Patrick : A little over twenty years after their debut, Soulfly is still a fully respected band in the genre and their albums 'Primitive', 'Prophecy' and 'Dark Ages' have become true classics. On the most recent albums, however, Soulfly's fire seemed to be extinguishing a little; does 'Ritual' know how to turn this tide?
With 'Ritual' the band comes up with their eleventh album. Certain characteristics and traditions, such as having guests on an album, the tribal influences (opener 'Ritual', end of 'Blood On The Streets'), an instrumental track with the title of the number of albums of Soulfly and the eternal "un, dos, tres, quatre." ('Feedback!'), are also easily maintained on this new album. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) is present at 'Dead Behind The Eyes' and Ross Dolan (Immolation) play along at 'Under Rapture' and the eleventh album will be closed with the instrumental track 'Soulfly XI'. Apart from the many recognizable points in the music of Soulfly, such as the sharp riffs, the catchy grooves and lyrics that revolve around political and religious subjects, the band sounds a little more eager on the new album. This is especially evident in the tighter drumming of Zyon and the intensity in Max's vocals. In addition, the intensity and speed in the tracks ('Ritual', 'The Summoning', 'Demonized' and 'Feedback!') are quite strong again. It is possible that producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Trivium) put a penny in the bag in terms of sound. Whatever it may be: it makes Soulfly a lot more convincing on this album.
'Ritual' is a typical Soulfly album, but one that makes the band sound hungrier and more driven and which turns out just as more powerful and convincing than the most recent albums.