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
41 Ratings
41 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!

MRMIKE666

Nope.

Max’s vocals are shot , more electronic keyboard guitar from Mark, plus the whole album will be another vamp album. No content nowadays. Same old sounding garbage. Love Max, but this isn’t it.

About Soulfly

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) and Jackson Bandeira on second guitar (ex-Chico Science), while former Sepultura roadie Marcello D. Rapp rounded out the quartet on bass. Their self-titled debut album was released in the spring of 1998. Besides fronting Soulfly, Cavalera has branched out into other areas usually not associated with heavy metal musicians. He became a much sought-after speaker at music conventions, as evidenced by his appearances at CMJ's New Music Marathon in New York and Holland's Crossing Border Festival, both in late 1997. He also guested on Deftones' breakthrough album, Around the Fur, and signed on to sing a TV commercial for Sprite in his native land of Brazil.

Soulfly's second album, Primitive, was released in the fall of 2000. The album was met with a split reaction, and Cavalera found himself the object of criticism from factions of his fan base. The heavy amount of guest appearances and his preference toward nu-metal lyrics were the main complaints, but Cavalera maintained pride in his work and kept going, hitting the road and touring behind the album. He handled the production for 2002's III, and Soulfly returned again in 2004 with Prophecy. A year later, Roadrunner reissued their self-titled first album as part of the label's 25th anniversary celebration. Soulfly's fifth album, Dark Ages, appeared in October 2005. Continuing his habit of switching up the lineup, Cavalera was backed this time out by bassist Bobby Burns, guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-Ill Niño), and drummer Joel Nunez, who had previously played on Primitive.

In 2007 Cavalera began collaborating with brother and former Sepultura drummer Igor on a project called Cavalera Conspiracy. The duo made its live debut that August as the opening act for Soulfly, and went on to release an album, Inflikted, for Roadrunner in 2008. Soulfly's sixth full-length offering, Conquer, arrived in July 2008 and was quickly followed by 2009's Omen. After the release of their seventh album, the band went through a sting of lineup changes. The first came in 2010 when bassist Bobby Burns announced he was leaving the band; he was replaced the following year by former Ministry bassist Tony Campos. Drummer Joe Nunez also left the band, and was replaced by Borknagar's David Kinkade shortly before Soulfly went into the studio with producer Zeuss to begin work on new material that would eventually become their eighth album, Enslaved, which was released in 2012.

Throughout that year the band toured their own "Maximum Cavalera" package tour featuring three bands all fronted by members of the Cavalera family -- Soulfly, Incite, and Lody Kong. Drummer Kinkade left the band in 2012, announcing his retirement from performance. For the next album, the band moved from their longtime home of Roadrunner Records to Nuclear Blast, and Cavalera's youngest son Zyon took over on drums. The effort, entitled Savages, was produced by Terry Date and released in October 2013.

The band began recording a follow-up almost immediately with producer Matt Hyde. The finished product Archangel, was issued in 2015, and entered the low end of the charts. Their shortest record at just over 36 minutes, it was also their last with bassist Tony Campos; he left to join Fear Factory shortly after the album's completion.

~ Greg Prato

ORIGIN
Phoenix, AZ
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1997

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