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Soulfly Enthralls The Bristol Tribe At The Fleece

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With a new album, "Ritual" just around the corner, Max Cavalera and his cohorts are very busy preparing to unleash the record and nothing gets fans pumped for a new live album like a blistering live performance. This is just what fans were treated to in Bristol last week at the intimate Fleece venue just outside the city centre.

Opting to use local support throughout their tour of the United Kingdom, they were joined on their final night in Britain by BOE (Beginning Of Extinction.) BOE perform a brand of music best described as early 2000s nu metal, reminiscent of bands like Drowning Pool, Saliva and to a lesser extent Coal Chamber. It's a little difficult to report on the performance of a local band because it's hard to tell how much of those cheering are friends of the band to begin with, but as someone who doesn't know the band but enjoys some the aforementioned bands, I can say that they were unremarkable, but by no means terrible. There's nothing to get excited about and their second vocalist contributes as much to the music as Bez from the Happy Mondays, but as a whole, they're fine. BOE clearly strikes a chord with some people, but there was also plenty of others hanging out in the smoking area. All in all, check them out if you miss the sound of fifteen years ago and judge for yourself.

On then to the main attraction. The Fleece was jam packed with headbangers on the night, eager to see the Brazilian metal legend and company, which now includes his son Zyon on drums. The quartet did not disappoint and launched into a career spanning set, though strangely excluding the latest album, "Archangel." Material from older albums such as "Frontlines" from "Dark Ages" and "Blood Fire War Hate" from "Conquer" went down a treat, as did more recent works like "Rise Of The Fallen" and "Ritual" preview, "The Summoning."

Old favourites were by no means ignored too, including the Sepultura staple, "Refuse/Resist" and a number of songs from the "Prophecy" album, including the title track, "Mars" and "Execution Style." These songs, alongside the likes of "Seek 'n' Strike," "Back To The Primitive" and "Jumpdafuckup." Soulfly are also celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their self titled debut and so a string of numbers such as "No Hope = No Fear," "Tribe" and of course, "Eye For An Eye." From beginning to end, the band were on great form which spurs on the audience and even the guitar solo from virtuoso lead, Marc Rizzo was received with excitement. It's rare that someone finds success with a new band after leaving a successful one but after twenty years, ten albums and another on the way, Max Cavalera has proved his doubters very wrong and demonstrated why Soulfly are still in demand at festivals and in venues worldwide.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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