Yor are touring since the beginning of june. What kind of feedback have you got so far?
It’s been kinda great! Every time we come to Europe it’s always a great time, we have great fans, great attendances to each show. It’s absolutely amazing, you know.
What does a typical touring-day looks like at SOULFLY?
Hanging out, get ready for the show, practising a lot. Just get ready to play, it’s pretty laid back.
And what about festivals this summer? You did Graspop last week, and will play at Full Force next week…
Yes, we do lots of festivals a year, especially in Europe and some in Germany. I don’t know all their names, but we also do smaller festivals and play with other great bands, for example DOWN, ANTHRAX, GOD FORBID. It’s awesome to come to Europe and do all these festivals. The summer here is a great time. In America we don’t have these opportunities.
Have you ever heard about your support act AGE OF EVIL (Fulda was the first date with AGE OF EVIL –Armin)
I have never heard about them before, but they come from Arizona, which is nearer to Max, you know. But I listened to their soundcheck today, and yeah, it sounds good.
Let’s talk about your recent album “Conquer”. Are you still satisfied with it, one year after the release?
Yes, definitely. It’s a great record. It’s the next level from “Dark Ages”, the record before. We were happy when it came out and we are looking forward to get back in the studio and make another record.
And what is your favourite song on this album?
My favourite songs are “Fall Of Sycophants” and “Blood Fire War Hate”.
Is there in your opinion any outstanding song concerning the lyrics?
Oh, concerning the lyrics you better have to ask Max, because it’s more personal for him. He writes all of the lyrics so it’s kinda more his thing.
You did a MARILYN MANSON coversong for the limited edition. How did it come to this?
Haha, I don’t know how it came to this. We were asked for some songs for compilation discs, and it was very cool. We did a cool thrash ending to this song, which wasn’t there before.
There is also a song called “For those about to rot” on the album. Can we see it as a lyrical tribute to AC/DC?
It’s just playing with words, you know. I think Max relates this song more into CARCASS, you certainly know their song “Keep On Rotting In A Free World”. So it’s more similar to this. We’re big CARCASS fans.
Speaking about other bands, what do you think about young bands who are totally deep in the old school thrash metal style like WARBRINGER, BONDED BY BLOOD or FUELED BY FIRE?
Right now, this is a great time for metal and hardcore, so many great bands are coming out. I love all the young bands playing old school thrash metal, because as a kid I grew up with all these classical thrash metal bands and thrash metal was always my favourite music. One of my new favourite bands are MUNICIPAL WASTE for example and certainly WARBRINGER. These guys are amazing, I’ve done shows with them with my solo band.
Have you already started writing new songs for the next album?
Yes, we are talking about doing the next record in october.
Will the new songs turn in the same direction like “Conquer”?
They will probably be more thrashy and faster. But we are not talking about making a new “Reign In Blood”-record.
And what else is going on in SOULFLY except writing new songs in the next six months?
When this tour is finished, we will return to the USA for two weeks and then start with CAVALERA Conspiracy, go to Japan and Europe. After that we start the US-tour with SOULFLY in September.
And some words to your solo project?
I’m working on a new record and hope to get it out in 2010. The last album came out in 2007 and I want to go on tour with my solo project.
Thanks so far. One last question: what do you think about your new president Barack Obama?
He seems cool. I voted for him. It seems we are heading in a better direction than we were in the last eight years.
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