The Song Remains Insane (DVD)
A look inside the world of a one man band
It was only a matter of time that a Soulfly DVD hit the shelves. Let's face it - this is the day and age where anyone can put out a DVD. So why shouldn't a band that is not only fronted by but is also the living breathing philosophy of one of the most well known faces in metal also put out such a product? It's been several months in the making, but when you sit back and watch the whole thing and take in the diversity of footage, you get a bit of an idea as to just how much footage they must have gone through before ending up with the final product.
The departure of Max Cavalera from Sepultura in late 1996 was a pivotal point for both the band and its former founding member. Both would continue on but at that point in time, the level of success for each party's future was suddenly an unknown factor after the huge surge in popularity in Sepultura's career from around the time of the release of Arise. Sepultura continued on after recruiting Derrick Green as a replacement, but it would take over 12 months for Max Cavalera to establish the name for his musical vision. That name was lifted from his guest vocal appearance on the track Head Up on the 1998 Deftones album Around The Fur. His musical future would be called Soulfly - a name whose meaning Cavalera explains in detail on this DVD.
In the 7 years since Soulfly began, they've released four albums and played hundreds of shows around the globe. Other than interviews, we've never been give a real insight into the Cavalera and his view of the band until now. This disc contains rehearsal footage as far back as those early days in 1998 when Logan Mader (ex Machine Head, Medication) was a part of the Soulfly Tribe through to footage from the Primitive, 3 and Prophecy recording sessions as well. Included amongst other background information is Cavalera's story on the decision to use a Serbian orchestra as a part of the recording process for their most recent album as well as sound check and backstage footage. Top that off with all four of their promotional videos (Bleed, Back To The Primitive, Seek 'N' Strike and Prophecy) as well almost a dozen live tracks (which include the Sepultura classics Refuse/Resist, Roots and Attitude) that have been professionally recorded (both visually and aurally) and this is one hell of a comprehensive look into the world of Cavalera and Soulfly.
Perhaps most interesting at all was the peak into the personal and private life of Cavalera and his manager/wife Gloria Cavalera towards the end of the 90 minute DVD. Cavalera openly discusses the “unnatural death” of his step son Dana Wells (who was murdered in the same year Cavalera left Sepultura) and his family life on the road as well as showing some home video footage of his family as well.
The Song Remains Insane leaves no stone unturned with its historical and internal depiction of Soulfly and its leader. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a a fan of Sepultura or Soulfly or both, either a hardcore fan or casual fan, this is definitely one of the more interesting biographical DVDs on the market and it is well worth a look.