SOULFLY (1996–PRESENT). Max Cavalera (vocals/guitar), Jackson Banderia (guitar, replaced by Mark Rizzo), Marcello Rapp (bass, replaced by Bobby Burns),
Roy Mayorga (drums, replaced by Joe Nunez). When Max Cavalera left Sepultura in 1996, it looked like both the end of his career and of the band he had founded. While Sepultura found considerable success without Cavalera, Cavalera also found new success and new purpose with his new band, Soulfly. In terms of a comparison with Sepultura, Soulfly is more of a combination of nu metal, extreme heavy thrash, reggae, gypsy music, and world music.
The first record saw Soulfly take stumbling first steps, but by the time of the Dark Ages record, Cavalera was challenging Sepultura as the true master of dark thrash, although constant personnel changes have made it difficult for the band to have a cohesive lineup. For thrash fans, Soulfly is an essential addition to the thrash canon and a worthy successor to Cavalera’s work in Sepultura. After making up with his brother Igor, Cavalera has also begun recording new material as a side project with his brother, called Cavalera Conspiracy.
Discography: Soulfly (Roadrunner, 1998); Primitive (Roadrunner, 2000); III (Roadrunner, 2002); Prophecy (Roadrun); ner, 2004); Dark Ages (Roadrunner, 2005); Maximum Soulfly/ Sepultura [split] (United States dist., 2006); Conquer (2008); Omen (2010).