Max Cavalera: mad man, genius, or both? Since Starting Sepultura in the 1980’s, we’ve seen a truly unique technique and sound come from Cavalera. Now in 2012 we see an extension on this sound with the new Soulfly record, ‘Enslaved’ (RoadRunner). The album which was produced by Max and Chris “Zeuss” Harris is truly unique to Soulfly’s sound, in that it has a very different vibe. The nice thing about it though, is that it’s a change, but it’s not so far off in left field and it fits into their catalog, very well.
The album starts out with the track ‘Resistance’ which has a very loose riff at the beginning, with a solid beat behind it. The track then has a spoken word part, along with another guitar part that sounds like it was played through a Digitech whammy pedal. The next track is the first single from the album, entitled ‘World Scum’. This song is very hard to pinpoint, it mixes the traditional sounds of Soulfly, with the sound of more northern European metal vocals. The chorus of the track however sounds like it could be taken off a Testament or Exodus record. The next track is entitled ‘Intervention’ this song sounds like a mix of Pantera, Megadeth, and Cavalera’s former band Sepultura. It also features a short but sweet guitar solo reminiscent of the late Dimebag Darrell. Around the three minute mark the track goes into an awesome sludgy breakdown, reminiscent of Kirk Windstein’s work in Crowbar. The next track ‘Gladiator’ reminded me a great deal of Cavalera’s former band, until the 1:18 mark when the sitar sound comes in. It’s quite odd to hear a sitar on a metal track, but it worked and added a unique aspect to the sound. The next track I took note of was entitled ‘Treachery’. Now this track is a true thrash metal track. The guitars on the track sound like something straight off of a Slayer record. Around the 1:40 mark you get a guitar part that could find it’s self at home on Megadeth’s ‘Holy Wars’.
If you couldn’t tell by Max Cavalera’s other band Cavalera Conspiracy, Max is a family man. This is apparent on the album’s closing track ‘Revengeance’. The song features appearances from Max’s step son Richie Cavalera (of Incite) and Max’s biological sons Igor Cavalera Jr. and Zyon Cavalera.
I’d say that this is one of the best metal albums that is going to be released this year. It’s a true must listen for any head banger.
Check Out The Music Video for ‘World Scum’ Below: