Soulfly
Savages


4.5
superb

Review

by Tunaboy45 USER (12 Reviews)
October 31st, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 10/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On this album Soulfly are firing on all cylinders and yet I believe the best is to come.

When I found out that Soulfly were releasing a new album, I had mixed feelings. Joy, because I love Soulfly but also worry because it's only been a year since the fantastic 'Enslaved' and there's nothing worse than a rushed album.

And as soon as I heard the album, my worries were put to rest. Here, Soulfly deliver 12 songs (Well, the final track is an instrumental, and it isn't exactly metal) of unrelenting brutality, and I feel stupid for ever doubting them. The album opens with the equivalent of a nuclear blast (See what I did there?) in the form of 'Bloodshed' a 6 minute long tour de force featuring Max's brother Igor Cavalera. Max's vocals are on particularly brutal form. He sings about war (Bloodshed) and just simply about how he hates the world. (F*ck Reality.) Max's son Zyon is on the drums and he does a fine job of living up to Soulfly's predecessors and Tony's bass works in perfect harmony with the guitar, making for some groovy moments.

Some of the best tracks are when Max stops shouting and lets his death metal side out, with some fantastic death growls. 'Fallen' is a perfect example of this and it's a shame that there aren't more moments like this on the album. 'Ayatollah Of Rock N' Rolla', as silly as the title may be, is a fantastic song, featuring Neil Fallon of Clutch. A negative is that the lyrics aren't fantastic, but they aren't cringe worthy either.

So with all things considered, this album definitely lives up to its name. While it doesn't reinvent the genre, it's not as if it has to. This release paints a promising picture for the future and it seems that the only way from this point is up.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album. The review is well written, and for that you get a pos from me, but I can't help but feel that you could have gone into more depth about the album's sound. For that reason it reads like a really short review.

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Tunaboy45
October 31st 2013


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah sorry about that :/ Next time I'll go in depth about the sound and make it longer.

Puckoff
October 31st 2013


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome. I also agree that Max should use his death growls more.

Tunaboy45
October 31st 2013


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yep

trainofconsequence
November 1st 2013


1442 Comments


Fucking amazing album

BlackLlama
November 1st 2013


1706 Comments


I'll have to check this out, never been a huge Soulfly fan however.

Tunaboy45
November 1st 2013


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If you're into groove meal with a bit of death metal you'll like it.

ScuroFantasma
November 1st 2013


2428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still prefer (old) Sepultura to this, but it's a great disc nonetheless

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DatsNotDaMetulz
November 2nd 2013


1848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wrong Igor. Iggor is the brother, the one on Bloodshed is Igor A. Cavalera, Max's other biological son/Zyon's younger brother.

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I sometimes get them confused. Sorry -_-

BlackLlama
November 3rd 2013


1706 Comments


Will check this out today for something different. I do enjoy me some groove metal...



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