SOULFLY Guitarist Talks About Making Of 'Omen'

May 28, 2010

Video footage of SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo talking about the recording of the band's new studio album, "Omen", can be viewed below.

"I grew up listening to SEPULTURA and SOULFLY," Rizzo stated. "I just love [Max Cavalera's; SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman] style of writing and I've been a huge fan of his ever since I was a little kid, so it's a trip to be in a band with him and be part of making the records I've been part of with him."

According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, "Omen" is on track (based on one-day sales reports) to sell between 10,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

SOULFLY's last album, "Conquer", opened with 8,400 units back in August 2008 to land at position No. 66 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number was in line with the opening tally of the CD's predecessor, "Dark Ages", which shifted a little more than 8,000 copies during its first week of release in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 155.

Frontman Max Cavalera fuels "Omen" with the same blood, fire and spirit that made him a genre icon with SEPULTURA, SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. Following the warpath left by 2008's critically acclaimed "Conquer", "Omen" is a sign of SOULFLY becoming an even fiercer, fierier and more furious metallic monster, seven albums into their storied career. Various SOULFLY traditions remain upheld over the course of the album's 11 tracks. Bobby Burns' bass rumbles and roars on teeth-gnashing opener "Bloodbath and Beyond", as Joe Nunez commences pure percussive pummeling. Marc Rizzo tears through throat-slitting leads, while still making room to groove on the likes of "Lethal Injection". Max's unmistakable vocals and riffs work in tandem for the ultimate aural assault.

Marc's six-string experimentation led to a unique solo on "Rise of the Fallen" and a pensive acoustic outro on "Mega-Doom". Max lauds him saying, "Marc is such an exciting guitar player. He blew me away again. Marc came up with crazy, electronic sounds. He makes the guitar sound like a computer or a cell phone. It's a bit influenced by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. The album is split between those noises and some incredible melodic solos. Marc really outdid himself on 'Omen'."

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