SOULFLY main man Max Cavalera says he doesn’t yet know who will be playing the band’s second guitar when they kick off their US tour next month. The 35-date trek will begin February 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada and make stops in Seattle, Minneapolis, Nashville and Baton Rouge, among other cities, before ending in Gallup, New Mexico on March 19. SOULFLY on certain dates will be 200 STAB WOUNDS.
In August, SOULFLY parted ways with longtime guitarist Marc Rizo due to personal differences. A permanent replacement guitarist has yet to be announced. THE FEAR FACTORYit is Dino Cazares played the guitar for SOULFLY during the band’s last US tour which took place in August and September.
Earlier today (Friday January 14), Max took part in Zippo Againit is “The Art of Rock” live broadcast series and talked about SOULFLYthe next tour of. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “At this time, we don’t know who will be playing guitar for SOULFLY. So I think we’re just gonna keep doing that — just inviting some really cool friends like [Dino]. It’s so cool that we have amazing friends like that in the industry. that you can call dinosaur and it is available. So [it’s] just awesome.
“We don’t know who we’ll be using for this next tour – we’re still working on it – but it was so much fun, man, because dinosaur… We grew up together,” Max continued. “I was a huge THE FEAR FACTORY fan. I helped them sign [to Roadrunner]. And then, of course, he plays on ‘An eye for an eye’ on the first SOULFLY [album]; he plays guitar on it. So when we brought him on this tour, it was a perfect match. And the fans, they lost their shit. It was so cool. Sometimes I stayed on the bus and watched dinosaur step out of the bus and he would simply be mobbed; 10 children surrounded him. I was, like, ‘Oh, that’s cool, man. This is what is happening. It’s real metal shit here.'”
Rizzo discussed his breakup with SOULFLY in an interview with “The Ex-Man” podcast hosted by Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES). Speaking about the circumstances that led to his exit from the group, Rizzo said: “There’s a lot of confusion out there, obviously. Everyone knows the band’s history – a lot of confusion. Which is good – there’s confusion all over this world. But I was definitely putting more than I [was] come out, obviously, and I think the fans recognized that. They see the live show turned into that, the records turned into that. It’s pretty obvious what was going on. I have hundreds of fans who write to me every day to understand online here. It’s like that. This is group policy. It is Maxit is [Cavalera, SOULFLY frontman] band – that’s definitely his thing. Did I do more over the years? Absoutely. And, obviously, you can see it in live broadcasts. The live show is right there in front of you – in black and white – what was happening. So when all this [pandemic] knocked it was just, like, 18, and I’m working a day job now, and I wasn’t really getting good advice, per se, as to what to do, as to some things and how to get loans [from the government] or whatever. I tried to categorize these things. I took the information given to me, and none of it made sense. I did not understand. I tried to apply for some of these things, and I couldn’t figure it out. So, however, the other two guys in the band – Max and Zion [Cavalera, SOULFLY drummer] – got any loan [to help them financially during the pandemic] is beyond me. If I can’t figure it out, then I’m sure they couldn’t figure it out. So there must have been some kind of band accountant or someone doing stuff [for them].”
Mark went on to say that his working relationship with SOULFLY simply “ran its course. Honestly, I think I stayed too long,” he said. “I probably should have quit – I wanted to quit about five [or] six years ago. That’s when things, in my opinion, just started to go downhill. There’s a lot of stuff that’s just plain obvious, again, if you watch the live show that I’m not even nitpicking – the fans are talking about. If you go to any message board, fans are always talking about the same things about the live show. I think five or six years ago I probably should have separated. But I felt bad, and I felt like I had some loyalty to everyone and I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging. Obviously, I played a major role in the riffs of the live show and on the records. But, fortunately, everything went as he did. COVID has opened my eyes to a lot of things, and I’m in a much better place now.”
In August, Max tells Metal Kaoz that Mark spewed “lies and bullshit” in some of his recent interviews regarding his departure from SOULFLY. “All these accusations hurt,” he said. “It hurts to hear. After everything we did for him, which was a lot – we put him on every record and always took very good care of him, always treated him really, really well. Hearing us stabbed in the back like that is just not nice. He’s obviously trying to get the fans to be against me and make him the victim… It just sucks to hear all that. really hurts me when I hear all these accusations that I know are lies and bullshit; it’s all fabricated by his crazy mind. I don’t know. It’s a strange situation.
He added: “I don’t want to turn this into an ugly thing. I don’t want to say bad things about him, really not. Of course I don’t like these accusations, and that’s bullshit, but he has the right to say anything. But I think we treated him really well all these years. We put him on the map pretty much. When he joined the band, not many people knew him. Just a little gratitude would have been nice ‘Cause even on “MaxTrax” [Cavalera‘s twice-weekly Internet video series in which he discusses the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his nearly 40-year music career], when I mentioned that I fired him, I thanked him for the 18 years of SOULFLY, and I told him good luck with his projects. I am not bitter. I don’t want to be a bitter guy.”
Rizzo joined SOULFLY in 2004, and has since appeared on all of the band’s subsequent records, including “Prophecy” (2004), “Dark Times” (2005), “To conquer” (2008), “Presage” (2010), “Slave” (2012), “Savages” (2013), “Archangel” (2015) and “Ritual” (2018). In 2007, Rizzo became a member of CAVALERA PLOT, the side project of FALLS co-founders, brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, and played on all CAVALERA PLOT versions, including “inflicted”, “Blunt Trauma”, “Chaos” and the critically acclaimed 2017 LP “Psychosis”.
Max and his comrades have spent the past few months working on the 2018 sequel “Ritual” at Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Arizona with producer Arthur Rizk, who has already worked with CAVALERA PLOT, POWER TRIGGER and CODE AMBER.