix of ‘Voodoo People’.

Best Comeback
After the slowly diminishing returns of Sepultura and Soulfly, there were doubts about Cavalera Conspiracy. After a brace of Sepultura classics, a quick blast of Nailbomb, and a rendition of ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ as fierce as anything we’d been dreaming of during the years when Max performed it with his gang of hired hands, the Brazilians seemed a tribe reborn.

Biggest Surprise
With ‘Fuck Lostprophets’ t-shirts for sale on the merchandise stands, the Welshmen had a fight on their hands to show they deserved their headliner-status. When they closed the festival with a blistering ‘Burn Burn’ – literally, as the asymmetric fringes of the front rows were almost singed off by a rack of flamethrowers that probably cost more than their entire debut album took to record – the reaction they got proves that booking Lostprophets was money well spent.

Biggest Disappointment
Kid Rock being “too ill” to play, despite tabloid reports of the redneck partying in London the night before. And especially because his absence led to an extension of…

The Worst Performance
If ‘Mad’ David Draiman’s identikit-metal was half as dangerous as the Hannibal Lecter garb he dons for his stage entrance suggests, we might’ve been entertained, but Disturbed’s performance was as pedestrian as a lollipop lady’s day at work.

The Best Performance
This weekend, KISS stood head, shoulders, and ridiculous platform soles above everyone else. From ‘Deuce’ all the way to ‘Detroit Rock City’, from the tip of Gene Simmons’ monstrous tongue to end of the zip line Paul Stanley swung out over the crowd on during ‘Love Gun’, KISS backed up their claim to be the biggest live act of the planet with enough pyro for a Baghdad wake-up call.

Check out the rest of Thrash Hits .com‘s Download Festival 2008 coverage here, here and here.