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Soulfly Biography

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Birth Place: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Years Active: 1997- present
Genres: Nu Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal

Soulfly is a heavy metal band formed in 1997 and based in Phoenix, Arizona. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. Soulfly incorporates many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal and world music. The band has gone through numerous line-up changes, with Cavalera being the only constant member.

The band's first lineup included drummer Roy Mayorga and guitarist Jackson Bandeira (ex-Chico Science), along with former Sepultura roadie Marcello D. Rapp on bass. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1998.

Soulfly's second album, “Primitive,” was released in 2000. In June 2002, they released an album simply titled “3,” followed by “Prophecy,” in 2004. Soulfly's fifth studio album, “Dark Ages,” was issued in 2005 and their sixth full-length, “Conquer,” was released in 2008.

“Omen” followed in 2010 and their eighth album “Enslaved” was released in 2012. All of their albums have been issued on the Roadrunner label.