Soulfly – Archangel – Nuclear Blast – Release: August 14th 2015.
If there’s one man in metal who doesn’t need an introduction it’s Max Cavalera. Having a career in music that’s longer than the lifespan of many of his fans there seem to be no signs of slowing down for him. Less than two years ago we got the “Savages” album, rather shortly followed by the eponymous debut release of the new super group Killer Be Killed and the third Cavalera Conspiracy album. And now we’re about to see the release of Soulfly’s tenth album!
Max Cavalera – Vocals and rhythm guitar
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar
Tony Campos – Bass Guitar
Straight up: I’m not a fan of Soulfly’s last album “Savages”. I found it to be rather lacking in passion and energy. Luckily the albums with Killed Be Killed and Cavalera Conspiracy more than proved that Max still had it. At the same time it made me anxious for “Archangel”. Would Max still have enough energy left after those two fury fests?
The answer is a resounding FUCK YES! Straight from the opening single “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” we hear a band that doesn’t give a damn and just wants to play fucking metal. There’s no real depth or dignity about it, these guys are here to kick your arse. The songs are full of energy and grooving like hell. Just listening to the title track right now almost makes me bang my head into my keyboard. And besides great groove they added some superb melodies as well, making me wonder if they’re not pulling out the star song too early on.
“Sodomites” puts me at ease, because this song brings me back to the 90s when groove metal was still finding its way. Catchy and heavy as hell, with a superb punkish attitude! This also marks the first guest appearance, a usual Soufly staple, of the album with Todd Jones from the relative young band Nails.
Speaking of guest appearances, the next one is right around the corner with King Parrot’s Matt Young screaming out his lungs on “Live Life Hard!”
“Titans” is an interesting track with its heavy vocal dubbing, perhaps backed with a choir, which reminds me of the more bombastic side of Behemoth of all bands! While most of the song is the usual Soulfly pumped-up fare, it’s these offbeat inclusions that give the track just that much more memorability.
Ending this memorable tenth album is “Mother of Dragons”, where Max is joined by his sons Richie and Igor as well as the highly impressive vocals of Anahid of the Iranian metal band Master of Persia and what a find she is! And with this one last explosion of power ends Soulfly’s tenth album!
It’s been clear for ages that Max Cavalera doesn’t have to make music for fame, glory or money. He’s seen it all and he’s done it all, there is nothing left to conquer. And that makes it even more gratifying that “Archangel” has turned out to be a tremendous addition to his repertoire and there is no other way to end this than with a horrible excuse for a joke; it’s clear that Max has sold his soul to metal and we’re all the richer for it!
- We Sold Our Souls to Metal
- Ishtar Rising
- Live Life Hard!
- Bethlehems Blood
- Mother of Dragons
Score: 4.2 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic