According to Max, he has also taken inspiration from “Max Trax”, the twice-weekly Internet video series he recently launched in which he discusses the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his nearly 40-year music career.
“I get inspired by the old songs,” he said. “I think the old material becomes an inspiration. So I think we’re gonna be able to create something unique from all that experience — from the old stuff to the new stuff. KILLER BE KILLED will probably be somehow an influence on the record, in some parts of the record,” he added, referring to his side project which has just released its sophomore album, “Reluctant Hero”, via Nuclear Blast. “So we’re just gonna maybe bring all that into the new SOULFLY.”
As for a possible release date for the new SOULFLY album, Max said: “I don’t know when it’s gonna come out. I know we’re gonna record it next year, but I’m not sure it’s gonna come out next year. I don’t know yet. We’ve gotta kind of wait and see. But I’m using the time to write, which is great. It’s all we can do right now — is write music.”
This past June, SOULFLY released a new digital EP, “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX”. The effort was recorded at The Gramercy in New York City on February 11, 2019 while SOULFLY was on tour in support of its most recent full-length album, “Ritual”. The audio for the EP was mixed and mastered by Charles Elliott (ABYSMAL DAWN) from Tastemaker Audio. Cover artwork was comprised of live photos taken by Rodrigo Fredes.
“Ritual” was released in October 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
Max is joined in KILLER BE KILLED by Troy Sanders (MASTODON), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), and Ben Koller (CONVERGE, ALL PIGS MUST DIE, MUTOID MAN).