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  • Leviathan Leviathan Quick View

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    Leviathan

    Stoughton Gatefold packaging!


    Finally available again! Leviathan is the record that launched Mastodon into the upper echelon of major label metal bands!


    Leviathan is a concept album by progressive metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, with the songs: Iron Tusk, Blood and Thunder, I Am Ahab and Seabeast released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer.

    1. Blood and Thunder
    2. I Am Ahab
    3. Seabeast
    4. Ísland
    5. Iron Tusk
    6. Megalodon
    7. Naked Burn
    8. Aqua Dementia
    9. Hearts Alive
    10. Joseph Merrick
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    Emperor Of Sand

    Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper, says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'


    We're reflecting on mortality, adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.


    Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.

    LP 1
    1. Sultan's Curse
    2. Show Yourself
    3. Precious Stones
    4. Steambreather
    5. Roots Remain
    6. Word to the Wise


    LP 2
    1. Ancient Kingdom
    2. Clandestiny
    3. Andromeda
    4. Scorpion Breath
    5. Jaguar God

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    Blood Mountain

    The sludgy, raw and fierce Mastodon blurs the line between metal, rock and prog with their major-label debut, Blood Mountain.
    1. The Wolf Is Loose
    2. Crystal Skull
    3. Sleeping Giant
    4. Capillarian Crest
    5. Circle Of Cysquatch
    6. Bladecatcher
    7. Colony Of Birchmen
    8. Hunters Of The Sky
    9. Hand Of Stone
    10. This Mortal Soil
    11. Siberian Divide
    12. Pendulous Skin
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    White Walker (Picture Disc)

    Side A features White Walker, which was released digitally last winter as part of the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2. The track was commissioned by the show's producers when they appeared on the show as extras. Welsh illustrator Richey Beckett designed the artwork, which was inspired by the show.


    The B-Side of the 12 features an a Cappella version of White Walker, the original idea for the song recorded by Brann on his phone in his kitchen.


    The artwork is a still from the episode in which the band appeared as murdered wildlings who are brought back to life by White Walkers.

    1. White Walker
    2. White Walker (A Cappella)
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    Once More Round The Sun

    Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group's four members recognize the importance of life's omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More 'Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves.


    The very title says something slightly different for each member. Quite literally, Once More 'Round the Sun means a year-in-the-life, explains Dailor. Lyrically, we were discussing things that happened to us recently, whereas in the past we looked further back for inspiration. It's about 365 days in this band. It was a tough and strange journey. We happened to be in the middle of completing a full rotation musically as everything else was going on.

    LP 1
    1. Tread Lightly
    2. The Motherload
    3. High Road
    4. Once More 'Round The Sun
    5. Chimes At Midnight
    6. Asleep In The Deep


    LP 2
    1. Feast Your Eyes
    2. Ember City
    3. Halloween
    4. Diamond In The Witch House

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    Echolocation

    Pressed On White Colored Vinyl



    Echolocation is the debut full-length release from Gone Is Gone, the supergroup featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and At the Drive-In. Pressed on white vinyl in a double-lp set.

    LP 1
    1. Sentient
    2. Gift
    3. Resurge
    4. Dublin
    5. Ornament
    6. Pawns


    LP 2
    1. Colourfade
    2. Roads
    3. Slow Awakening
    4. Fast Awakening
    5. Resolve
    6. Echolocation

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  • Live At The Aragon Live At The Aragon Quick View

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    Live At The Aragon

    LP 1

    1. Oblivion
    2. Divinations
    3. Quintessence
    4. The Czar
    5. I Usurper
    6. II Escape
    7. III Martyr
    8. Spiral
    9. Ghost of Karelia
    10. Crack the skye


    LP 2
    1. The last baron
    2. Circle of Cysquatch
    3. Aqua Dementia
    4. Where strides the
    5. Behemoth
    6. Mother puncher
    7. The bit

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    The Hunter

    The Hunter, the follow-up to Mastodon's critically embraced 2009 album, Crack The Skye, was recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon (bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor), decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach on their newest venture, but as usual the band does so boldly and with reckless abandon.
    1. Black Tongue
    2. Curl Of The Burl
    3. Blasteroid
    4. Stargasm
    5. Octopus Has No Friends
    6. All The Heavy Lifting
    7. The Hunter
    8. Dry Bone Valley
    9. Thickening
    10. Creature Lives
    11. Spectrelight
    12. Bedazzled Fingernails
    13. The Sparrow
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    Ire Works (Colored Vinyl)

    Limited Edition Electric Blue Vinyl


    Ire Works succeeds in many of the same ways that their previous album did, while branching out creatively. They continue to toy with technical metal, blistering hardcore, jazz breaks, and post-punk, but here they evolve again by adding more twists and turns with additional electronic elements. While the merging of too many styles in hardcore can make for a convoluted result (see Avenged Sevenfold's self-titled release), the added instruments and genre changeups enhance the result rather than acting as ornamental distractions.


