10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brazilian metal legend Max Cavalera returns to his roots on Soulfly’s 11th album, while also pushing to new extremes. Ritual features the ferocious grooves Cavalera first unleashed as leader of Sepultura (“The Summoning”), and even revives the thrash anthems of his youth (“Dead Behind the Eyes”). But it also ups the brutality with the double-bass drum beatdowns of death metal (“Under Rapture”) and hardcore tempos (“Feedback!”). And while Cavalera still roars menacingly as he approaches 50, the real star of Ritual might be his son, drummer Zyon Cavalera, whose mastery of both blast-beat assaults (“Bite the Bullet”) and mosh-ready breakdowns (“Evil Empowered”) gives the album its foundation.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brazilian metal legend Max Cavalera returns to his roots on Soulfly’s 11th album, while also pushing to new extremes. Ritual features the ferocious grooves Cavalera first unleashed as leader of Sepultura (“The Summoning”), and even revives the thrash anthems of his youth (“Dead Behind the Eyes”). But it also ups the brutality with the double-bass drum beatdowns of death metal (“Under Rapture”) and hardcore tempos (“Feedback!”). And while Cavalera still roars menacingly as he approaches 50, the real star of Ritual might be his son, drummer Zyon Cavalera, whose mastery of both blast-beat assaults (“Bite the Bullet”) and mosh-ready breakdowns (“Evil Empowered”) gives the album its foundation.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
49 Ratings
49 Ratings
Peter Steele ,

Max goes back to his “roots”

Ritual is my favorite thrash record since Testament’s Dark Roots of The Earth. Max out did himself, it fits in nicely with his early Sepultura work (Arise, Chaos A.D. & Roots). Truly an instant great!

Schuzach ,

Just Ignore MRMIKE666

Apparently this guy just has a bone to pick with Soufly or something of the sort. This is a great Soulfly album! Max's vocals are far from shot. Seriously, listen to the first track and he belts out some nice screams on top of this harsh vocals. Then listen to Evil Empowered and he does some nice higher pitched screams. The guitars... well they use several different types on this album and like any other album out there they are layered. All in all, this is the strongest Soulfly release in nearly a decade! Not that the albums during that time were bad; they just didn't hit lilke the first handful of albums. It's a nice mix of thrash, black, and groove metal. Do yourself a favor and buy it!

JdevilM ,

Back de f up

Sounding good. But I want that old Soulfly tribal stuff back

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