Friday, March 27, 2015


We were all very excited to return to Indigo Ranch Studios after the Root's recording session had made a great friendship with Richard, Ross and the crew that worked the studio. It was difficult to transition into another band, not difficult, more like apprehensive, actually! It made sense Max would want to maestro at a studio he was attached to.

Richard Kaplan (white beard)

Richard had a stockpile of new and vintage gear piled up in one room and the choices were sweet! Out side, there were fruit trees and lush greenery. If you took a short walk, you could see down the mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

I was very happy also. We had Zyon and Igor with us, the older kids were traveling back and forth and I was beginning to get a grip on the tragedies of 1996.

yours truly...
Max set up a mini alter in the vocal booth, which was customary for him. Time to focus on the release of his stored up aggression and have a spiritual spot to turn to when faith needed an outlet. The rest of the guys were staying in a wooden A-frame cabin that was adjacent to the studio. Richard Kaplan and his hospitable wife, Julie, lived in a trailer just above the studio. Their original home had been burnt in the Malibu fires some time before. We all had our private spots to chill out in.

We even hired caterers to cook for us, because it was too far to go for a food run. We had great meals all day and new friends!
The recording began and the notes became imprinted on big spools of analog tapes! Ross was at the helm, Richard and Co. at the board and the band in the various rooms.



Ross directing Roy

Max had many ideas for special guest's collaborating. He had magic in his notebook and music throbbing in his brain. Every day, he became more confidant, more powerful. He had a message to convey about his life and his mission. This was a new found freedom that surprised him. It gave him courage to step forward. He became the person he had always wanted to be!

Class dismissed.......

Friday, March 20, 2015


With Soulfly X being created in front of my eyes, I mentally get in the time machine of my thoughts and travel back through time, thinking of the experiences that have changed Soulfly through the years. 19 years of creations.......After the drama and blood that was spilled in 1996, so much happened. It didn't ever slow down again.

First Soulfly Photo ever Christina

Soulfly One was steeped in the belief of No Hope No Fear. What else could we lose? We had hit the bottom and climbed back up. There was positive vibrations pulsing through our veins. There was also distrust, be wary, look both ways before crossing...and there was hope for a new freedom of expression. These feelings blended into Soulfly and the Tribe began to unite! Roy Mayorga, Marcelo Dias and Lucio Maia all joined arms with Max and became the new force of Metal...Soulfly took its first breath!

Max and I have kept a warehouse near the airport for over 20 years. Its corners are piled with well travelled gear from years of use, many of them spent circling the globe. They remind me of toys in Toy day they just retire. In 1997, we actually had room to rehearse and hang out! Roy and Lucio stayed at our daughter, Christina's house and Marcelo lived in Phoenix. Every day at 4:30, they would head to the jam pad and hammer out the songs Max had written in the interim period between Sepultura and Soulfly. It was like taking off bandages to find the wounds healed quite nicely, much to one's surprise!

Ross Robinson came out for pre-production. Max had worked with Ross on Roots and the transformation seemed natural to him. There was a mystical feeling at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu and Max was still creatively flowing with it. He was comfortable with the woodsy vibe of the studio, perched high in the hills. He knew this magic would spin onto the reels. The band had rehearsed and Ross came to get the feel of what was going down.

Ross arriving

Roy shattered the drum skins every day and Marcelo had the pounding bass thumping parallel to the slaying riffs that were exploding out the door! Lucio had suffered through the death of his friend and bandmate, Chico Science and had great emotional contributions slipping through the strings of his guitar. Eerily, Chico had died much in the same type of car accident as Dana, only a short time after Dana. I have always held high his guitar playing on this record, especially in the track, Bleed. I swear there is an emotion that is yet undiscovered and it's the feeling one gets from music that no words can possibly describe. Four separate beings blended through music, into one unit. The days of rehearsing filled them all with positive energy, and they knew they were ready to go into the studio. Soulfly emerged.....

Next week, part 2, Soulfly and Indigo Ranch....
Class dismissed.....