    Edgy Aphex Twin-style drill'n'bass drum breaks and stretched and squeezed electro blips feel strangely at home next to the psychotic time-signature changes and manic riffs, especially on the tracks Sick on Sunday, Dead as History, and When Acting as a Wave. Violins, pianos, and trumpets sit nicely in the mix, and the group's willingness to take chances leads to stunning artistic endeavors rather than stale attempts at crossing genres just for the sake of being clever. Original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis makes an appearance, as does Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, but the most notable inclusion is drummer Gil Sharone, who proves himself an expert at picking up the slack after the departure of founding member Chris Pennie to play in Coheed and Cambria.


    Undoubtedly, this act added anger to fuel the fire of their heavier numbers. 82588, Fix Your Face, and Party Smasher are as wicked and manic as their most difficult earlier stuff; conversely, the melodic hooks and falsetto of Black Bubblegum and the watery ambience of Mouth of Ghosts balance out the album nicely. It can be inaccessible and terrifying all at once, but in a genre overly saturated with formulaic groups, Ire Works is a true standout. If DEP aren't careful and continue down this innovative path, they could easily be labeled the Radiohead of metalcore- a visceral metal album that pushes the envelope.

    1. Fix Your Face
    2. Lurch
    3. Black Bubblegum
    4. Sick On Sunday
    5. When Acting As a Particle
    6. Nong Eye Gong
    7. When Acting As a Wave
    8. 82588
    9. Milk Lizard
    10. Party Smasher
    11. Dead As History
    12. Horse Hunter
    13. Mouth Of Ghosts
    Dillinger Escape Plan
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    Asleep In The Deep (Picture Disc)


    12 Picture Disc


    Mastodon have one hell of a career to live up to. Speaking of pressure to meet fan expectations, there's arguably no metal act assumed to deliver brilliance on a regular basis like Mastodon." - Loudwire


    Mastodon is a multi-Grammy nominated hard rock juggernaut. From public endorsements of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist to unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band has accrued a staggering string of accolades. Their latest, Grammy-nominated album, Once More 'Round The Sun debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chart-displacing their 2011 album, Hunter, as their highest U.S. chart debut ever.

    1. Asleep In The Deep
    2. Asleep In The Deep (Instrumental)
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    Crooked Doors

    Atlanta's ROYAL THUNDER reemerge with their stunning sophomore LP 'Crooked Doors'. Propelled by the powerfully emotional voice of Mlny Parsonz, Royal Thunder seamlessly blends the great parts of heavy classic rock, 90s grunge and the forward thinking guitar heroics of contemporary metal bands like Mastodon and Baroness to create a sound unmistakably their own. Rarely has a band so naturally tied together 3 generations of hard rock into one triumphantly magnificent album.
    1. Time Machine
    2. Forget You
    3. Wake Up
    4. Floor
    5. The Line
    6. Forgive Me, Karma
    7. Glow
    8. Ear On The Fool
    9. One Day
    10. The Bear I
    11. The Bear II
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    Scream Bloody Gore (Awaiting Repress)


    Deluxe Remastered Reissue Of The Most Influential And Important Death Metal Album Of All Time!


    Includes Brand New Liner Notes


    DEATH's legendary 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore is more than just an untouchable album - upon its release, it was positively genre-creating. Scream Bloody Gore founded the quintessential death metal sound, with more tormented riffs, screams, and leads than the world had ever imagined, and established Chuck Schuldiner's inimitable phrasing and songwriting style as the most singular voice in the burgeoning genre. Today, the album is viewed unanimously as one of the all-time most important cornerstones of death metal. As the final chapter in Relapse's comprehensive DEATH reissue series, Scream Bloody Gore will now receive the deluxe reissue treatment.


    Like the preceding DEATH reissues, the deluxe reissue of Scream Bloody Gore has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Nile), features super-expanded packaging, and brand-new extensive liner notes from former DEATH drummer / Autopsy founder Chris Reifert, Sepultura's Max Cavalera, and original Scream Bloody Gore producer Randy Burns.

    1. Infernal Death
    2. Zombie Ritual
    3. Denial Of Life
    4. Sacrificial
    5. Mutilation
    6. Regurgitated Guts
    7. Baptized In Blood
    8. Torn To Pieces
    9. Evil Dead
    10. Scream Bloody Gore
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    Serpents Unleashed - Silver Edition

    Remastered And Reissued On Silver Vinyl


    Limited To 500 Copies Worldwide


    SKELETONWITCH's top-selling 2013 album features 11 helpings of frosty blackened thrash. Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Trap Them) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Nile). Artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kvelertak, Kylesa), who returns to the 'Witch fold for the first time since Beyond The Permafrost. Hell has arrived!

