Soulfly
Omen


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
April 21st, 2011 | 43 replies | 2,843 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While there is nothing new by Soulfy’s standards, this is a more interesting and positive release made by the ‘nu-thrashers’.

Metal veteran Max Cavalera adds a few interesting surprises and shows that there is still something left in the tank. Omen is still Soulfly to the core, the chugged riff lines touched with the usual groove feel, Cavalera’s usual rough vocal linings (now a trademark to the records Max has helped produce in his career) gruff and yelled are in no way missing from this effort. When compared to the bands other works, Omen does show some levels of improvement. For what it is Soulfly’s seventh release is more diverse then the other efforts (as far as Soulfly goes) but still has all the elements of a typical Soulfly album, this time around however there is the positive inclusion of more noticeable lead guitar work layered throughout the album. This maintains a higher level of the listeners’ attention and makes it an easier listen. The troop of Soulfly has learnt it seems to mix different elements into an album rather than display non-stop chugging which may not be entirely a good thing.

Tracks on Omen exhibit the same rough formula but unlike other Soulfly albums these tracks display a higher level of writing style, musical ability and a better use of creative ideas in a more mature and cohesive manner. On a positive note is the inclusion of the instrumental track on each album, in true Soulfly fashion they don’t let the listener down, and reinforcing the listeners’ attention on a very tasteful instrumental track.

Also of note is the fact that Omen was released in a ‘Deluxe Edition’ with a bonus DVD and three extra tracks and while they do not have the same punch as the rest of the album they make for a steady listen. The first of the bonus tracks ‘Four Sticks’ is another instrumental including a layered lead guitar line over some typical, driving riff and rhythm work, in no way is it overly impressive but does display some strong ideas. Most metal enthusiasts would know the next bonus track being Sepultura’s ‘Refuse/Resist’ and while slightly modified and modernised to suit Soulfly’s slightly different playing style compared to that of Cavalera’s efforts with Sepultura. The modernised sound does not take too much away from the track and also reinforces the extra money one would spend to purchase the deluxe edition of the album. The album as a whole has a high replay ability level and maintains its value well. The DVD includes a live performance with various songs from Soulfly's career.

While not stepping out of them-selves Soulfly have released a high quality album but they have not blown the metal community away. There is still room for improvement but Soulfly shows that they are still able to release tasteful and quality music. Soulfly display a readiness to unleash music of a higher quality. The band also show they are not making records for the sake of making records, compared to other releases this is a positive step for the ‘nu-thrashers’.



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Wizard
April 21st 2011



19240 Comments


still has all the elements of a typical Soulfly album, this time around however there is the positive inclusion of more noticeable lead guitar work layered throughout the album.

Agreed in full even though this band doesn't interest me anymore. Your reviews are to the point and I enjoy that quite a bit. Keep up the good work.

Digging: Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts

jayfatha
April 21st 2011



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules
The review is pretty good too, have a pos

Maniac!
April 21st 2011



26246 Comments


"While not stepping out of them-selves Soulfly have released a high quality album but they have not blown the metal community away."


'Themselves' is one word.


Great review though.



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2011



6941 Comments


Sorry my spell checker doesn't like themselves. Will fix

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2011



6941 Comments


Thanks for the feedback wizard. Hope you will keep reading

thumbcrusher
April 22nd 2011



3582 Comments


great review dude, pos

i only have soulfly album (dark ages) but i really enjoy so o might get this or prophecy

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


Get prophecy then this. Its a fair bit better than this i feel. Thanks for the pos.

Tyrael
April 22nd 2011



20740 Comments


Very nice review Ipod, keep up the good work.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


Thanks man. Really do appreciate it. I'm racking up the review count with this one

Butkuiss
April 22nd 2011



4110 Comments


Definitely an improvement on your last review. You're showing some progress here! Communication of ideas is clearer and more fluid than before, and your proofreading has improved considerably, so good work! Have a pos.

As for review ideas, you could have gone into more detail in places about the sound/etc., but sometimes shorter really is sweeter. It's all about finding the mix that works for you. Anyway, good work!

Darkvoid67
April 22nd 2011



383 Comments


Good review. This album was so much better than Conquer

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


Thanks guys. Thanks for the votes.

dimsim3478
April 22nd 2011



4740 Comments


Another great iPod review. Pos'd.

Digging: My Psychoanalyst - Choreomania

asaf
April 22nd 2011



885 Comments


nothing beats the s/t. got into primitive and 3 but stopped buying them after that and never listened to another album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


Seems I'm starting to receive some notice. Thanks dimsim. I still don't think I'm doing anything overly special.

relativeworld
April 22nd 2011



289 Comments


Happy to see the dam blocking your writings has been broken. 4 reviews after your writers block, I believe.
The review made me want to give it a spin!


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


Yep, tis number two review in 13 hours and i have m
ore coming but i don't put them all up at once. Give it a go and tell me what you think

kangaroopoo
April 22nd 2011



3175 Comments


Agree the song writing is improved on this

Saw a Jeffrey Dahmer doco on tv last weekend, just a little depraved

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011



6941 Comments


That's a little random kangaroo lol

kangaroopoo
April 22nd 2011



3175 Comments


I thought of this album when I saw that serial killer doco



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