Soulfly's second album, Primitive, was released in the fall of 2000. The album was met with a split reaction, and Cavalera found himself the object of criticism from factions of his fan base. The heavy amount of guest appearances and his preference toward nu-metal lyrics were the main complaints, but Cavalera maintained pride in his work and kept going, hitting the road and touring behind the album. He handled the production for 2002's III, and Soulfly returned again in 2004 with Prophecy. A year later, Roadrunner reissued their self-titled first album as part of the label's 25th anniversary celebration. Soulfly's fifth album, Dark Ages, appeared in October 2005. Continuing his habit of switching up the lineup, Cavalera was backed this time out by bassist Bobby Burns, guitarist Marc Rizzo
), and drummer Joel Nunez, who had previously played on Primitive.
In 2007 Cavalera began collaborating with brother and former Sepultura
drummer Igor on a project called Cavalera Conspiracy
. The duo made its live debut that August as the opening act for Soulfly, and went on to release an album, Inflikted, for Roadrunner in 2008. Soulfly's sixth full-length offering, Conquer, arrived in July 2008 and was quickly followed by 2009's Omen. After the release of their seventh album, the band went through a sting of lineup changes. The first came in 2010 when bassist Bobby Burns announced he was leaving the band; he was replaced the following year by former Ministry
bassist Tony Campos. Drummer Joe Nunez also left the band, and was replaced by Borknagar
's David Kinkade shortly before Soulfly went into the studio with producer Zeuss to begin work on new material that would eventually become their eighth album, Enslaved, which was released in 2012.
Throughout that year the band toured their own "Maximum Cavalera" package tour featuring three bands all fronted by members of the Cavalera family -- Soulfly, Incite, and Lody Kong. Drummer Kinkade left the band in 2012, announcing his retirement from performance. For the next album, the band moved from their longtime home of Roadrunner Records
to Nuclear Blast
, and Cavalera's youngest son Zyon took over on drums. The effort, entitled Savages, was produced by Terry Date
and released in October 2013.
The band began recording a follow-up almost immediately with producer Matt Hyde. The finished product Archangel, was issued in 2015, and entered the low end of the charts. Their shortest record at just over 36 minutes, it was also their last with bassist Tony Campos; he left to join Fear Factory
shortly after the album's completion. ~ Greg Prato