    1. Serpents Unleashed
    2. Beneath Dead Leaves
    3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
    4. From a Cloudless Sky
    5. Burned From Bone
    6. Unending, Everliving
    7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
    8. This Evil Embrace
    9. Unwept
    10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
    11. More Cruel Than Weak
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    Blood Drive

    ASG emerge from the sandy shores of North Carolina to deliver their fourth full length and Relapse debut 'Blood Drive'. Sun soaked groove heavy riffs that reference equal parts Torche and Queens of the Stone Age 'Blood Drive' is nothing short of anthemic. ASG have toured the country relentlessly with the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, Weedeater and Black Tusk. But what's most remarkable about 'Blood Drive' is that any of its 12 instantly memorable songs could just as easily be FM radio smash hits. What sets ASG apart from their swampy peers is singer/guitarist Jason Shi's voice: this is a set of songs that are truly SUNG by a guy who can actually SING. 'Blood Drive' is a kick ass blast of sun that elevates ASG to the level of some of their most well-regarded Relapse label-mates like Baroness and Mastodon
    1. Avalanche
    2. Blood Drive
    3. Day's Work
    4. Scrappy's Trip
    5. Castlestorm
    6. Blues for Bama
    7. Earthwalk
    8. Children's Music
    9. Hawkeye
    10. Stargazin
    11. The Ladder
    12. Good Enough to Eat
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    Remission (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastodon, featuring ex-members of Today is the Day, Lethargy, and Social Infestation, awaken the slumbering heavy music scene on their debut full-length Remission. The band's prodigious ability bridges the soulful and technical as Herculean yet incisive songwriting is effortlessly fused with an expansive and emotive tenor. Creative, distinct, graceful and strong, Mastodon's Remission features the traits of a benchmark release, a standard to which others have been measured by.

    1. Crusher Destroyer

    2. March Of The Fire Ants

    3. Where Strides The Behemoth

    4. Workhorse

    5. Ol'e Nessie

    6. Burning Man

    7. Trainwreck

    8. Trampled Under Hoof
    9. Trilobyte

    10. Mother Puncher

    11. Elephant Man
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    Call Of The Mastodon (Awaiting Repress)

    Call of the Mastodon is being repressed for the first time in over eight years! This compilation collects all of the band's earliest material including demo material, 2001's Slick Leg 7, and 2001's Lifesblood EP. Call of the Mastodon is a vital piece of heavy metal history and the crucial starting point in the still burgeoning Mastodon legacy.
    1, Shadows That Move
    2. Welcoming War
    3. Thank You For This
    4. We Built This Come Death
    5. Hail To Fire
    6. Battle At Sea
    7. Deep Sea Creature
    8. Slickleg
    9. Call Of The Mastodon
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    Broken Lines

    With 5 Grammy nominations and 2 wins; Golden Gods, Kerrang! And VH1 awards; headlining slots in many major festivals and countless Top 10 albums and singles, the members of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra are ready to re-write the rules of the successful rock 'super-group.' Comprised of William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra has created an album akin to classic cinema. Their innovative debut record, BROKEN LINES, is being released through Party Smasher Inc / Cooking Vinyl. The name itself represents strength and ingenuity per guitarist, Brent Hinds, "During the time Mastodon was there for Soundwave, I was at the zoo in Sydney, Australia and was checking out the giraffes. They are amazing animals - one just grabbed a bunch of bananas from my hand with its tongue and peeled them with it as well - by the time the bananas got to its mouth, they were ready to be eaten. I saw Ben who was at Soundwave too and said 'Man I think I found the name for our band,' and told him the story." Ben adds "That giraffe made it happen like us, he figured it out."
    1. Honey from a Knife
    2. Elemental Light
    3. The Wolf
    4. Life > Death
    5. For The Animals
    6. Amnesia
    7. Wilderness Now
    8. Lucifer
    9. A Pale Horse
    10. This Night In The City Forever
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    Dragged Down A Dead End Path

    Rarely does a debut record come bursting out of the gates this ferociously angry and, frankly, awesome. Stirring up a pissed off mix of Napalm Death and His Hero Is Gone, Colorado's Call Of The Void pound out a furious ten-song grand slam of a record. Dragged Down A Dead End Path truly lives up to its name, because this is a record that beats listeners into submission. Blending hardcore, sludge, powerviolence, crust and grind, Call Of The Void are legit rising stars in hardcore and metal. Dragged Down A Dead End Path's crust and grind elements seamlessly merge to conjure visions of grind godfathers Pig Destroyer while effortlessly treading the abrasive caustic nature of Converge's hybrid progressive hardcore and Mastodon's technical metal-tinged rock mastery.
    1. Failure
    2. Theory of Mind
    3. Bottom Feeder
    4. Endless Ritual Abuse
    5. Abomination
    6. Breeding Grounds
    7. Napalm Lungs
    8. The Liar's Heart
    9. I Hope You Two Fuck
    10. Faith & Filth
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    Savages

    Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.


