FOR FANS OF: Slayer, Power Trip, Hate­breed

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ One could ar­gue that there are no truly great Soulfly al­bums. While Max Cavalera’s tribe have plenty of songs that ex­plode with su­perb metal­lic rage, al­bum-wise, each has fea­tured an un­for­tu­nate filler/killer ra­tio, usu­ally built on the same re­cy­cled grooves. With Cavalera Con­spir­acy’s 2017 Psy­chosis per­haps the finest thing Max has put his name to for at least a decade, the chances of Rit­ual be­ing bogged down with cast-offs seemed high, but what­ever lit a fire un­der the man’s arse is ev­i­dently still scorch­ing skin, for the ’Fly’s 11th al­bum is a pleas­ingly ag­gres­sive, fre­quently thrash-happy af­fair that has plenty of life to it. Ig­nore the te­dious ti­tle­track and oblig­a­tory noodling closer, and in­stead em­brace hate-fu­elled mon­sters like Dead Be­hind The Eyes and The Sum­mon­ing, be­cause once the acous­tic in­tro of De­mo­nized is out of the way and Zyon Cavalera opens up be­hind the kit, it’s metal ma­nia nearly all the way. DAN SLESSOR

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