Max Cavalera brought the whole family along with him last Sunday when his band Soulfly made its stop in Pittsburgh at the Altar Bar for the Maximum Cavalera Tour. The line-up for the evening featured two opening acts that combined, have three of Max’s sons as members. When I first realized that this was the metal equivalent of “Take your kid to work day”, I wasn’t expecting too much out of the youngsters, I was happy to be proven wrong.
The evening started with two local acts, who I heard nothing but good things about, but sadly traffic delayed me from making to the Strip District until well after doors had opened. Florida based Wyyked Wytch was just taking the stage when I made it inside the venue, treating the audience to a short but heavy set of their style of Cradle of Filth-esque metal.
Next up on stage was Lody Kong, featuring two of Max Cavalera’s sons; Igor and Zyon Cavalera. At first glance at the band, you would expect a set of safe teeny bopper rock and roll, but Lody Kong would be more than happy to prove that notion wrong. The kids hit the stage with energy and a speed metal/thrash punk attitude and playing style reminiscent to old Fugazi or Fudge Tunnel. I was very impressed with the energy and the music of this band and I will anxiously await the release of their first EP. If you ever get a chance to see this band live in a club, DO NOT MISS THEM.
Incite was next, and any fan of Soulfly will recognize their lead singer, Richie Cavalera. In the early days of Soulfly, Richie would join his stepfather Max on stage to take the lead on Fred Durst’s vocals for the bands first single “Bleed”. Forget about those days, Incite can hold their own compared to any metal band still taking the stage today. Commanding the stage, they were the first band of the night to get the crowd moving; the audience was pounding the floor so hard I half expected the ground to cave in, sprawling drunk headbangers all over the venues basement. Closing their impressive set with the song “Army of Darkness”, off of their new album ‘The Slaughter’, Incite left the crowd here in Pittsburgh wanting more.
The need for more was filled instantly when Soulfly took the stage, which now features ex-Static X bassist Tony Kampos. The band played songs from throughout their impressive 15 year career, as well as a handful of favorites from Max’s days in Sepultura, and a few to feature the new album ‘Enslaved’. During the song “Revengence”, Max was joined by all three of his sons that opened for him for the closest thing you will ever get to a metal duet.
The show ended with a tease of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”, and a medley of the Soulfly hits “Jumpdaf**kup” and “Eye for an Eye”, leaving the metal heads in Pittsburgh satisfied until Max comes back with any one of his many projects.
- World Scum
- Back to the Primitive
- Drum Jam
- Troops of Doom
- American Steel
- Arise/Dead Embryonic Cells
- Plata O Plomo
- Roots Bloody Roots
- Raining Blood/Jumpdaf**kup/Eye for an Eye