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Max has gone back to the primitive...,
This review is from: Dark Ages [Limited Edition Digipack] (Audio CD)
Max Cavalera has gone back to the primitive (if you’ll pardon the pun) and created an album which is very much inspired by his roots (again, pardon the pun.) This album sees Cavalera going back to his glory days of Sepultura and Nailbomb, writing downtuned bottom string riffs reminiscent to those off his most successful albums. An example of this is track five, ‘Arise Again’. The clue is probably in the title. Obviously inspired by Sepultura’s ‘Arise’ era, thrash riffage, gang vocals and with a hauntingly melodic guitar solo. Another stand out track is ‘I and I’. Yet again a full paced thrash anthem with heavy breakdowns for those mosh pit maniacs. In this track you get a full mix of what Soulfly is about, the heaviness, the trademark Max Cavalera shout and the instrumental. It’s like having bread without butter. On this release however the butter has been scraped on and scraped off. There’s significantly less of it on the Dark Ages’ predecessor, Prophecy. A clever move, I must say. Even myself, the most dedicated of Soulfly fans, finds the instrumental experimentations tedious. There is just one totally instrumental track, which is entitled ‘Soulfly V’. These are almost a tradition now on Soulfly albums, so it is forgiven. On the limited edition album you also get three bonus tracks. Two of which are live versions of ‘Seek ‘n’ Strike’ and ‘Prophecy’.
For the first time in Soulfly’s history, Cavalera has kept the same line up for two albums running. His second clever move. This is probably showing promise, as this is their best album since their self titled debut back in ’98. It shows that if a band are playing together long enough, they can work well together and produces monster records such as this.
Be sure to check them out on tour in January and February of next year for an unmissable live show.