4.0 out of 5 stars
Back To The Primitive, 1 Oct 2005
Max Cavelera has received both criticism and praise for the work he has done with Soulfly. For the old-schoolers, Maxs decision to leave Sepultura ruined a ground breaking band that still had a lot of potential. For the nu-metallers, Soulfly was a band created by one of the Godfathers of the Thrash metal scene, and therefore couldnt be anything but fantastic. This album, their fifth, finally has fallen snugly into the very tight space between keeping the older Sepultura fans mildly happy and yet also 'keeping the faith' with the newer Soulfly fans. It cannot be denied, although I'm sure several people will anyway, that tunes like Babylon give a certain 'tip of the cap' to Chaos AD. There are even a few lyrics, that make you stop and press the rewind button for verification. "Who has won?..." on the anti-war song 'Frontlines'(Beneath The Remains anyone?). With rumours abound of a Sepultura reunion, are we being led back towards the old song writing style? Carved Inside has the fast, yet detailed approach to guitar playing that has been missing from Maxs playing since Arise. Which leads to yet another song title, 'Arise Again'. For Soulfly fans, this a darker album than previous releases but has more substance for thought. For Sepultura fans, should a reunion happen, we know for sure that Max could supply the goods. Arise Again?! Two ton, Max, TWO TON!!