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  SOULFLY
'Enslaved'
(Roadrunner)
Release Date: 13th March 2012


Daryl Soar

daryl soar



Are you a Soulfly fan? Then you will probably like this album. The production values are high and the mix is good – as should be expected from a band with this depth of experience.

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From beginning to end, one thing that is beyond doubt is the passion of the message. The vocals match the brutality of the riff changes in a way that lets you know they are absolutely heartfelt. An album about slavery has obviously been boiling for some time as this spleen venting tirade proves. The vocal lines are at times predictable but always convey the fury behind Max's message.

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The songs mix straight and swing thrash rhythms. The way the riffs are joined together actually takes me back to early Sepultura and riff-glue masters like Death Angel. Compromise in the way the songs have been put together is non-existent, which may be just what you are looking for, but I feel it has come at the cost of song writing.

The riffing typically chops between swing and straight feel, drops to half time or doubles up without introduction or warning. It made the first listen through a quite jarring experience at times although tapping along proved the changes were metronomic in their precision.

The best track is 'Plato O Plomo' which moves fluently between riffs and sounds consistently like the same band. The lyrics are not in English but I doubt they're radio safe. Acoustic guitar offsets the Metal rhythm and instils a Latin feel without ever feeling contrived.

Overall the album is good and despite some exceptional guitar work never takes that final step towards being fantastic. If you don't own any Soulfly then this is practically as good an intro as any.

27.2.12




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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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