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  • Audio CD (March 13 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B006YTYIXG
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2012 album from the Metal band led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera. Soulfly incite a musical uprising on Enslaved, their eighth album. Ever since the band's gold-certified debut in 1998, Soulfly have become deadlier and more dangerous with each critically acclaimed successive release, but Enslaved sees them roaring like never before. This time around, the heavy metal tribe treads extreme territory by incorporating blast beats, violent riffs and wheezing whammy squeals into its patented groove-driven war cry. All of those elements converge within a concept record about slavery a first for Cavalera.


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I'm a long time fan of Max Cavalera's work from Sepultura to Soulfly to Cavalera Conspiracy. I'm usually skeptical about Soulfy as Max tends to do experimental stuff rather than regular death metal, such as tribal drums, guest appearances, strange interludes, rapping, etc.

Well none of that experimental stuff is really here except for on one of the last tracks there's some spanish guitar. This album is brutal and hard hitting metal. The second song gave me chills it was so good. I liked the entire album in the first sitting and usually it takes time for me to digest album before loving. Not the case here, this is metal bliss. This is probably the best Soulfly in the last five releases from the band.

Although this review is almost entirely positive, there are a couple minor negative things I should mention. The Gladiator song had lame lyrics about ancient Rome and "Caesar" but the song is still catchy. Also, I understand that Soulfly has different musicians than Cavalera Conspiracy (other than Max who is guitar and vocals for both bands) but the sound is practically the same with this release. It could be Cavalera Conspiracy on the cover and I wouldn't know the difference.

Go get this album, it's fantastic. Support metal!
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Another great album by soulfly. The only issue I have is soulfly doesn't really use the tribal sound they did with early soulfly and sepultura. Other than that, I still really enjoy soulfly, its something different from their earlier stuff, and sounds great! recommended. Thanks for the excellent service Amazon!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb6723030) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaba00704) out of 5 stars Heaviest Soulfly Album Yet! March 13 2012
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Max Cavalera has been taking Soulfly in a heavier direction for several albums now, but the last one, Omen, slowed things down somewhat. Now, Enslaved is here to kick everything back into massive overdrive. This CD will cave in a few skulls when unsuspecting listeners pop it in and wait for Max to "go through the motions" with some standard groove metal. These songs resemble Sepultura's sound more than any other Soulfly release, but it's not a straight Sep sound; you can hear the unmistakable stamp of both bands in almost every song. Cavalera and company thrash it out from one track to the next, refusing to let up for a moment. Even the slower sections crush, like on Legions and American Steel, where the groove is more about head-stomping than jumping around. Combined with their past discography, this album solidifies Soulfly's legacy as a top-tier metal band. Incredible.

By the third and fourth Soulfly albums, the band seemed to have grown comfortable with a familiar formula, giving the impression in their music of repetition and simplicity, which also carried over into the song arrangements. Lyrics kept getting more and more simplistic, songs got shorter, and a certain lack of fire spawned many Soulfly critics who suggested Max was losing some of his creativity. Enslaved puts those notions to rest. Each song is fleshed out; they all feel complete in a way they didn't on Omen, and to some extent, Conquer. Riffs have more drive, new drummer Dave Kinkade absolutely rips it up on drums, and new bassist Tony Campos lays a crushing bottom-heavy foundation. Much of the melody brought by Marc Rizzo on the last few albums has been replaced with pure speed and aggression, though his skills still shine with some choice classical and flamenco interludes. Make no mistake, Max was out to make a statement with Enslaved, and he's succeeded. I'm happy to say this is a full-fledged five-star album for Max Cavalera and Soulfly! For anyone interested, here's a closer look at a few highlights.

Resistance--Short intro track with some Chaos A.D. power-drill guitars and shouted-word vocals.

World Scum--Death metal destruction with Cattle Decapitation vocalist.

Intervention--Relentless thrash assault with old-school sound.

American Steel--Meaty riffing, powerful drumming, and a HEAVY breakdown.

Redemption of Man by God and Treachery--Ultra-heavy speed-groove, with nice vocals by Dez from Devildriver on Redemption.

Plata O Plomo--Old Soulfly tradition of Portuguese lyrics with a stomping beat and great riffs.

Chains--Epic track, over seven minutes, that runs the gamut of Soulfly's metal repertoire with thrash, groove, and even a blast beat.

Revengeance--Max and his sons finish the album with an almost Nailbomb sense of industrial heaviness.

Great bonus tracks on the special edition include the thrasher Slave, which ends with some classic lines from Tribe off the first Soulfly album. Next, Bastard might be the most standard track of the whole collection, sounding like a basic groove-based Soulfly song that could be on just about any release. Finally, the eighth installment of the Soulfly instrumentals is the first to incorporate a violin, throwing an entirely new twist on the spiritual, tribal element for which these tracks have come to be known, and strengthening the overall sense that each musician involved put everything they had into the making of Enslaved.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaad8ab7c) out of 5 stars Soulfly - Enslaved March 13 2012
By Kingcrimsonprog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fronted as always by Max Cavelera, Soulfly have lived through enough line-up changes in the past to carry on strong no matter who joins or leaves their fold and deliver more of the same Thrash, Groove and World Music inspired Metal that the band have been creating since their inception a decade and a half ago.

Enslaved is the band's eighth studio album. It was released in 2012 and finds the band recording with a new rhythm section as bassist Bobby Burns (who had been in the band since 2003) and drummer Joe Nunez (who was in the band since 2000, except for one album) get replaced by Tony Campos of Static-X and David Kinkade of Borknagar.

Lead guitarist Marc Rizzo is now the band's second longest lasting member behind Max himself, and has become more and more integral to the band's sound and direction since joining in 2003 (in addition to appearing in alongside Max in his other band Cavelera Conspiracy.)

Where Enslaved fits in with the rest of the band's catalogue is definitely closer in style to the sound found on the faster and darker albums like Dark Ages than the fun and bouncy tribal sing along albums like Primitive. It is probably the most straight forward, serious and un-experimental sounding album the band have ever done, which counter-intuitively lends the record a really interesting an vital sound.

The style at this stage is completely absent of any Nu Metal influence, with the drumming and guitar generally a lot more clinical and thrash influenced than ever before, however the manage to do so in a manner that feels entirely modern and nothing like homage to the 1980s. The main riff of `Treachery' for example feels almost like it could have been written by Chimaira's Rob Arnold, and the huge string bends at the beginning of 'Chains' sound a little like recent Cannibal Corpse tracks in a subtle sort of a way.

Enslaved also carves its own position in the Soulfly catalogue by having removed all traces of the World Music interludes, intros and outros that had peppered all of the band's previous work to at least some extent. Furthermore, the band even went as far as not including a Self-Titled instrumental track in the main album like they had always done on previous records (although one does crop up on the special edition. )

One thing that Soulfly have never been able to stop themselves doing however is include guest appearances by other famous musicians, and on Enslaved this once again proves to be the case as Dez Fafara of Devildriver sings on the track "Redemption Of Man By God," while Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation appears on the surprisingly Death Metal influenced lead single `World Scum.'

Overall, Enslaved is a strong, well written and immaculately produced album by a confident and mature band. The direction is dark, precise and heavy modern metal music with a lot of shredding, a lot of speed and no messing around. If your favourite Soulfly albums were the first two and you don't usually enjoy any Thrash or Extreme Metal then it might not be what you wanted, but if you have enjoyed the direction that the band have been heading in for the last three or four albums then you will be happy to find them charging further down that path and sounding good doing it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaad6a480) out of 5 stars Heaviest Soulfly Album Yet April 3 2012
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Max Cavalera has been taking Soulfly in a heavier direction for several albums now, but the last one, Omen, slowed things down somewhat. Now, Enslaved is here to kick everything back into massive overdrive. This CD will cave in a few skulls when unsuspecting listeners pop it in and wait for Max to "go through the motions" with some standard groove metal. In my opinion, these songs resemble Sepultura's sound more than any other Soulfly release, but it's not a straight Sep sound; you can hear the unmistakable stamp of both bands in almost every song. Cavalera and company thrash it out from one track to the next, refusing to let up for a moment. Even the slower sections crush, like on Legions and American Steel, where the groove is more about head-stomping than jumping around. Combined with their past discography, this album solidifies Soulfly's legacy as a top-tier metal band. Incredible.

By the third and fourth Soulfly albums, the band seemed to have grown comfortable with a familiar formula, giving the impression in their music of repetition and simplicity, which also carried over into the song arrangements. Lyrics kept getting more and more simplistic, songs got shorter, and a certain lack of fire spawned many Soulfly critics who suggested Max was losing some of his creativity. Enslaved puts those notions to rest. Each song is fleshed out; they all feel complete in a way they didn't on Omen, and to some extent, Conquer. Riffs have more drive, new drummer Dave Kinkade absolutely rips it up on drums, and new bassist Tony Campos lays a crushing bottom-heavy foundation. Much of the melody brought by Marc Rizzo on the last few albums has been replaced with pure speed and aggression, though his skills still shine with some choice classical and flamenco interludes. Make no mistake, Max was out to make a statement with Enslaved, and he's succeeded. I'm happy to say this is a full-fledged five-star album for Max Cavalera and Soulfly! For anyone interested, here's a closer look at a few highlights.

Resistance--Short intro track with some Chaos A.D. power-drill guitars and shouted-word vocals.

World Scum--Death metal destruction with Cattle Decapitation vocalist.

Intervention--Relentless thrash assault with old-school sound.

American Steel--Meaty riffing, powerful drumming, and a HEAVY breakdown.

