Review: Soulfly – ‘Ritual’

“Are you judging my morals and my lack of faith?” asks Cavalera in his inimitable sinister growl. Not a man to be fucked with. The incredible tribal percussion returns on ‘Blood On The Street’. The fleeting “gentler” intro quickly disappears as all hell breaks loose halfway through. You’ll find lots of tempo changes throughout, some spoken word, and a killer Max Cavalera performance as he screams “The scales of justice don’t care”. ‘Bite The Bullet’ sees Soulfly mixing it up and getting more ‘rootsy’, the Latin-tinged drum breaks are spot on and work really well. ‘Feedback!’ is the greatest tribute to Motörhead… ever! Lemmy will surely be raising a glass or two at this one. Ending on the chilled out instrumental ‘Soulfly XI’ (complete with some smooth sax!), ‘Ritual’ features Soulfly as brutal as ever. More eclectic than the last few albums, but still as brutal as ever. A special mention must go to the exquisite cover artwork. Stunning, simply stunning. Available now on Nuclear Blast. Review: Oli Band image on header: Char Tupper]]>

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