When Sepultura released the highly succesful Roots in 1996, the transformation from brutal thrash metal to brutal nu metal shocked many fans, and made a lot of them give up on the band. After Max Cavalera left the band, and ever since, he has continued to spread his mix of thrash and nu metal with Soulfly. Seeing how nu metal isn’t really my bag, I have always sort of ignored them, but I now find this album actually kind of working on me. It’s quite brutal and powerful, reminding me of a lot of other modern day thrash-releases such as those of Kreator and Testament. Since I like that kind of stuff, “Ritual” also works quite good on me. Some songs, such as “Death Behind My Eyes” and “Under Rapture”, thrashes away in extreme brutality, without ever losing the grip. It’s cool and invites to a heavy mosh pit!
Some of the other parts of the album doesn’t have the same strength and has a little too much of the boring early 00’s kind of nu metal-sound. Still, as a whole, this is absolutely listenable and quite good, and makes me reevaluate Soulfly. If you’re into thrash metal but not into nu metal, I advise to take caution but could still give it a shot. You might really like it. Give it a spin and see for yourself!
Label: Nuclear Blast
Date of release: 19/10-18
Stand out tracks: Under Rapture