Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.


with Downset, Slaves on Dope, and Primer 55. Thursday, October 12, at the Agora.

  • Soulfly
On Soulfly's 1997 self-titled debut disc, singer-guitarist Max Cavalera did little to hide the bitterness that stemmed from his acrimonious split with Sepultura, the influential Brazilian hard-core group he used to front. On "Eye for an Eye," the disc's first track, he declared, "I am what I create/ Believing in my fate/Integrity is my name/ All that I am doing/Can never be ruined/My song remains insane." His anger -- which came through in pontificating lyrics, primal beats, howling vocals, and grating guitars -- was only fueled by the confusion surrounding the murder (still unsolved) of his best friend/stepson. Cavalera didn't have to dig deep to find the open wounds of unresolved issues. On Soulfly's sophomore effort, Primitive, he continues to vent, but has expanded his musical vision. Joined by various guests (Slipnot's Cory #8, Deftone's Chino, Slayer's Tom Araya, and singer Sean Lennon), Cavalera, who plays a four-string guitar that delivers a harsher sound than its six-string counterpart, melds a variety of diverse styles. The frenetic "Boom" and the instrumental, Dead Can Dance-sounding "Soulfly II" are clear digressions, and his collaboration with Cory #8 on "Jumpdafuckup" features bellowing vocals and razor-sharp guitar chords that are juxtaposed with melodic moments of serenity. And, even though Cavalera uses the word "fuck" more than a comedian on a Def Comedy Jam special, he's not swearing just for shock value; limited vocabulary or not, he remains one step ahead of most of today's major rap/metal players.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by John Benson

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation