Sunday, July 1, 2007

SOULFLY: (1998) Soulfly

After the release of the cross-pollinating metal landmark Roots, Brazilian metal giants Sepultura acrimoniously splintered, with frontman Max Cavalera--the instigator of the primal rhythms that made Roots such a ferocious prospect--striking out bravely with Soulfly. Their eponymous debut picks up where Roots left off, as "Bleed" opens with a fearsome patter of drums--and then the floodgates open with a seldom-rivaled burst of speed-metal riffing. By no means is this Cavalera standing still, though; Soulfly skips tempo with virtuosic ease, showing a loose affinity with the harshest grooves of crossover hip-hop/metal groups such as Korn. The aforementioned "Bleed" features a spittle-flecked rap from Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, and Chino Moreno of the Deftones turns up in "First Commandment" engaging in a duel with Cavalera. They're brave men, for few can take him on in his own turf. --Louis Pattison

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