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Friday, July 20, 2018

TREE OF PAIN...THE CASSIC!

Soulfly 3 is a rarity, with one of the longest Soulfly tracks on it, Tree of Pain. Max invited a young vocalist from Phoenix, Asha Rabouin, to sing on the track, and did she ever belt that tune! Asha sang from her heart, since her brother Kamal had suffered an early death. It is the Bohemian Rhapsody of Metal, in my opinion. Long and deep, soulful and compassionate. Her voice is so silky and mournful at the same time.



This record was the first record Max produced on his own. We went to the newly relocated Chaton Studios and recorded with Otto "Rusty" Dagnolo, a longtime friend, who had also recorded Nailbomb. I found the studio when I set up the Flotsom and Jetsom demo recording.


Max became a US citizen only a couple weeks before and then 9-11 happened. This seriously affected the lyrics on this record. There is a minute of silence on the track 9-11-01, Call to Arms with Danny Marianino, and the Sacred Reich cover One Nation, all representing the turbulent, confusing times.

The fun moment in this recording was when we brought Zyon, Igor , and two of their close friends, Jade and Noah, in the studio to record the Pledge of Allegiance, to be used as the intro to One Nation. We actually took them to NYC when Soulfly played Roseland. These kids found their courage and walked out in front of a sold out crowd and recited the pledge in front of a mosh pit frenzy of Metalheads! I do recall they punched each other once or twice as they walked out..something to do with their placement on stage LOL!!



Class dismissed.......

Friday, July 13, 2018

HERE WE GO!! ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER STRIKE!!

The video for Seek and Strike was made in the yard of our home we cal The Mountain House. Sean Lennon penned the lyrics to Son Song there, with Max. A track about John Lennon written by his son, written there! I could only dream of something like that! Killer Be Killed was given birth there. Joe Nunez's first show with Soulfly was at Roxanne's Sweet 16 Party at that location. The Mountain House soothed the children's loss of their brother. It gave them adventure romping through the desert and creek bed. When you walk in the front door, on the floor is a giant carved word...CAVALERA. There is a secret Soulfly logo tucked on the tile in a corner of a room. Many many memories there..


When it came time to make the video for Soulfly 3, Max chose the desert location to be in our yard. 6 spacious acres offered all types of terrain. The only problem was the 110 degree heat that decided to smother us that day! Never fear, as we Arizonans are tough stock when it comes to dry heat! We gathered our Tribe and off we went!




For drama, we painted the faces of everyone with Soulfly logos and tribal paint. Our friend, Ray Nugent, has a large Soulfly logo tattooed on his back; perfect for this occasion! Throughout the day, they all ran through the cactus, up the inclines from the creek bed and the band played on!! We even had a visit from a rattlesnake!





The end of the video was the final gift! Everyone perched on the massive bedrock popping through the volcanic rock and a water truck sprayed everyone with the coolness of the tank! Did I tell you that our property and home is smack dab in the middle of an extinct volcano? Located at the foot of Pyramid Mountain, the last house in Unincorporated Phoenix, also a positive vortex location. It has the vibe that caresses your spirituality.




Please don't ask what happened to the snake!



Class dismissed....

Friday, July 6, 2018

LET’S REVISIT PRIMITIVE, STUDENTS!!

Primitive was an evolution in the Encyclopedia of Max producing records. He never sat at the board but he plotted the rest..the guests, studio, engineers, artwork, mastering, every detail. One of the photos of this time, one he loved the most, was taken of our son Igor with tribal paint on him. It was dramatic!


There were so many guests to arrange travel, contracts and recording schedules, which made my time tight, as well! Tom Araya, Sean Lennon, Chino Moreno, Grady Avenoll, Asha Rabouin and many others. I remember Chino walked in with a cd of rough tracks from White Pony, laying it on the soundboard and 30 seconds later, it was stolen!



Cory Taylor was playing a show and shot in an out of the studio. He crafted some of the meanest lyrics on Jumpdafuckup! He was ON FIRE that afternoon!!!


Max brought in a team of percussionists. He had never worked with Mei Noite before, but admired his style and work. He was invited to throw his shizzle down, along with Larry McDonald. Max met Larry when they both performed in Amsterdam, for the Crossing Borders spoken word event. Larry was a member of Gil Scott Heron’s band.



Things were coming together.. Max had build a comfort zone in his vocal booth and I was there to plot and make his ideas come to life! Even though I had that goofy haircut and glasses....wtf? Lol



But what a great tan! Enjoy your summer, Students! Catch up on classes if you are behind!


Class dismissed.....

Friday, June 29, 2018

NEVILLE GARRICK...FROM BOB MARLEY TO MAX!! THE EXODUS!

When Max was working on Primitive, he selected Bob Marley and the Wailer’s artist, Neville Garrick, to design the cover, the cd booklet and the campaign. Max was deep into researching Jamaican music and feeling quite spiritual from the previous years’ experiences. He wanted the artwork to be representative of his feelings.



Neville was a graduate of UCLA, who also had played on their football team. After graduating he relocated to Jamaica. Neville soon became the illustrator behind Bob Marley’s biggest albums, backdrop and also designed the backdrop for Reggae Sunsplash.




After Soulfly 3 was created, with Neville again at the helm, Neville went back to Jamaica as he is one of the overseers of the Bob Marley Museum. He has amazing photos from his lifetime achievements and I recommend any book he could possibly release, that gives us a peak into his journey through life. If you ever get the opportunity to meet him, I say “have a fat one rolled in your pocket!”

Class dismissed....

Friday, June 22, 2018

THE CHAOTIC SUMMER OF 1993!!

