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Classic Album Review: Soulfly | 3

The former Supultura frontman continues to honour his brutally heavy roots.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Five things you need to know about this album:

1) Soulfly singer and guitarist Max Cavalera is the former frontman for the legendary Brazilian death-metal pioneers Sepultura.

2) On his third album since departing the fold, Cavalera continues to honour his roots, fusing punishingly heavy rock with his personal, highly opinionated and politicized lyrics.

3) Although the disc doesn’t break much new ground, a handful of these cuts — the jungle-metal stomper Brasil, the anguished Tree of Pain (inspired by the murder of his stepson), a fiery cover of Sacred Reich’s One Nation and the blistering anti-war assault Call to Arms — are standouts in Cavalera’s songbook.

4) Despite (or perhaps due to) all the mayhem, the most striking track turns out to be 9-11-01 — a full minute of dead silence.

5) Even when he isn’t saying a thing, Cavalera knows how to make a statement.