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Soulfly: Archangel Review

Soulfly: Archangel Review

A lot of people seem to think that writing a review for an album is easy, you listen to the album and say what you do or don’t like about it and that’s it! But that ladies and gentlemen is generic and boring, the key to a good review is to make it as original and unique as the album you’re writing the review for! Sometimes the words flow out onto the page like a river of knowledge, other times you have grind and shape words into formation.  Keep in mind at the end of the day the final result is the key, even if it is a lot of hard work!

Speaking of “Hard Work” I don’t think that there is any one in the metal genre that works harder than the original voice of Sepultura “Max Cavalera”, sorry Corey Taylor! Max is without doubt a nonstop metal machine that’s about to reach its highest gear, being involved in not two but three metal giants (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed). Now a lot of you reading this will be thinking to yourselves “How is Max able to pull this off?” You’re thinking it aren’t you! Oops I’m breaking the fourth wall and getting off track! The answer is simple though, when you’re dedicated to making killer music it’s an easy thing to do.

Soulfly

The evidence of that dedication is right here on Soulfly’s new album “Archangel” which is the bands 10th album since their 1998 self-titled debut, and is just as brutal as it is heavy! Just take a look at the lyric video for the opening track “We Sold Our Souls To Metal”. I’ll get another cup of coffee while you watch:

Man doesn’t that make you want to just go crazy in the circle pit? Or at least throw up the horns and head bang until your hearts content in your own house?

Archangel is the final album to feature former Static X bassist Tony Campos who left the band after the albums completion and joined Fear Factory. Igor Cavalera Jr will be on bass duties commencing on the “We sold our souls to metal tour” which kicks off on September 30 in the U.S.!

All in all “Archangel” is another relentless and killer release from Soulfly, It’s also the bands shortest with a 36:38 (Thirty Six minute Thirty Eight second) run time, BUT it is nothing short of brutal.

Archangel is out now through Nuclear Blast Records…

Keep it hard, Keep it heavy, Keep it Underground!
Jase L Herbert

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August 22nd, 2015

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