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They are heavy and they are loud. And that’s the way they like it. Soulfly performs at the Townehouse Tavern, 206 Elgin St., on March 12.
This is a very special concert tour, as Soulfly will be performing as Nailbomb and playing Point Blank in full for the first time ever in Canada. Point Blank is the only studio release from Max Cavelera’s 1994 industrial sludge/groove side project Nailbomb, featuring Fudge Tunnel singer/guitarist Alex Newport.
My first concert was crazy. My whole guitar was out of tune. The other guitar player didn’t go out because his mom would not let him and the only people that liked us were three guys wearing Motorhead shirts.
3. What is it about metal that pulls you in?
I think metal has succeeded, where politics and religion have failed, in truly uniting people from different areas, ages and places to love one common thing. Plus, music to me is like a weapon. I use one every day.
4. What’s your most memorable stage moment?
My first Soulfly shows in Australia were amazing. It was a new band and I didn’t know if people were going to like it, and they loved it. It was such a feeling of relief. Also, playing with the Ramones in Brazil and seeing all four of them on the side of the stage with their leather jackets watching us was crazy.
5. What is so special about Point Blank?
It’s a big ‘f you’ album to everything we despise and is also free. We didn’t have any pressure or competing with anything. It was just pure punk metal fun.
6. Can you explain the Soulfly/Nailbomb intersection? What makes your concert at the Townehouse Tavern so special?
It’s special because we put a real band, Soulfly, behind the Point Blank album, so it’s a great transformation and it works like magic. That album was made to play live. It is so good. Also, having my kids on the stage with me (Zyon on drums and Igor on vocals) is amazing.
7. Name an influence that might surprise readers.
When we made Nailbomb, we were listening to a lot of weird stuff like Big Black, Sonic Youth, Dead Kennedys and melodics like Model Army, Mission (UK), The Cult, Killing Joke and Fields of Nephilim.
8. Share with us your songwriting process.
Riffs. Riffs. And more riffs! All the songs start with a great riff and then turn into songs. I’m a riff lord and addict. Sometimes I spend hours just writing riffs. I think it’s an art form.
9. What are you trying to convey through your music?
Everything from political injustice to spiritual awakening. Music is the most amazing exotic, mystic feeling. You don’t get anything but music.
I just finished the autobiography of Roger Miret from Agnostic Front and it was amazing. I also love the Al Jourgensen and Randy Blythe books. Good stuff. Glen Hughes from Deep Purple is my next read.