Soulfly kicked off their We Sold Our Souls to Metal tour in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre on Wednesday night. This tour celebrates the release of their new album, Archangel, which is the band’s tenth album and second under Nuclear Blast. The new album is unmistakable Soulfly, with heavy, but melodic rhythms and crushing guitars that fans have come to expect.
The opening bands were Shattered Sun and Soilwork. Decapitated was supposed to be on the bill, but there were some unforeseeable issues and they couldn’t make it. Shattered Sun put on a brief, but heavy set and seemed to make some new fans by the time they were done. Soilwork also put on a crushing set and had many rabid fans keeping the energy going in the circle pit. When it was time for Soulfly to take the stage, the crowd was worked into a sweaty, beer drenched lather and were ready for those pulsating Brazilian rhythms that Max Cavalera pioneered.
Max, with his signature ESP guitar strapped around him like a soldier going into battle, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand all night. The band was high energy for the duration of their set and fellow guitarist; Marc Rizzo handled the band’s complex lead lines on his Schecter seven string, making them look almost like a mortal could attempt them.
This was a great show from top to bottom and Soulfly is one of those bands that has the ability to pick you up, change your mood, and feed off of the energy that they provide. Check out the tour dates and catch the band when the come to your town.