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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.

soufly enslaved


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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