Redemption of Man by God and Treachery--Ultra-heavy speed-groove, with nice vocals by Dez from Devildriver on Redemption.

Plata O Plomo--Old Soulfly tradition of Portuguese lyrics with a stomping beat and great riffs.

Chains--Epic track, over seven minutes, that runs the gamut of Soulfly's metal repertoire with thrash, groove, and even a blast beat.

Revengeance--Max and his sons finish the album with an almost Nailbomb sense of industrial heaviness.

Great bonus tracks on the special edition include the thrasher Slave, which ends with some classic lines from Tribe off the first Soulfly album. Next, Bastard might be the most standard track of the whole collection, sounding like a basic groove-based Soulfly song that could be on just about any release. Finally, the eighth installment of the Soulfly instrumentals is the first to incorporate a violin, throwing an entirely new twist on the spiritual, tribal element for which these tracks have come to be known, and strengthening the overall sense that each musician involved put everything they had into the making of Enslaved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaad9a594) out of 5 stars Epic Soulfly Tribe Till The Day I Die March 13 2012
By dj coal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ever since the debut release in 1998, i have been amazed by the relentless energy and brutality of Soulfly. I feel the diversity of the albums and themes have really made the band as a whole an unstoppable powerhouse in heavy metal! This new album does not dissapoint, and in my opinion the production value and time put into Enslaved has surpassed some of their previous albums. I will be a loyal and dedicated fan of the soulfly tribe untill the day that i die! This will easily become one of the top metal albums of 2012 and the Soulfy legacy will continue to remain insane!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaad9a75c) out of 5 stars More strong, satisfying stuff from Soulfly Nov. 6 2012
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Soulfly's eighth full-length record, 2012's "Enslaved," continues on the same angry, death-metal-influenced, riff-oriented road that frontman Max Cavalera and the Gang first started down on 2005's "Dark Ages." But this album may very darn well be the strongest Soulfly recording of the past several years (it is their best effort since 2004's "Prophecy"). This is true because "Enslaved" is a very consistent, front-to-back listen, as even the weakest tracks on here pack in plenty of positively excellent riffs. And you will also, most likely, be treated to brutal drumming and vocals, as well. And, as was the case with the above-mentioned "Dark Ages," and 2008's "Conquer" and 2010's "Omen," "Enslaved" is a loosely-based concept album. The occasionally political lyrics -- see "Intervention" and "Treachery" for two examples -- add a deeper meaning to the songs, and convey a strong, convincing sense of nihilism, anarchy, and Armageddon.

The set opens with "Resistance," a forebodingly dark instrumental intro with a martial drum beat and ominous guitar noise. This flows perfectly into "World Scum," which aside from a mid-tempo bass and drum intro, is a chaotic blitzkrieg. Grindcore-esque vocals -- including some monstrous guest bellows from Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan -- and grindcore-inspired, Dying Fetus-esque blast beats trade-off with Max's signature hardcore-shout. (The tune sneaks in some anthemic, "Chaos A.D."-era Sepultura-like gang shouts of the title phrase.) And the next song, "Intervention," might have a slow, doomy-flavored breakdown near the end, but it, too, is a blisteringly fast track. Here, great, pounding guitar and bass riffs (which thunder through the mix) give-way to ferocious, racing tremolo picking.

"Gladiator" is a turbo-charged thrasher with double-kick-drum-backed buzzsaw riffage. A piercing, sweeping, technical melodic guitar solo and catchy, call-and-response vocal part also crop up later on in the song. "Legions" continues this frenetic pace, backing Eighties-era thrash-esque speedster picking with deft thrash beats, and topping it all off with some unorthodox, whammy-bar-drenched soloing. "American Steel" is another acrobatic guitar workout, one featuring massively crunching, machine-gun-fast riffing, some catchy wah-wah licks, and a pretty, colorful acoustic outro. "Redemption Of Man By God," which features guest vocals from Devildriver's Dez Fafara, is backed by big, bone-crunching licks and busy, blasting drums.

"Treachery" is a breakneck attack that evokes old-school Sepultura, and "Plata O Plomo," which is sung entirely in Portuguese, and offsets its grinding blasts with a couple of splashes of gorgeous flamenco guitar strumming, is another throwback to Max's old days. "Chains" is slightly more mid-tempo, but still super heavy -- it has a deep, brooding groove, gut-punching riffs, catchy staccato vocals, and a fiery, searing guitar solo. The set concludes with "Revengeance," which is a bass-heavy/driven closer with thundering bass lines (including a grumbling mini-bass solo) that compliment the tune's rapid-fire drumming very nicely.

"Enslaved" is easily the angriest, darkest, fastest, heaviest, and most technically-impressive Soulfly offering to date. It might not be a particularly groundbreaking affair, but it does definitely make for numerous extremely enjoyable, enthralling, and fully-satisfying listening sessions.

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