Soulfly with Sweater For An Astronaut & New World Sinner

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
February 16, 2022 - 8:00pm
$25 Advance, $27 Day of Show

            On Wednesday, February 16, 1988 Entertainment Presents Soulfly at the WOW Hall along with Eugene's own Sweater For An Astronaut and New World Sinner.

            After completing a 33-date tour in 2021, metal icons Soulfly are back on the road again and this time stopping in Eugene at the historic WOW Hall!

Over two decades into its storied career, Soulfly continue to engender near cultish zeal with each subsequent album and tour. Led by Max Cavaler on guitar and vocals, the iconic gold-certified quartet cast their spell in bludgeoning riffs, thunderous percussion and menacing growls.  The group’s eleventh full-length, 2018’s Ritual [Nuclear Blast], lived up to the promise of its name with a metallic ceremony of the highest order.

The title proved apropos to say the least.

“I’ve always felt that metal is very ritualistic,” affirms Max. “I also like one word titles,” he smiles.

During 2018, Max and Co. began to prepare this latest body of work. Three years prior, Archangel marked something of a rebirth. Its extreme tendencies engendered unanimous critical praise from the likes of Loudwire, Metalsucks, Metalinjection, Blabbermouth, and more as they toured with Soilwork, Decapitated and many others. Returning from the road, they hit the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Josh Wilbur for the very first time. Drawing on longtime fandom, he immediately clicked with the musicians from behind the board.

“Josh brought a lot of energy to the recording process, and I love his sound,” the frontman continues. “He produced this record as a Soulfly fan. He really made an album that he always wanted to hear.”

Continuing a long tradition of friends and family joining the ceremony, ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’ welcomes Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe into the fray. He and Max lock into a deadly call-and-response that’s as vicious as it is vital.

“The tribal elements of early Soulfly are evident,” exclaims Max. “I feel like we have a good lineup and catchy grooves — it’s good to get back to the grooves!”

Twenty-plus years since their self-titled debut, they maintain an unchallenged spot in true metal’s pantheon. Their legacy spans the gold-certified Soulfly as well as classics such as Primitive, 3, Prophecy, Dark Ages, Conquer, Omen, Enslaved, Savages and Archangel.  Moreover, a tradition of collaboration encompasses some of metal’s greatest team-ups ranging from Chino Moreno of Deftones and Corey Taylor of Slipknot to Tom Araya of Slayer and Todd Jones of Nails. However, Ritual represents a full circle moment for the group. Not only does it mark the band’s two-decade anniversary, but is also the third album to feature Max’s son Zyon behind the drum kit. In the end, the Ritual sees Soulfly at its strongest.

“When you listen to this, I hope you can feel the real meaning of Soulfly and what it means to our Tribe,” Max states. “Soulfly fans don’t have boundaries like many fans of different metal genres, and they can appreciate a variety of styles and spiritual topics. I am very proud of Soulfly after 20 years in the Metal world. Having Zyon on drums is a great feeling. I am passing the torch. Our Tribe is stronger than ever!”

Following the tour in support of Ritual, Soulfly released Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.  After that, down time was spent preparing for the release of the band’s twelfth studio album. The as-of-yet-untitled-record is tentatively scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records.

Max comments, "I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year. We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”




Last here on October 9 for an EP Release Party, Colton Williams and Chris Phillips are Sweater For An Astronaut.  Two of the founding members of Northwest Royale, Chris and Colton have been playing together since October 1992.   Over those years they have completed about a dozen recording projects and done countless tours.

The band’s new release is Corduroy Rocketship, and it has four new songs on it.

“We both share all of the writing and arranging of the songs,” states Chris.  “All of the guitar parts are written by Colton as well as 90% of the lyrics. Colton plays guitar and vocals and I (Chris) play drums.  We recorded this EP as well as the last one (State Of The Dark) -- which came out April 2019 -- at HouseDARK Studios with Engineer Jake LaRoche.”




New World Sinner is an old school metal influenced band that has active since February of 2008.  NWS delivers a thunderous sound in the tradition of Pantera, Slayer, Sepultura, ect. Conbined with the new sounds of such acts as Lamb of God, Chimair and All Shall Perish.  If you are looking for a killer live performance full of energy, then NWS is the band to see.

New World Sinner was formed February of 2008 and, after a lot of lineup changes, settled into their current skins Boots – vox; Lacy Hepner – bass; Shane Hepner - drums, Brian Brown - lead guitar, backing vox, and Raymond Best - rhythm guitar. 

Even with constant lineup changes and a 6+ year hiatus, New World Sinner has still managed to produce a first EP titled E.P. 1.0 in the spring of 2009, and released their 2nd EP 2.0 in September of 2011.  NWS has been featured in several comps, radio shows, and podcasts all over the world.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.

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