SOULFLY entered Edge Of The Earth studios in Hollywood, California on Friday, November 6 with producer Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, DIVINE HERESY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, GOJIRA, DEVILDRIVER) to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled “Omen”, for an early 2010 release. Working songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to last year’s “Conquer” include:
* Bloodbath And Beyond
* Soulfly VII
* Off With Their Heads
* Rise Of The Fallen
* Great Depression
* Apocalyptic Clash
* Vulture Culture
* Lethal Injection
* 7 Daggerz
SOULFLY is also recording a cover version of the LED ZEPPELIN song “Four Sticks” (taken from the English rock band’s fourth album, released in 1971) for future use as a B-side or bonus track.
Video footage of some of the early sessions for “Omen” at the Edge Of The Earth studios can be viewed below (courtesy of MetalInjection.net)
In a recent interview, SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera stated about the songwriting process for the band’s next album, “We’re thinking about making the songs a little shorter, so if you can imagine maybe a little bit like MINOR THREAT mixed with [SLAYER’s] ‘Reign In Blood’ mixed with SOULFLY, with still some world music, but much smaller, and the songs not so long — shorter. It’ll be more aggressive than ‘Conquer’ [album] even, because it’ll be shorter — it’ll be like when SLAYER did ‘Reign In Blood’, [that] kind of thing.”
“Conquer” sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 66 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is in line with the opening tally of the CD’s predecessor, “Dark Ages”, which shifted a little more than 8,000 copies during its first week of release in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 155.