Soulfly / Omen


Soulfly are an American heavy metal band formed in 1997. Soulfly are led by former Sepultura guitarist and frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. The band has released seven studio albums, one tour EP, several singles, and one DVD video. Their seventh album Omen was released on May 25, 2010.[4].

Soulfly incorporate many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal and world music. The band has had all six of their studio albums debut on the United States Billboard 200, with a peak position at number 32 for their second album, Primitive.[5] Their debut album, Soulfly, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[6]

The band has gone through numerous line-up changes, with the most recent loss being bassist Bobby Burns, who is currently being filled in for by Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Johny Chow.

The Analysis:

Bloodbath & Beyond—-Barely giving you a second to prepare yourself, the pummeling begin with in the first seconds of the release. This is nice…aggressive and full of a really great drum track, the guitars are a bit pushed to the back of the mix, but the aggression suffers none from that fact. the vocal is gritty and demonic…driven and delivered with a nice sense of purpose. This is stellar.

Rise Of The Fallen—-With a much more pronounced melody line and some nice synth sounds, this song is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The brutality of the band suffers little from the melody thanks to the driven and powerful vocal. This has a nice chorus that inspires risen blood pressure and an enthusiasm I can’t control. This is incredible.

Great Depression—-Again, jumping right into the brutality that is familiar with this band, the vocal is pure spitting and vehemence. This is still loaded with a nice melody line that runs through the song and some nice musical and vocal breaks that make me think of fear factory. This is incredible…I love the slight static that runs through the underbelly of the song…giving it a sound different from anything else of the release. This is great!!!

Lethal Injection—-For me, this is Slayer quality music….the sentiment is just as brutal as anything the iconic band has displayed in recent years. The vocal is remarkable…delivered with a slight disgust and power that sucks you right in. This is still very melodic and carries an immense bass line. I love this stuff…you can’t deny the talent or the brutality…7 releases in, this band just gets better and better.

Kingdom—-Again, from the very onset this has a nice sense of melody and chord changes that keep your attention. Once more I impressed by the drums on this track and wonder why drummers in bands do not get the kind of attention that they deserve. The track has a huge bass line that runs through the entire duration of the song…this is tremendous…delivered with an energy that never ceases and an integrity that speaks for the bands love of this music.

Jeffery Dahmer—-Like Macbre, Soulfly finds it necessary to deliver a tribute to the serial killer from chicago. This is a pure and intense delivery…reminding us if the sickness and the mass hysteria that he produced during his killing spree. This is pretty great though…delivered with an intensity that runs through the entire song and examines the masterful way that this man entranced his victims before destroying them for his own perverse reasons. A nice reminder to be wary of strangers!!!

Off With Their Heads—-This is nicely melodic, but rather simplistic as far as lyrics go. even the band seems to be missing through some of this song. When given the chance to really play, the band comes through though. The bass delivery is fantastic, but this seems like just filler to me.

Vulture Culture—-Coming at you through one headphone for the first dew seconds, the band kicks in and literally kicks your ass. the lyrics are those kind that makes a huge arena crowd go crazy…hands in the air and the mosh pit 15 people deep. This is aggressive, but when the leads kick in with the bass guitar, you have a classic Maiden sounding track that takes you back to the early days of the band. You worry about the vocal…begging him to clear his throat before he has no voice left…istead the brutality continues…leaving you exhausted by the end of the track. Incredible!

Mega-Doom—- Coming out of your speakers and growing louder and louder, the song finally hits a pace with a nice melodic lead and drums that seem to be pushed to the front of the mix. this is nice…aggressive but delivering a fairly accessible sound. The song is accentuated with bit and pieces of soundbites that make things more interesting…meanwhile the vocal continues on as brutal as ever. The song has some really nice musical changes…speeding up and slowing down at what seems like a moments notice…this is well practised band and it shows.

Counter Sabotage—-Delivered in a nice gang style vocal that will make crowds go crazy all overt the world, this was built for those arenas where mosh pits and smashing reign supreme. The vocal is delivered with an intensity that inspires aggression and violence…who in the hell could ask for more. This is superb.

Soulfly VII—-Rounding out the release with the trademark instrumental, the band is able to show exactly what they can do. This is a nice study in magnificent musicianship…the song at times has an almost jazz style to it…at other times it opens up into an almost adult contemporary style that would be accessible on any AOR FM station. This is superb…I could not dislike this even if I tried…this only shows the true talent of the band….magnificent!!!

**** out of 5


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