David Kinkade (BORKNAGAR, ARSIS, MALEVOLENT CREATION) has finished laying down the drums for the new SOULFLY album, which is scheduled for an early 2012 release via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Omen” is currently being recorded at a Phoenix, Arizona studio with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with CHIMAIRA, HATEBREED, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE ACACIA STRAIN, BORN OF OSIRIS and SHADOWS FALL, among others. Kinkade describes the band’s new material as “crushing, fast thrash, blasting, tribal and fueled by extreme burrito fury. . . The record is sounding fucking SICK. Thrashy as fuck… totally ‘Arise’ [referring to SEPULTURA‘s classic 1991 album] on crack and speed.”
Kinkade joined SOULFLY a few weeks ago following the departure of the group’s longtime skinsman Joe Nunez earlier in the year. Kinkade says, “Max [Cavalera, SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman] and I get along great, [and] my [new] bandmates are great.”
Max Cavalera‘s son Zyon sat behind the drum kit for the band’s July 31 performance at the Lokerse festival in Lokeren, Belgium. The concert also marked the debut appearance with SOULFLY of the band’s new bassist Tony Campos (STATIC-X, PRONG, ASESINO, MINISTRY, POSSESSED), who replaced Bobby Burns this past spring.
Zyon made many special appearances with Max‘s other band, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, on CC‘s recent European tour, performing “Attitude/Cockroaches” at Sonisphere, With Full Force, and Hellfest festivals, to name a few. According to Max‘s wife/manager (and Zyon‘s mom) Gloria Cavalera, Zyon learned to drum “sitting at the feet of some of the most gifted metal drummers of all time, including his uncle Igor Cavalera, Bill Ward and Roy Mayorga, to name a few.” This was a special guest appearance only, since Zyon‘s full-time band is MOLD BREAKER, which he formed with his younger brother Igor.
Bassist Johny Chow, who has played with SOULFLY‘s Max Cavalera and Marc Rizzo (guitar) in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and is a member of FIREBALL MINISTRY, loaned his skills to SOULFLY for the band’s recent touring activities.
“Omen” sold 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart.