Metal titans Soulfly perform their first show in the North East of England in four years.

The band’s legendary frontman Max Cavalera has been touring his Return to Roots project together with his brother Iggor, playing Sepultura’s groundbreaking Roots album. Soulfly is set to release their eleventh studio album, the follow up to 2015’s Archangel, in September via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 

The US-based groove metal quartet are currently touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their formation. Subsequently, tonight’s show on Tyneside features very much a greatest hits setlist that perfectly represents the group’s extensive back catalogue.

From the moment the four-piece hits the Riverside Newcastle stage, a huge circle pit in the middle of the room opens up and remains heavily active throughout the duration of Soulfly’s career-spanning performance.

Soulfly’s thunderous airings of the likes of “Blood Fire War Hate”, the groove-heavy “Rise Of The Fallen” and old favourite “Bleed” whips the band’s loyal fans into a circle pit inducing frenzy.

Soulfly takes the crowd back to the start of the band with the classic “Tribe” and a frantic rendition of “No Hope = No Fear” both taken from their eponymous 1998 debut album. During the latter of which the band segue a few bars of “Umbabarauma”, to great effect.

Although the emphasis of the set is on the band’s classic cuts, they also take the opportunity to showcase the future with the inclusion of their new song “The Summoning”. The track features drop tuning and is executed at breakneck speed, which certainly hits the spot with the Geordie faithful.

Guitarist Marc Rizzo takes centre stage during a blistering solo, which features crowd-pleasing excerpts of both Slayer and Pantera.

With the full band back onstage they blast through the emphatic “Wasting Away” from one of Cavalera’s side projects Nailbomb, before bringing their main set to a close with the politically tinged “Back To The Primitive”.

A three-song encore featuring a cover of Napalm Death’s “You Suffer” and concluding with an instrumental performance of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” brings a relentless night of thrash metal to a close in Newcastle.

With a career spanning twenty years, Soulfly is still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down.

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Event Date: 09-Aug-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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