    Armed with Cavalera's four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in metal. »Savages« represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max's 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.


    "All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages," Max declares.


    »Savages« melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY's diverse catalog. By Max's own account, »Savages« is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like 'Bloodshed', 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla' and 'Master of Savagery'. But there's also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY's »Enslaved« emerges in songs like 'Fallen' and 'Cannibal Holocaust'.


    "I really like the name »Savages«. I like single words that sound powerful, like 'Primitive', 'Roots', 'Arise'," Max explains. "It's about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we're working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We're still savages. Even with technology and how far we've come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage."


    A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There's CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max's collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There's his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there's Max's unassailable work as SEPULTURA's founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is 'Roots'.


    SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut »Soulfly« sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of 'Roots' with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who's-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.


    In addition to Max's own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including »Roots« producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).


    Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise »Savages« at home. "Zyon came up to me and said, 'Give me a shot. I'll play on the record for you. I won't let you down," explains the elder Cavalera. "I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!"


    Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon. "We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar."


    Cavalera says he must've written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for »Savages«. "The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together," he says. "For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It's a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. 'Let's try this again, motherfucker!' Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs."


    Max points to BLACK SABBATH's 'Symptom of the Universe' as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH's Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires. "I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value."


    Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since. "When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He's the guitar player I've been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We've developed a great bond since." Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, 'Bloodshed.' "There's stuff all over the song - clean guitars, feedback - he just makes the song better."


    Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things. "I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him 'El Comegente.' He's the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He's a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It's great recording with guys who know what they're doing. I don't have to ask if they know."


    Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take. "To have my son drumming on the album, that's killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn't try at all. To me, that's the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn't play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing."


    Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY's »Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon's recorded debut with the band, but one of Max's other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, 'Bloodshed'. "My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days," Max says. "The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer."


    Like every SOULFLY album, »Savages« contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH's Neil Fallon turns up on 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla', the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson's classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to 'Fallen', a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.


    Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to 'K.C.S.' Harris has been around the Cavaleras long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon's diapers when SOULFLY's new drummer was just one month old. "Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour," Max explains. "I'm like, 'You ready to sing some shit on this record?' I put him on the spot. He's like, 'Right now?' I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!' There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, 'Dude that was the most metal thing I've seen in a long time.'"


    Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.

    LP 1
    1. Bloodshed

    2. Cannibal Holocaust
    3. Fallen

    4. Ayatollah Of Rock 'N' Rolla

    5. Master Of Savagery

    6. Spiral


    LP 2
    1. This Is Violence

    2. K.C.S.

    3. El Comegente

    4. Soulfliktion

    5. Fuck Reality (Bonus Track)

    6. Soulfly IX (Bonus Track)

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    1. Purple Heart

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    3. Devotion II
    4. A Thousand Ways
    5. Anthem For Redemption
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    8. No One Writes Protest Songs
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    1. Intro
    2. Children Of Doom
    3. Planet Of Judgement
    4. Shadow Of A Skeleton
    5. (I Am) The Screaming Banshee
    6. Plague Of Man
    7. Fear
    8. Get Away
    9. Bela
    10. A Timeless Tale
    11. Hallow's Victim (Exhumed)
    12. To Breed A Soldier [Bonus Track]
    13. The Chameleon [Bonus Track]
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    One of 2013's most anticipated albums - Decibel magazine (US)


    'Heart of Oak' was produced by the band, and engineered by Jesse Gander (JAPANDROIDS, BISON B.C.) at The Hive Creative Labs (BLACK MOUNTAIN, NOMEANSNO) in Vancouver, Canada in Winter 2011/2012, and mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, BARONESS, CLUTCH) at WestWestside music. The album artwork was drawn by illustrator Alison Lilly.


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    3 Falling in Line
    4 One Foot in the Light
    5 The Longest River
    6 Giants
    7 Faith and Oath
    8 Flood and Fire
    9 For Lisa
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    1. Paranoid Cat (Chris Forsyth)
    2. Between Radnor And Sunrise (William Tyler)
    3. Miniature Dwellings II (Sam Moss)
    4. San Cristobal De Las Casas (Nick Jonah Davis)
    5. Song For Eugene (Pat O'Connell)
    6. Our Home Beyond The River (Tyler Ramsey)
    7. Rose March (Micah Blue Smaldone)
    8. Birds on the Lake (Mike Fekete)
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