Soulfly tribe

Soufly live in concert at Glasgow Garage
Soulfly live in concert at Glasgow Garage this evening.

Soulfly rocked in Glasgow this evening, at the Garage; although they really deserved a much larger venue and a larger stage.

The support band Skindred were surprisingly good. Their guitarist was the spitting image of Danny Wallace; at least from a distance. I sent him a text to tell him that. Danny, I mean, not the guitarist. Their vocalist was like a squashed version of Derrick Green from the mighty Sepultura. Not quite as tall, more stocky, but no less presence. He quickly won over the whole crowd and had us all bouncing to their unique brand of Ragga Punk Metal. Besides vocals Welsh frontman Benji ‘played’ samples on a small Casio keyboard, and ended their set with a most beautiful rendition of the built-in Casio keyboard demo. Great humour, great music and great presence. Look out for Skindred in the future.

I remember years and years ago in my bedroom in Selkirk listening to the album Beneath The Remains by then little-known Brazilian band called Sepultura. Their frontman and rhythm guitarist was a man called Max Cavalera. The man is a legend, rising out of Belo Horizonte to become, at one time, one of Brasil’s largest exports after coffee and drugs!

Tonight I was in the same room as Max Cavalera — who was sporting a Scotland FA shirt — watching him with his current band Soulfly ripping through a “best of. . .” of Soulfly and Sepultura tracks, such as Babylon, Eye For An Eye, Prophecy, L.O.T.M. (Last of the Mohicans), Refuse/Resist and Troops of Doom. The art of shredding is not dead! Thrash metal is not dead!

The only problem about seeing a thrash metal band in concert is that they can get through 15 – 20 songs in only 75 minutes. Which is just what they did. And SHOCK! no encore! First headlining band I’ve ever seen not to come on again for at least one more song.

But it didn’t detract from a great evening of REAL METAL™.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

6 thoughts on “Soulfly tribe”

  1. Sounds fantastic, i’m hoping i can blag some tickets off Rock Sound for the 7th when they play london. Skindred are amazing, their album is well worth buying and just grows and grows on you.
    I went to the Kerrang XXV show with Bullet For My Valentine on saturday and Still Remains were playing, and were fantastic. They’re a band of Christians (as opposed to a Christian band!) and really heavy with great songs. I’ll post some shots of them on my blog later today, they’re well worth a listen.

  2. Well worth seeing, in my opinion. There was a review too on the official Soulfly forum from a guy at the Dublin show who said much the same.

    This evening I was singing the lyrics to “Mars” to young Owen. It got him to sleep in no time. I say “singing”, I really mean growling!

  3. I think the sound guy just wasn’t up to it that night to be honest. The guitars were lost in the bass.

    Excellent set from Soulfly though. Playing Roots Bloody Roots about three songs in was surprising, but it shows just how confident Max is with his new stuff.

    Skindred are much, much better when they’re headlining. Benji commands the stage like nobody else I’ve seen.

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