Soulfly is an essentially a heavy metal band, but thanks to the creative input from its leader, former Sepultura frontman, Max Cavalera, the band has been noted for inventing their very individual genre of "tribal metal". Founded in 1997 it quickly became one of the most acclaimed bands on the heavy metal scene. Musicians are famous for exploring and expanding the boundaries of the genre: their music is often described as thrash metal combining elements of groove metal with aggressive death metal with inspirations from world music such as reggae or bossa nova.
Max Cavalera is adoptive tribal chief of the heavy music community and a man equal parts growling savage, postmodern Bob Marley, cultural revolutionary, music hungry metal fan, American football fanatic, Brazilian football supporter, caffeinated soda fueled lyrical terrorizer, husband, family man, riff-master, and beloved spirit animal to metal fans around the world. Cavalera has sold millions of albums yet walks freely amongst the crustiest gutter punks with unquestionable credibility. No one doubts Max Cavalera’s commitment to the metal cause. (He’s also the guy who once vomited on PEARL JAM’s Eddie Vedder, as detailed in his autobiography.)
The first SOULFLY album went gold in North America. It was a joyful but heavy-as-hell continuation of the innovation established on Max’s final album with SEPULTURA, the acclaimed »Roots«. SEPULTURA’s noisy and raw early work put Brazilian thrash on the map before the breakthrough mastery of »Beneath The Remains« and »Arise«, which was followed by the stripped down the weight of »Chaos A.D.«, an album as beloved by hardcore kids as metalheads. »Roots« helped shape a sound that dominated rock radio for a decade, even as Cavalera went deeper into the extreme.
»Soulfly« (1998), »Primitive« (2000), and »3« (2002) stomped with tribal groove; »Prophecy« (2004) is as unsettling but spiritual as the tombs of martyrs across Europe; thrash-fueled power dominated »Dark Ages« (2005), »Conquer« (2008), and »Omen« (2010). Critics hailed Cavalera’s never-ending supply of riffs all over again with »Enslaved« (2012), and celebrated the fierce vibe of »Savages« (2013). No less than three full-length albums by CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which famously reunited him with his brother and fellow SEPULTURA co-founder, Igor, were also unleashed, all while Max, his family, and their extended family of musicians and crew continuously toured the world.
Like all innovative heroes from any musical genre, SOULFLY crafts anthems for the people. SOULFLY’s tenth studio album is both a celebration of Max Cavalera’s continuing legacy and a brand new masterwork to champion in clubs, theatres and festival stages across the globe. SOULFLY songs like 'Back To The Primitive,' 'Prophecy,' and 'Eye For An Eye' have become every bit as important to the metal community as 'Refuse/Resist' or 'Territory.'
Bursting forth with the perspective, hunger, energy, and determination that can only be forged by three decades as a heavy metal community organizer and champion, »Archangel« is yet another brutal, vibrant, extreme, uplifting, and unashamedly spiritual entry into the SOULFLY canon.
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