Prophecy (Roadrunner Records)
By: Mike SOS
Talk about a rebirth. The latest installment from Max Cavalera and crew, also known as Soulfly, is a scorching return to the band's multi-flavored roots. Wheeling out the best work since he left Sepultura, Prophecy's first five tracks are instantaneous headbanging classics, as the bass grooving title track, the adrenaline rush known as "Living Sacrifice", the Nailbomb-esque "Execution Style", the pit stomp of "Defeat U" and the frenetic "Mars" stand alongside the most aggressive tunes Cavalera has ever recorded, complete with seething lyrics, chugging riffs, and rapid fire drumming. But, it's not all heavy here, folks; the middle part of "Mars" breaks into a flamenco style guitar solo, showcasing a stark contrast to the outfit's slash and burn style while accentuating the overall growth the band has undergone. From there, everything from the jazzy salsa interlude that starts the death punk anthem "Porrada" to a surprising cover of Helmet's "In the Meantime" can be found on this 12-track release, which makes it quite evident that Soulfly is back with a vengeance. If you like tribal metal (the genre which Max is a forefather of), then Prophecy is the new template by which other bands will be measured.
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