Soulfly & Lody Kong – The Limelight 2, Belfast – 10th July 2014

Lody Kong by Marc Leach Photography
Lody Kong by Marc Leach Photography

On Tuesday the 8th of July the world was shaken when the Brazillian football team lost on their home ground to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. However, tonight (Thursday 10th July 2014) one man attempted to cure these blues in the only way he knew how – old school heavy metal! And in my opinion,  the Brazillian King of Metal, Max Cavalera, along with his band Soulfly, certainly delivered.

The day before the concert, it was announced that Lody Kong were to grace the Limelight as the support, and whilst the venue was only partially full during their set it did not stop the four piece from completely tearing the stage apart with their grungy style. What made this band even more special was that it featured two members from the Calavera family, Igor (who took centre stage) and Zyon (son of Max Cavalera) who pounded away on the drums. The youngsters were certainly full of energy as they ploughed through their set – I’d love to know where they get it from!

Soulfly by Marc Leach Photography
Soulfly by Marc Leach Photography

Soon it was time for the adults to take control as Soulfly took to the stage. With a mixture of old and new Soulfly songs, Max and his band of merry men led the (now packed out) venue to an all out war with songs such as, “Seek and Strike”, “Blood Fire War Hate” and a rendition of Sepultura’s “Refuse/Resist” that completely shook the little venue’s foundations.

Rounding off their set with the Sepultura classic “Roots Bloody Roots” and “Jumpdaf*ckup/Eye For An Eye,” Max took the time to have some fun with the crowd by singing “Ole, Ole, Ole” and also leaving the stage and coming back on in a Northern Ireland football top – who ever said that us “big, dirty rockers” can’t have some fun?

All-in-all an outstanding set of performances from both bands. However, the main feature that completely made the show for this reviewer was the thunderous performance from Zyon Cavalera on the drums, who pounded his way through both Lody Kong and Soulfly’s sets.

Check out Paul Verner’s interview with Zyon Cavalera here:

Soulfly head to Whelan’s Bar in Dublin on the 11th July, followed by Fibbers Bar in York on the 12th July before they head off on the European & America section of the “Savages” tour.

About Marc Leach

I am a Northern Irish freelance photography who specialises in music, promotional and event photography.
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