The Hardcore Thrash-Metal act, Soulfly formed from the ashes of Sepultura, a band with a storied history that dates back to mid-'80s Brazil. Max Cavalera formed the group as a teen-ager and stayed on for nearly 15 years, until internal tensions and management disputes, Cavalera married Sepultura manager, Gloria Bujnowski, who was more than twice his age, splintered the band into various factions. Cavalera then moved on, forming Soulfly in 1997, in Los Angeles, California USA; the band's first line-up included Jackson Bandeira on second guitar, Marcello Dias on bass and drummer Roy 'Rata' Mayorga.
In April of 1998, they released their eponymous debut effort which featured guest appearances by Chino Moreno from Deftones, Fred Durst and DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit, Eric Bobo from Cypress Hill and Burton C. Bell, Dino Cazares and Christian Olde Wolbers from Fear Factory; the album crashed into the The Billboard 200 chart peaking at #79 and stormed many European charts.
After several changes which included the addition of guitarist Mike Doling and drummer Joe Nunez, Soulfly's second album, "Primitive", arrived in September 2000, it reached the #32 position on the American Billboard Top 200 list.
The group then embarked on an extensive international tour; a year later Nunez left the band, Mayorga took over the drum chair and shortly after some American dates with Static-X and Soil, in early 2002, Cavalera and company returned back to the studio for their next album, "3", which was released that summer; it climbed into the top 50 of the U.S. Billboard Top 200, reached the top 30 in Australia and also had significant chart success in Europe.
Roy Mayorga exited in September 2003 and Dias also left the group. Nunez returned to the fold and a year later Cavalera was joined by former Ill Niño guitarist Marc Rizzo and by bass player Bobby Burns; they were in place in time for the sessions for "Prophecy"; the band's fourth album made a mid-chart appearance peaking only at #82 on The Billboard Top 200 chart.
Preceded by the single "Carved Inside", Soulfly's "Dark Ages" was released in October 2005, the CD reached #155 on The Billboard 200 and quickly disappeared from the chart.
In early 2008, Max Cavalera partnered with his brother Iggor in Cavalera Conspiracy, releasing "Inflikted". At the same time, he managed to write and record "Conquer", the sixth Soulfly album which peaked at #66 in U.S. spawning the Metal radio single "Unleash".
Two years later the quartet put out "Omen"; Cavalera fueled this album with the same blood, fire and spirit that made him a genre icon with all his projects. Heralded by the single "Rise Of The Fallen", the disc debuted at #73 on The Billboard 200 and spent only one week on the chart.
Soulfly's next album, "Enslaved", came out in March 2012 reaching #83 on The Billboard 200. The band's line-up now included bassist Tony Campos, formerly of Static-X and drummer David Kinkade, alongside frontman Max Cavalera and Marc Rizzo.
In the spring of 2013 the band left their longtime home of Roadrunner Records and signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Savages", the group's ninth studio album and first to feature Cavalera's son Zyon who replaced Kinkade, was released in September 2013.