While Soulfly never attained the influential heights that band leader Max Cavalera reached with his prior work in Sepultura during that band’s glory days, there are still plenty of plaudits to be given for over two decades of consistency. Soulfly’s latest record, 2018’s Ritual, saw the band entering its third decade of generating catchy groove-laden metal enhanced by Cavalera’s lifetime obsession with traditional Brazilian tribal rhythms. Max’s son Zyon Cavalera has proven worthy of his recent ascension to the drumming throne, as his ability to juggle those traditional influences and blistering metal beats continues to improve. Those also looking for more of a straightforward metal presentation would be advised to show up early for the Venom-esque blackened thrash of Toxic Holocaust.
Soulfly plays with Toxic Holocaust and X Method at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7 at Alex’s Bar.