Marc Rizzo

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Marc Rizzo
Cavalera Conspiracy @ McCallum Park (5 2 2012) (6971313373).jpg
Rizzo live in Perth, 2012
Background information
Born (1977-08-02) August 2, 1977 (age 37)
Carlstadt, New Jersey, United States
Origin Sussex County, New Jersey, United States
Genres Heavy metal, flamenco guitar, nu metal, alternative metal, latin metal
Occupation(s) Guitarist, musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass
Years active 1986–present
Labels Roadrunner, Phlamencore, Shrapnel
Associated acts Ill Niño, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, The Misfits
Notable instruments
PRS SE Custom 24 7-string, PRS SE Marty Friedman Signature, B.C. Rich 7 string Stealth, Peavey HP Special, ESP Viper and Yamaha Acoustics

Marc Rizzo (born on August 2, 1977 in Carlstadt, New Jersey, United States) is the lead guitarist of American metal band Soulfly and formerly of Ill Niño. He has featured on six Soulfly albums to date: Prophecy, Dark Ages, Conquer, Omen, Enslaved, and Savages. He has also released three solo instrumental albums; Colossal Myopia, The Ultimate Devotion, and Legionnaire. Marc is also a member of Cavalera Conspiracy, a side project with the co-founders of Sepultura, Max and Igor Cavalera. The band released their debut album Inflikted in 2008 and Blunt Force Trauma in 2011. In March 2015 it was announced that Marc is playing guitar for The Misfits and his debut show with the band to take place at Dutch Comic Con.

While primarily regarded as a metal guitarist, Rizzo's solo work demonstrates an interest in a wide range of styles, combining elements of hard rock, metal, jazz, classical and flamenco guitar. 2007 saw him headline his first US tour to sell out venues across the country. In 2008 Rizzo's two solo records were released under Shrapnel Records and are available on iTunes (

As a former standout athlete in his youth, Marc tirelessly trains with weights/shadow boxing/sprints while on tour. He is known to eat a jar of peanut butter coupled with hard boiled eggs for extreme protein.

Marc Rizzo was endorsed by Peavey and Yamaha, and traveled the world undertaking clinics for Peavey when his tour schedule allowed. Rizzo, as of 2009, is endorsed by B.C. Rich. A signature 7 string Stealth model has been built for him and made available for to the public as an import model in 2010. He has recently been using PRS SE Custom 24 7-string guitars.

In 2004 Marc created the indie Phlamencore Records with younger brother Luke. Since has released two sampler CD's (international distro) and 3 full lengths.

Marc is a huge soccer fan and supports Inter Milan football club, alongside the Italian national football team.

Rizzo is an amateur boxer whom fought in New Jersey (USA) Golden Gloves.

During live shows, Marc is known for his frequent jump-kicks, and was also known for regularly wearing a backpack while playing live shows, although more recently he has stopped this practice. Marc has refused to reveal the contents of the backpack which has led to theories ranging from the bag being empty to containing the souls of his enemies. He is also known for occasionally wearing soccer shirts on stage, such as AC Milan and FC Internazionale. This can be seen at the Download Festival 2004. Marc holds the Guinness Book of World Records for 89 spin kicks in a single show.

Rizzo grew up in Carlstadt, New Jersey,[1] where he attended Henry P. Becton Regional High School.


Committee of Thirteen[edit]

  • Self Titled (2004) (Phlamencore Records)


  • Coretez EP (2003) (re-released in 2011 on iTunes through Phlamencore Records)

Ill Niño[edit]


  • Prophecy (2004) (Roadrunner Records)
  • Dark Ages (2005) (Roadrunner Records)
  • Conquer (2008) (Roadrunner Records)
  • Omen (2010) (Roadrunner Records)
  • Enslaved (2012) (Roadrunner Records)
  • Savages (2013) (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)


  • Marc Rizzo (2004) (Phlamencore Records)
  • Colossal Myopia (2006) (Shrapnel Records)
  • The Ultimate Devotion (2007) (Shrapnel Records)
  • Legionnaire (2010) (Phlamencore Records)
  • Prague (2011) (Phlamencore Records) - digital single
  • Cascades (2011) (Phlamencore Records) - digital single
  • Downside Up (2012) (Phlamencore Records) - digital single
  • Wicked Shattered (2013) (Phlamencore Records) - digital single
  • The Destiny Of Time (2013) (Phlamencore Records) - digital single

Cavalera Conspiracy[edit]

Instructional DVDs with Rock House[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 2007 - Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth (Roadrunner Records) (appears in the intro of Rise Of The Scorned)
  • 2010 - Cloak Dagger - Argila (Phlamencore Records) - digital single available on iTunes
  • 2011 - Benjamin Woods - Vision (Flametal Records) (appears on Quicksilver and Pistolero)
  • 2011 - Cloak Dagger - Cascañata (Phlamencore Records) - digital single available on iTunes
  • 2011 - Practice To Deceive - Dysfunctional Interdependence (Self released)
  • 2012 - Cloak Dagger - Ale' Sofi (Phlamencore Records) - digital single available on iTunes
  • 2012 - Strife - Witness A Rebirth (6131 Records) (appears on In This Defiance)
  • 2012 - Practice To Deceive - Dysorder & Dysease (Self released)
  • 2014 - Flametal - Flametal (Self released)


  1. ^ Gramlich, Barry. "In his free time, Rizzo formed a Committee", The Record (Bergen County), January 28, 2005. Accessed December 18, 2007. "The hardest-working guitar player in the business? Marc Rizzo of Carlstadt is a contender."

External links[edit]

Marc Rizzo's Myspace Page