Soulfly - Enslaved (Roadrunner Records) ****1/2
Over the years, Soulfly, always managed to combine metal with a variety of other influences. It often made things very interesting, and made the band very multi-dimensional. "Enslaved" however is a very angry album. It is just pure metal, with a little ethnic touch. Somewhat similar to what Sepultura did on "Roots," but here I am again referring back to the "S" word.
"Enslaved" is just filled with incredible energy, galloping riffs and rhythms. Each song is like a solid punch, and since the album is 11 tracks long, it's safe to say you do take a beating. The material here is very focused. The band stays heavy at all times, and even the slower parts are very energetic. It seems like Max Cavalera had completely refreshed himself, and is back to give the audience some tribal metal. No wonder, he's been appearing in photos with a Possessed t-shirt. It all spells metal!
Soulfly has come a long way since its forced inception. "Enslaved" is a dream come true metal record. It has very memorable songs, many which will become classics on stage, and will probably grace the band's set list for years to come. The band's performance here is just spot on. At times, a little bit predictable yet extremely powerful. Drummer, David Kinkade, is like an unstoppable machine, just pushing each rhythm forward with full vengeance. Max Cavalera's vocals still can shake the foundations, and his riffing is just brutal!
"Enslaved" is dark, brutal, melodic, but above all very tasty. It's hard to believe Soulfly had so much stamina, but they did, and the result is spectacular! Whether you were a Sepultura fan, or a Soulfly fan, you'll agree this is a monumental release from Max Cavalera and the crew!