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MARC RIZZO INTERVIEW

Posted on February 12, 2008

We managed to catch up with SOULFLY’s – MARC RIZZO on their recent UK tour, to have a general catch up with him in this short interview. How has the tour gone, and have there been any particular high points? Yes, playing the Astoria was awesome. How does it feel to be performing Sepultura tracks with Max? It’s so cool because I’ve been playing those tracks for years, so now to play them with Max is a real trip. How have you found the crowd response to the material from í¢ä‰åñDark Agesí¢ä‰åŒ? Amazing, they know all the words already. You were previously in Ill Nino, how does Soulfly compare? Being in Soulfly feels more like a band. Max is totally cool to work with. I get more freedom in Soulfly and I get encouraged by Max to play my best, where as in Ill Nino I was being held back. Dark Ages is a far more progressive and brutal album than Soulfly’s earlier stuff. What are you feelings about the album and its sound as a whole? I think Dark Ages is the best of all the eras of music Max has been involved in. Dark Ages is my favourite Soulfly record. The guitar work on this album seems to have a greater sense of complexity, how did you go about writing these parts with Max? Max is a fan of thrash metal guitar and so am I. Like I said before Max gives me a lot of freedom to experiment with complex parts and I know he has always been into and when he writes riffs I think he keeps in mind that I could put a lead in top of a riff. What do you think has created the Marc Rizzo guitar sound? I.e. what are your influences musically, and specifically on the guitar? Between my solo CD í¢ä‰åñCollapse Myopiaí¢ä‰åŒ and í¢ä‰åñProphecyí¢ä‰åŒ and í¢ä‰åñDark Agesí¢ä‰åŒ I’ve really gotten to develop a style which would be a mixture of flamenco guitar and shred metal. What is next for you and the band? Tour and record more records.

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