Guitarist Marc Rizzo has confirmed that he has left SOULFLY and that he is focusing his solo projects.
Rizzo addressed his absence from the SOULFLY trek while chatting with fans on Facebook Live on August 5. He said: “I’m just going full forward with my solo project. It’s just better for me. It’s more of a healthier environment for me and my family. And being home more, and do my solo project, which I’m super stoked about. I’ve also got [my new band] HAIL THE HORNS.
“We’re releasing the video that we did for a KISS cover today. I’ve got REVENGE BEAST. I’ve got ACOUSTIC VENDETTA. Things are good. And I’m doing a lot of good sh*t. I’m going full forward with my solo project. That’s really where my heart is at, where I get my writing credit, where I get credit for my work and all my hard work gets proper credit. It’s a healthier environment.”
Although his exit from SOULFLY was never officially announced, it was revealed yesterday that FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares will be replacing Rizzo for SOULFLY‘s upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off on August 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rizzo has now launched HAIL THE HORNS, a new project alongside bassist Tony Campos (STATIC-X, FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY) and drummer Christian “Opus” Lawrence (DEAD BY WEDNESDAY, ELLEFSON). The trio has recorded a cover of the KISS classic “God Of Thunder”, with Campos handling lead vocals. The track was recorded by Joey Concepcion and Nicky Bellmore (Dexters Lab Studio) and mixed by Matthew Nevitt (Inkei Studios). A lyric video for the track is available below.