SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera has posted a four-track demo recording of a new song, entitled "Inflikted (After the Slaughter)", at the band's official web site. The track will be available for preview and purchase from May 1 until June 1.
By allowing fans to hear his work as it is in progress, Max wants give his fans a better idea of how he writes, and he hopes to expand views of both writing and recording techniques. Max has used four-track demos to write out his songs for the last 20 years, and over the course of the recording period, the simple structures captured in these primitive outtakes eventually morph into the complex 48-track recording that eventually hits record shop shelves all over the globe. Often Max records these songs immediately as he is thinking of them, which was the case with this song. In fact, Max was so frantic to get this song to tape that he reversed the pickup on his pair headphones to have something to scream his vox into because he didn't have time to search out a microphone when the vision came to his mind — a technique which, in the end, seems to only add to the aggressiveness of the song.
If you have been following the release of this four-track recording closely, you have probably already noticed that Max has decided to change the working title of the song from "After the Slaughter" to "Inflikted (After the Slaughter)". In the weeks and months to come, it is likely that this song and all of its counterparts that will eventually make it on to the next SOULFLY album at the end of the year will go through many more changes — both in name and composition — and for this album, Max wants his fans to be along for the ride.
Max has decided to allow fans to view his own handwritten lyrics and notes for "Inflikted (After the Slaughter)" as well, and you can view these in each of the pictures here. Proceeds for this song are donated to Doctors Without Borders.