Soulfly
Soulfly


3.5
great

Review

by ironman4444 USER (7 Reviews)
December 31st, 2006 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Ya, I’m the first one to write a review on the Soulfly album and let me tell you its really good especially the first half of the album. I bought this CD with two other CDs (Chimaira and Rage against the Machine) at HMV a few days ago. Sure, it was a lot but it has two CDs and it’s a fast paced in your face (pardon the rhyme) metal album.


Band Members- Max Calavera- Throat, guitar and additional percussion
- Marcello D.Rappa- Bass
- Mikey Doling- Lead Guitar
- Ray Mayorga- Drums

Now onto the music, the album starts with a bang in Eye for an eye. Max’s harsh vocals, Mikes interesting riffs and Rays accents make the song a smash start to the album. The album paces itself with the songs No Hope = No Fear and Bleed. While No Hope = No Fear featured more of what was on the previous track, being Palm muted guitars with Max’s harsh screams in the verses and short and simple choruses Bleed featured Fred Durst? WHAT?! Well any ways Bleed still proves to be a good song going to what seems like Nu-Metal almost (But of course this going to happen) with Fred rapping. The next few tracks offered just the same thing but with less appeal with the exception of a few groovy riffs and the tribal influenced drums the songs couldn’t compete with the start of the album. Though in Bumba Max takes a different approach by adding some Portuguese in the lyrics, but still Max’s screams get lazier and worse in every track even unbearable at times. The track Soulfly (yes, there’s a song that’s the same name as the band) brings the album a new look, not only as a instrumental track but also shows the tamer side of Soulfly, also it gives the listeners a break from Max’s vocals with progressive like guitar riffs and the gentle tapping of bongos the song takes you to paradise. The following track Umbabaruma keeps them coming with a pumped up chorus the song will have you out of your chair head banging. The songs become more and more equal as the album goes, Fire and No give excellent instrumentation with some good lyrics from Max, and also I quite like Max’s screams in both songs. Prejudice is an odd track, the song features many different artists singing with Max from different genres, an interesting idea. On the other hand Karmageddon was a complete bore fest and was unwise to set it as the album closer, as the second instrumental Soulfly was much better while this track was basically just Ray doing the same fill over and over again and not at any significant pace either.

How was the band? The band was excellent, the guitars are creative interesting and surprisingly are hardly ever repetitive, Ray is superb and shows the most consistency of any member of Soulfly, the bass is hard to hear at times but remains to be respectable while Max uses an at times nasty scream and usually just doubles up Mike on guitar, I would defiantly like to see more from Max. Though I said the guitar is hardly repetitive the guitar is usually repetitive during the end of songs making the songs blend which is not good. Sometimes the instrumentation is flat and only accented by the drums adding to the blending of songs.

In Conclusion Soulfly have created a solid peace of music but they can defiantly use improvement by adding a few accents and maybe adding Max’s clean voice. The consistency of the album is another issue as the beginning seems to give more appeal than rest of the album because of some of lesser tracks in the middle and that’s a shame. Besides that the album was a hit with me and I recommend it to thrash and metal fans since it’s a brutal head bangger.



Recommended tracks:


Eye for an Eye
No Hope = No Fear
Bleed
Soulfly
Umbabaruma



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ironman4444
December 31st 2006


276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sry for the weirdness, im fixing it.

Hatshepsut
December 31st 2006


1997 Comments


No paragraphs weirdness?

ironman4444
December 31st 2006


276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok its fixed, some of the sentences got mixed up.



Neoteric
January 1st 2007


3243 Comments


Might want to fix up that one big paragraph.

Wizard
January 1st 2007


20114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not too shabby of a review, but paragraphs do help for future reference. This is hands down their best cd to date, and much better than the latter half of Sepulturas stuff.

rata
January 1st 2007


14 Comments


sorry, but the drummer's name is Roy and not Ray.

i love the track called "tribe" and "prejudice" which featured Benji webbe of Skindred(he was still in dubwars when the song was made though)

ChrisWyatt
September 5th 2007


89 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its actually Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head) on guitar. mikey joined soon after for most of the touring and subsequent albums, but Logan tracked this one dude

Aftermath
February 13th 2008


16 Comments


Sucked.

72haha72
October 1st 2008


476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just bought it... don't ask, I just did...



It's certainly enjoyable, but I'm no longer 14 so... meh

Wizard
October 1st 2008


20114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Besides the lyrics, this is one of the few highlights of Max's career.

72haha72
October 2nd 2008


476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are some fun songs, the rhythmic work is fairly entretaining. But after track 7 it gets very boring, plus I don't love the whole tribal thingThis Message Edited On 10.01.08

Wizard
October 2nd 2008


20114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The tribal thing is what Max tried to do on Sepultura's Roots and failed miserbly. He got it right on this album. And the best tracks off this are around the end of the album. 8-14 feature some of his most diverse music to date.

fireaboveicebelow
October 2nd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I checked out this and 3 and I liked this but hated 3, what should I get next/

Wizard
October 2nd 2008


20114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Primitive or some of Max's older stuff with Sepultura.

ianjulian
July 9th 2009


642 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

max and chino is chido

KTV
August 25th 2009


760 Comments


tribe wins

SlaveNewWorld
December 11th 2009


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No one cares if you like it or not.

This is a nu-metal/tribal classic. Period.

gutturalmaster
January 12th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A bit of a let-down, when you're used to Max when he was with Sepultura

Dryden
January 12th 2010


13555 Comments


you need to stop this madness

Paul H.
September 26th 2010


56 Comments


Jackson Bandeira played on this album, not Logan Mader



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