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Soulfly – Enslaved – Album Review

Soulfly – Enslaved – Album Review
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Website: www.soulfly.com
Fans Of: Sepultura, Devildriver, Fear Factory
Label: Roadrunner Records
Download This: World Scum
Genre(s): Metal
Release Date: 12/03/12

Max Cavalera and I go back a long way. No, seriously, he and I are like best bros. Sepultura were the first band I ever saw live on the “Roots” tour of 1996. I queued at our local Bridge Records (may its memory rest in peace) for a first day cover edition of “Roots Bloody Roots”, I still have it, a digipak with an embossed stamp of authenticity. I had many of their works on tape and lamented the leaving of our Max, although when Soulfly formed I cheered up. I was briefly the drummer in a Sepultura cover band with three giant Turks. After being bottled off stage several times for wearing Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops, I gave it up. I must admit, after Soulfly’s first album, I started to lose a bit of interest, priorities and things changed and I found myself in other places but I’ve always thought Max to be a powerhouse of metal mayhem.

Enslaved is Soulfly’s eighth studio album and features yet another changed line-up. This time sees input from former Prong and Ministry guitarist Tony Campos and drummer David Kinkade from Borknagar. It’s the drums that really stand out on this record for me as well. Too often nowadays, drummers are so vain they want to make sure you hear every single kick drum hit and in doing so, producers are wont to EQ them in such away that they sound like annoying clicks. It’s like listening to a floor full of secretaries sitting at typewriters in 1963. Well not so here, the drums have got some mighty girth finally! Oh yes, modern producers have lost sight of the reason we drummers use two kick pedals, it’s to give you gut rot and a migraine while the guitarists blow your mind with hypnotic riffage. Young David with the help of producer Zeuss (the father of Gods and Men himself) achieves just that as well, two songs in and I’m reaching for the codeine.

The guitars are monstrous with riffs flying at me like angry Brazilians with Gibson Flying Vs, Max’s voice sounds like an angle grinder on a cast-iron pipe in an expansive underground cave system and the drums make me feel like ten thousand tap-dancing elephants are jigging to gabber on my very soul. Brutal.

There’s something for everyone here, as long as everyone likes a bit of thrash, a bit of death and a bit of groove thrown in with many a guest like Devildriver’s Dez Fafara, there’s even a flamenco flavoured one (“Plato O Plomo”) and a nu-metalesque closing track with much of the rest of clan Cavalera making cameos. A veritable cornucopia of metallic wonderment. That said, it suffers a little from being too schizophrenic and by Max’s standards it’s not amazing. It has a few too many fillers like “American Steel” and “Gladiator”, but it proves to the doubters that Soulfly are still making relevant music and showing the kids how it’s done properly. It’s metal for grown-ups, girthy ones that drink petrol and eat babies and use a sponge made from wire-wool when they have their bath once a decade. I mean come on, clicky bass drums? They are called BASS drums for a reason, ever heard of the brown note?

Track List

1.Resistance
2.World Scum
3.Intervention
4.Gladiator
5.Legions
6.American Steel
7.Redemption Of Man By God
8.Treachery
9.Plata O Plomo
10.Chains
11.Revengeance
12.Slave [Special Edition Bonus Track]
13.Bastard [Special Edition Bonus Track]
14.Soulfly VIII [Special Edition Bonus Track]