It’s becoming increasingly harder to find new ways to talk about Max Cavalera without repeating anything that has been said before. In many ways that statement is also a reflection of the man and his music as well, but every now and then in life there are surprises. “Enslaved” is one of those surprises.
Unless you have been living under a rock or just have know knowledge of metal, then chances are you know who Max Cavalera is and his contribution to the music industry as a whole, so there really is no need for me to go through it once again.
“Enslaved” is the eighth studio album by Max Cavalera‘s Soulfly and the first album to feature Tony Campos (Bass) and David Kinkade (Drums) it comes hot off the heels of the previous Soulfly album, “Omen,” an album which it improves upon in every conceivable way.
Starting with the one-two punch of ‘Resistance’ and ‘World Scum’ the latter featuring guest vocals from Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation, they set the tone well for what’s to come, which unsurprisingly is an album full of forceful metal that ties itself to a central fame of slavery and imprisonment. In more recent years, it seems that Max has tried to go back to some of the more base roots (no pun intended) of his music and has stripped away all of the world music elements in favour of pure unfiltered hatred and flat out aggression, not that I’m sure anyone is complaining.
“Enslaved” features some of the heaviest songs Soulfly has ever written. Tracks like ‘Legions’ ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Redemption of Man by God’ featuring Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) crush skulls and promise to break bones in the live arena and prove that Max can still pen an absolute beast of a tune when he puts his mind to it.
“Enslaved” is an important record in the Soulfly legacy, as it proves just how vital and fresh the band can sound when all the elements are lined up correctly,and proves that Max Cavalera still has a few tricks up his sleeve. This is reassuring because for the last couple of years, at least, he may have become a victim to his own prolific nature and be resigned to a career just repeating himself and trying to relive former glories, so its with good to see that it is certainly not the case.
If you’ve never gotten into Soulfly before now, “Enslaved” is a great place to start. However, if you’re a long term fan then this is the album you’ve been waiting patiently for, either way you need to prepare to be “Enslaved.”