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  SOULFLY
'Savages'
(Nuclear Blast)


Anne Johanna

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Eight albums later, Soulfly release their ninth longplayer, 'Savages'. Introducing ex-Sepultura man Max Cavalera's son Zyon on drums, it may well be one of their heaviest albums yet.

As a way of background to the album, Cavalera has talked about the current state of the human condition; how we are supposed to be a sophisticated, intelligent society but still we find ourselves warmongering and living in a world of corruption. OK Max, the ideology is there but what about the music?

The album kicks off with 'Bloodshed' which also features Zyon's brother Igor. The track has a nice grindy texture to it with a faster, almost a hard rock-like chorus. Back to basics thrash follows with 'Cannibal Holocaust', whilst 'Fallen' features some nice rhythmic changes with Tony Campos' (ex-Static X) basslines adding to the heaviness of the track.

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But to avoid things getting boring, these are followed by the ridiculously titled 'Ayatollah Of Rock'n'Rolla'. At a whopping 7½ minutes long, it is a hard-driving, smouldering number, with guitarist Marc Rizzo providing snarling, vicious blasts of six string wizardry. The track also has Neil Fallon of Clutch on guest vocals/narration, and the man does not disappoint providing his usual dependable performance.

For those searching for any remnants of Brazilian indigenous music and world music in general from this album, 'Master Of Savagery' may bring some satisfaction with itsoutro of percussion work from Cavalera Junior, the track itself being pretty standard metal.

'Spiral' consists of two parts with grinding heavy guitars to start before changing pace just over halfway to an even heavier, groovy, swampy rock. Sadly, 'This Is Violence' does not really add anything to the proceedings and 'K.C.S.' only really raised my curiosity when I heard that Mitch Harris of Napalm Death was on guest vocals.

Harris' screaming vocal style in dialogue with Cavalera's growls seems to be the only selling point for this track as otherwise it really does not have much to offer.Cavalera sings the entire 'El Comegente' in Portuguese. The track starts as a bog standard blast of metal but transforms into a simple acoustic jam after five minutes. The final track 'Soulfliktion' is a fastheadbanger of a beast, an awesome album closer.

The album was produced by Terry Date, who earned his credentials from work with the likes of Pantera, Deftones and Soundgarden. 'Savages' sounds BIG. Staying true to the purer, straight-up metal sound they have had since 'Dark Ages', it is pleasing to hear that the band haven't completely abandoned beat samples and interesting rhythmic interludes.

Despite falling into slightly uninteresting territory in the middle of the album, this is a solid enough Soulfly album with some gems ('Bloodshed', 'Fallen', 'Soulfliktion'), and includes some standard thrash tunes with a groove which should keep the fans happy. Personally, I would have liked to hear Soulfly's Brazilian heritage mixed in more explicitly, but all in all, 'Savages' ain't no bad effort at all.

'Savages' is out now as a limited edition digpack CD, 2LP vinyl and digital download.




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21.10.13







WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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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