Paul Tadday of Australia’s AMNplify recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

Speaking about SOULFLY‘s return to the groove-laden sound of the band’s early material on the group’s latest release, “Ritual”, Max said: “I feel that it is a little bit a return to that [type of sound], but it’s not really that much, not that dramatic. The record, to me, is just really exciting. It’s a really cool record. It does celebrate 20 years of SOULFLY, so we did try to get some of that spirit back from the beginning, in tracks like ‘Ritual’ and a little bit on ‘Bite The Bullet’. But I think overall, the record just has a lot of other [kind of] stuff, like ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’ and ‘Under Rapture’ and ‘Feedback!’. It’s a really exciting record. It might take more than one listening to absorb everything, ’cause there’s a lot of stuff going on. But I’m very happy, I’m very pleased with the result. It’s a solid SOULFLY record. All the real, true SOULFLY fans are gonna love this one.”

On the topic of the various collaborations that are featured on “Ritual”, Max said: “On this album, we have the great Randy Blythe [LAMB OF GOD], [who] doesn’t need any introduction. He’s a great guy from a great band. I like Randy very much — I like his style, I like his vibe. I read his book — a really interesting book. It was really cool that he lent his vocals for ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’; he made the song even more interesting, more exciting. And then Ross [Dolan] from IMMOLATION, that’s my old personal love of death metal, man, that I have from the beginning, when I used to tapetrade with Chuck [Schuldiner] from DEATH. It never went away. I love death metal my whole life. And having Ross on the album means so much to me, because I’m a big fan and I’m a big IMMOLATION fan. And I wrote that song [‘Under Rapture’] for him especially, for him to sing, and he killed it, man — his vocals are just brutal and amazing. Especially when he’s saying ‘rapture,’ it’s earth-shatering. I fucking love it, man. I love the collaborations. I love the fact that two guys from two different bands are on ‘Ritual’. I love them both, and I think it’s great… I still wanna do stuff with different people. Henry Rollins would be cool, or [Glenn] Danzig. Even Bruce Dickinson [IRON MAIDEN], to me, would be classic. Or even Brian Johnson [AC/DC], if [he decided] to come back and sing again, would be great. I’m a big AC/DC fan as well. I would love to have Angus Young on a track, man. That be the fucking ultimate for me; that would be really cool.”

“Ritual” was released in October via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Cover artwork was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). Additional booklet art was handled by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, HATEBREED, KREATOR), who also handled the package design.

SOULFLY has announced its first tour in support of “Ritual”. The trek, which will take place in January/February, will feature support from KATAKLYSM, INCITE, CHAOSEUM, ALUKAH and SKINFLINT.