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Omen

Soulfly

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Album Review

Still going strong after all these years, Max Cavalera returns with another one from Soulfly. Continually pushing the band further away from its nu-metal beginnings, their seventh album, Omen, is like thrash metal comfort food, showing us that sometimes what we really want is a heaping plate of good, old-fashioned, unbridled aggression. In a world where bands like Mastodon are pushing metal into increasingly esoteric directions, it takes an old pro like Cavalera, someone who’s made a career out of blending experimental grooves with meat-headed brutality, to make something that can be both simple and compelling. Cavalera really has the Soulfly formula perfected, shifting things here and there, but always making sure to keep it simple and keep it heavy. Accentuating (or maybe exaggerating) the sledgehammer guitar work is the sheer relentlessness of the album. Joe Nunez’s thundering double-bass drumming tirelessly drives the songs forward. All the other tropes you’ve come to expect from Soulfly are here as well. As always, there are a couple of hard-hitting guest vocalists, this time featuring the Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, who sings on “Rise of the Fallen,” as well as Prong’s Tommy Victor, who takes the wheel on “Lethal Injection.” There’s also Cavalera’s brutally simple lyrics, whose main subject matter this time around seems to be more focused on the apocalyptic than the revolutionary. While a couple of the songs might reach Dethklok levels of ridiculousness (“Bloodbath & Beyond” and “Jeffrey Dahmer” being the main offenders), most of the album stays within an acceptable level of lyrical absurdity. The only real misstep on the album comes by way of the super-smooth “Soulfly VII,” the latest installment of the self-titled song cycle that has once again snuck its way onto the album as a pointless diversion from an otherwise solid collection of songs. Fortunately, the rest of the album makes it easy to forgive Cavalera and company for one useless track on an otherwise excellent album.

Customer Reviews

Straight B....

Okay, so subtley isn't their thing; 3 chord songs with about 4 words are. The songs are not complex and the lyrics aren't poetry, but luckily they do it better than anyone else. The bands sounds great, and Max is still the best vocalist in the genre. However, there are really only a couple, maybe 3, memorable tracks here, and quite a few throw-aways that might have been written during a coffee break (Mega-Doom? Vulture-culture? Jeffrey Dahmer?). A straight B for Max is a failing grade. But after three stunners (Dark Ages, CC's Inflicted, and Conquer) maybe 4 was too much to ask. Solid, but nowhere near their best.

max is still going strong

max c. is 1 of only a few metal gods in my mind yes this might not be the typical soulfly sound but for anybody who has heard old sepultura or nailbomb mr. cavalera keeps cranking out badazz jams. Quit picking him apart and just enjoy it for what it is and thats good old fashioned metal. Also check out "under a pale grey sky" if you haven't already thats sep. live with max c. you will not regret that 4 an instant

A Masterpiece

What can I say. This album is freekin awesome and Max Cavalera is a genius. Down with all the haters.

Biography

Formed: 1997

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Upon his exit from Sepultura in late 1996, singer/guitarist/songwriter Max Cavalera almost automatically set out to form his next musical endeavor, the ultra-heavy Soulfly. Besides leaving one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world, which he'd co-founded in the early '80s, he also had to deal with the unsolved murder of Dana Wells, his stepson and best friend. Using music as therapy to overcome his depression, Cavalera put together a band that included Roy "Rata" Mayorga on drums (ex-Thorn)...
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