Soulfly
Conquer


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
October 26th, 2008 | 44 replies | 12,740 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Caution: If you are not fully acclimated to brutal music, please contact your doctor before listening to Conquer. Side affects may include; headaches, ear infections, depression and the irresistible urge to headbang.

6 of 11 thought this review was well written

During another one of my lonely days surfing the internet for music, I chanced upon the video for "Unleash" by Soulfly. I'd heard of Max Cavalera several times (he was even featured in a recent issue of Guitar Player) but I had never actually heard him perform. It was a little bit jarring. What I noticed immediately was the extremely guttural and violent vocals. Max's voice almost seemed inhuman. Not to mention the track is played against extremely brutal guitar riffs and jackhammer drums. Not surprisingly Soulfly came across to me as a whole bunch of sociopaths that somehow learned to play musical instruments. However, I was wrong. The interlude of "Unleash" is filled very interesting guitar and back beats that sounded completely different from what I had just heard a minute ago. Intrigued, I decided to delve deeper.

I was not impressed with the first song "Blood Fire War Hate." It seemed like an excuse to use angry words over and over in an attempt to scare the audience. It didn’t scare me, but it just about bored me to death. Fortunately, the rest of the album was better. "Paranoia" had a creepy, edgy, and of course a very paranoid mood. I couldn’t help but look over my shoulder to make sure Max Cavalera wasn’t sneaking up behind me with an axe. From very early on, it’s quite apparent that Cavalera isn’t a very good lyricist but the sheer intensity of his voice (which could give grown men nightmares) more than makes up for it. Then again, people that listen to this kind of music aren’t exactly looking for lyrical depth. If your looking for one of those high IQ deathcore bands go somewhere else, Cavalera cant seem to stay away from words like blood, death, hate and a certain four-letter word.

As you may know, Soulfly is frequently compared to Slipknot (mostly because their in the same genre) but they aren’t very similar at all. For starters, Soulfly doesn’t have a DJ or a sampler like Slipknot, partially because it would be overwhelmed by the guitar. Second, although Jim Root and Mick Thomson are decent guitarists, they do NOT match up to Max Cavalera's level of skill when it comes to making something melodic or anything other than fast. Max's riffing skills on this album are also quite notable (especially in songs like Doom). The only thing similar between these two bands is the extremely talented drummers. Both Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and Joe Nunez can pack a punch. Nunez incorporates an awesome tribal sound to his drums that is very unique to the genre. Pair that up with fast rolls and great flow and you get some very decent sounds.

The guitar throughout is very dynamic. At one moment, it’s comprised of frantic riffing and the next it’s wandering through hauntingly beautiful solos and interludes. Also, unlike many other bands today, Soulfly does not drown out the bass guitar. The interludes are surrounded by dark, depressing bass fills that seem to weigh very heavily on the mood of the song. "Rough" and "Doom" are great examples of this. Another unique feature of Max's playing is his actual guitar. he only plays with four strings! And no, surprisingly it’s not the B and E strings. He's removed the two strings that have the lowest pitch. What’s incredible in the amount of dark, violent riffing he can pull out of the treble strings.

Soulfly's most unique element is its Brazilian roots. Many times throughout the album you will hear congo drums and tribal beats, backing up a plethora of stringed instruments that I have no hope of naming. Vivid examples of this can be heard at the end of "For those about to rot."

Despite the brutal and static lyrical themes and composition Conquer, is a decent album if you’re looking for heavy thrash metal with a little extra flavor.

Recommended tracks:
Unleash
Paranoia
Doom
For those about to rot



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Zippermouth
October 26th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, I tried writing an essay review.
Marksellsuswallets, please let me know if its any good. That is... assuming you read it.

Wizard
October 26th 2008



19208 Comments


For the second time this week, I found myself looking up an album review that did not exist. I find it strange that three months after its release, none of you have reviewed this album. Whatever, I guess it’s up to me to get the word out again...


Lose this irrelevant paragraph.

The interlude of "Unleash" is filled very interesting guitar


filled with*

As you may know, Soulfly is frequently compared to Slipknot mostly because of their the same genre,


because they're in*

Please reread this out loud and get rid of some of the awkward sentences. It will only make you a better reviewer in the end. Glad to see your taking a shot at the essay type of reviews. Keep up the good work.


Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Zippermouth
October 26th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, thanks for the help man. I'll get on that.

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2008



44164 Comments


Pin the tail on the Wizard. I want to hear this because i'm quite the Rizzo fanboy.

Wizard
October 26th 2008



19208 Comments


Pin the tail on the Wizard? hahaha

Zippermouth
October 26th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just wondering...
was it a good review?

Wizard
October 26th 2008



19208 Comments


You described the album fine. Have a vote for a good review.

Zippermouth
October 26th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome! thats mah first one!


bustyagunz
October 26th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

review is fine, but rating is poop. this album is almost really bad, I was gonna review it month agos but it was sooo boring and/or stupid i couldnt finish the review

Edit: Looking back, my sound off is wayyy too generous, lolThis Message Edited On 10.26.08

Burn2Burn
October 26th 2008



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah it's quite good.

DeathThrashProg
October 26th 2008



500 Comments


great review, well done.
just fix this:

I'd heard of Max Cavalera times

I'd heard of Max Cavalera several times

SKUDstorm
October 26th 2008



136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm missing the whole part as to Soulfly being brutal? also this is a terrible album, mind you still better than slipknot.

kygermo
October 27th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

if youve never really encountered max cavalera, then go to SEPULTURA!!!!!!! first. This Message Edited On 10.27.08

Asiatic667
October 27th 2008



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh, I can

DeathThrashProg
October 27th 2008



500 Comments


if youve never really encountered max cavalera, then go to SEPULTURA!!!!!!! first.

whos that aimed at?

Spamue1G
November 1st 2008



1292 Comments


Great review, but

(mostly because their in the same genre)

is unnecessary and a typo. It should be 'they're', but that's not a major issue. You didn't need to compare the band to Slipknot so much either, but apart from that, it was a very good review, much better than your most recent one. Nice work!

Bleak123
November 1st 2008



1902 Comments


As you may know, Soulfly is frequently compared to Slipknot (mostly because their in the same genre) but they aren’t very similar at all.

what? I've never seen anyone compare Slipknot to Soulfly until now. They are as you say completely different. Although both are under the collective title of metal, I wouldn't say they were the same genre.

Sabottheory
November 1st 2008



355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm fan of Soulfly - this album is great, but I'd rather listen to Prophecy or Dark Ages ^^

Zippermouth
November 1st 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You've never heard anyone compare Slipknot to Soulfly??? Where have you been!!!

taylormemer
November 1st 2008



4913 Comments


Well, because they aren't really alike that's why... It sounds like you're trying to compare them simply because Corey Taylor appeared on the awful song Jumpdafuckup.



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