We were all holed up at Rockfield Studio in Wales, in the summer of 1993. Andy Wallace and the guys were layering the riffs and the beats and the screams to what would eventually be Chaos AD. (Did I tell you how I first heard the name? I recall like it was yesterday...I was standing by the vintage Rolls Royce in the parking lot and Max came up. He whispered to me..."I think I have a name for the record. What do you think? Chaos AD." Heck yeah, what was there not too like?)


When it came time for the bass, everyone wondered what would happen...who would record it? Andy felt that he could give it a try but he wanted solitude. He sent us on a scavenger hunt...go have some fun. And we did. We all took off for a couple days of rest and relaxation and left Andy with the situation. We heard that our friends, Faith No More, were playing on a festival in England called the Phoenix Festival, so off we went. Max and I scooped up Z and headed north!



The Phoenix Festival was held at Long Marston Airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon. It was one of the first 4 day festivals in Great Britain. We were happy to see our friends from Napalm Death chilling there too! Max and I have always had a special fondness for Mitch. He was super children-oriented, like us. Some day I will find that darn video of him changing Zyon's pooped diaper on our couch!


At night, we stayed at a renovated castle, revamped into a hotel. It had a chapel out back with super ancient above ground graves. Knights and maidens all in a row! The fresh air and break from the studio revived us and then.....we returned to the Chaos!




Class dismissed.....

Friday, June 15, 2018

THE '80'S AND '90'S WHEN FLIERS WERE KING!!

When I first started at our club, The Bootleggers, one of the main ways to advertise was with fliers. You had to be really creative to attract attention; there were so many shows to choose from! Being a club owner meant you had to get people to your gig and one of the best ways was to have a flier that really stood out.




Recently, I came across a stack of original fliers tucked under piles of memorabilia. The Ramones, Death, Beastie Boys,and King Diamond were just a few of the ones I found. I share! Here are some of the classics for you, Students! Paul Stottler was one of my favorite designers! He created Sacred Reich's artwork designs and now he tattoos in Hollywood. He even tattooed Dave Grohl!






During our time in The Bootleggers, we dropped fliers at the local record stores (long since shut down), hit up cars in parking lots and stood outside concerts handing them to the fans as they were leaving. One way to get directly to the Metal heads was to go to the high schools at lunch breaks and locate the fast food restaurant the Metalhead students frequented. We pinpointed the various lunch times of the local high schools and then drove around the vicinity and spotted the Metal kids. They all seemed to group together at the same Burger King or what ever chain was near the school. It took some time to figure out the various lunch breaks but once you knew, you could make a route that was very effective.

Here you go!! Help yourself to this nostalgia of bands long since recorded in the Metal History books!!

Class dismissed.....

Friday, June 8, 2018

1993 STARTED WITH A Z !!! 25 YEARS AGO ....

25 years ago this week, our home was hectic with happiness and with sadness, all rolled into one! Fate denied Max and me a honeymoon, newly wedded happiness and any form of celebration of our marriage. We had a whole 12 hours of wedded bliss before unthinkable tragedy struck us. Focusing on the needs of our family got me through it. When all hell breaks loose, I work harder and triumph!


There was a little person who was there to keep us occupied and his name began with a Z !! The "calm, big eyed, brown haired Do-Dah-er, born with a beat in his head" was the perfect ointment for any pain! We had a mascot!
We all laughed wedding tour, cried at Adam's funeral and then, with wobbly knees, boarded a plane to London! Chaos was about to be sculpted! With all the hubbub, with all the anxiety, there was quiet excitement!






The kids had certainly suffered in grief, so Max and I decided to transport them across the ocean to Wales to join us at Rockfield Studio. We needed to be together. Andy and Trish (his wife) were bringing their children, too. Companions are cool! Andy Wallace and Andy Wallace were the first steps. They would grow by great lengths each day, as the layers of recording were processed. The kids would be free to play in the haunted fields of Rockfield and the adults would be adulating !!


25 years ago it seems so far and seems so near, at the same time! Our journey has winded; our Tribe has expanded. Z has grown all the rest of the children. Nothing stops Time. It is up to us to leave our mark, our impression, our influence. Will you like to dandelion or leave your imprint like T-Rex? Leave your mark, Students! Be your Dream !!




Do not let misery and the downs of Life break you !! There is an adventure every day! Just fly free and see where the world takes you, before its too late ......

Class dismissed ....

Friday, June 1, 2018

COME ROCK THE CANYON!!!!

In the early morning darkness, we will be heading to Kayenta, Arizona, in Monument Valley, to bring Soufly to our friends at the Navajo Nation! June 2 is an important date for the Navajo Tribe, as it is the date the US government and the Tribe signed the peace treaty 150 years ago. After much violence, and many tragedies, the two parties came to an agreement that would march the Nation not the future.


The concert will be free admission for all, and we will share the stage with our friends, Michael Black and his band, Taipan. There will also be several Navajo Metal bands. I am hoping there will be a fair-like atmosphere and we can all savor the Indian Fry Bread dripping with honey!!




We have a solid bond with the Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez. He has made it his responsibly to create activities to better the Navajo youths' education and future! Young people are the future and the struggles to grow up and have a successful life, are many. He is "hands on," all the way!

We were blessed to receive the traditional protection of the Navajo Spirits, in a ceremony I will never forget! It was dark and we stood below the Milky Way, in a small amphitheater in Tuba City, Arizona. The Medicine Man presented Max with a powerful silver and turquoise bracelet that wards off negative energy. During the blessing, a feather fell at my feet and I was given it. I never travel anywhere without it now!! The ancient beliefs are strengthening. Sometimes, I feel the modern world has washed away much of the power of Nature!



Join us in celebrating this powerful day of reflection. People suffer many wrongs, yet at the same time, they create the many wrongs. The past should be our teacher and we should open our minds to peace, for we are all leaders in our own way.

Class dismissed....