Friday, March 13, 2015


Soundwave isn’t all work, there’s a lot going on, on the side.  Some bands take the days off in between the Soundwave weekends, and head to the Gold Coast.  It’s action packed there!  We’ve all been bungee jumping, hanging at the beach and taking helicopter rides over Sea World.  The recent Australian Soundwave run of Killer Be Killed also had two shows, called Sidewaves.  One was in Melbourne and one was in Sydney.  In Melbourne, the band did an in store signing at Eureka Rebellion Trading, a really cool vinyl/barber shop/tattoo parlor.  They had a great selection of LP’s, and Kenny even got his head shaved while he was there!

If any of you head to Sydney Australia, you haven’t lived the Sydney experience unless you visit Harry’s Cafe de Wheels on Cowper Wharf Roadway.  Life isn’t complete without a traditional Harry’s Tiger Pie.  A palm size pie full roast beef, and a wonderful peppered brown gravy with mashed potatoes, mushy peas, and the volcanic stop is spewing gravy lava.  The menu is vast, and they are very famous for their hotdogs, and seafood mini pies, but I never make it past two Tiger Pies……..

Kenny, Harry's cook, and Max

You never know who you are going to catch in the hotel lobby’s.  It’s a cool meeting place to catch up with good friends you haven’t seen in a while, due to your schedules.  One of the added bonuses of the festivals.

Max causing some MAYHEM in the Lobby

More MAYHEM different hotel

And when it’s all done, you can just enjoy the view….

Brisbane Story Bridge

Class dismissed!  

Friday, March 6, 2015


Every February, there is a super cool festival in Australia, called Soundwave. The festivals take place on the weekends and in between the festivals, bands do headline shows with other bands from the lineup. These dates are called Sidewaves. It is a very cool idea and not to's really fun! This year I travelled with Killer Be Killed, who was one of the bands on the bill. Our Sidewave shows were with Lamb of God. Talk about a riot!!

Max, Troy and Greg before the gig

Besides the energy of the music and live shows, one of the raddest things is meeting people from other bands, catching up with long-time friends and eating in the catering with zillions of rockstars! This year, Max and I even travelled in a van with a Fall Out Boy and passed Bill Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, whose dressing room was near ours! Haha! The dudes from Of Mice & Men were super down to earth also. And don't forget the groupies...damn, they were screaming and chasing All Time Low through the airports!

I set up a couple secret meet and greets with Max at the hotels early in the day, for some of my special FB friends to get their Max books autographed. It was killer to meet them for real instead of in messages! Max, me and the KBK'ers also went to a koala park called Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and ventured through the jungle. We saw Tasmanian devils, platypuses and kangaroos...oh and don't forget the leather jacketed bats!

Rob Halford came on the last day and congratulated Max on his new band, KBK, and we talked about when Rob came to the Bootlegger's to see Richie when he was only 2 days old. I said, "Rob, you got on your knee by the bassinet and gave Richie the Kiss of Metal!" He said "and what's he doing now?" I replied that Incite had played the Troubadour the night before and Rob smiled and said "Metal." It was Gangster!

Max and Rob

Me and Rob

I also saw Mayhem for the first time and I will say, their show was bombastic and I loved the rocking, raging set list! The guys are so down to earth and nice! Crossfaith was a new band that I fell in love with immediately. Their energy reminded me of Igor and Zyon's Moldbreaker days! I really loved their performance! Slipknot raged and put on a kickass show too, but that's too be expected ! The revolving and rising drum kits on the sides of the stage were cool as shizzle! Lamb of God tore it up on Sidewave and Zetro and Exodus and I bonded by blood! I love that guy!

Max and Godflesh

Max w/ Jay Weinburg of Slipknot



Max and Mayhem

Max with Crossfaith

Corey / Slipknot

Me and Crossfaith

All in all it was a great time and hats off to AJ for masterminding such a work of art! Lots of preparations, calculations and demolition of eardrums! Looking forward to bringing my other bands some day, to rock the house in Australia! Oh, and lets not forget the label and John Howorth for the hard work, the famous twins Paul and Andrew Haug-the Australian Metal hosts- and the fans who rocked the house from dusk till dawn! I wish it was February every month!

Killing it at dinner!

Home sweet home!

Class dismissed....