Review by Tammy Lomax for MPM
Heavy metal Americans, Soulfly are making preparations for their twelve album release, ‘Totem’ which is due August 5th via Nuclear Blast.
Inspired by worshiping nature, this is the follow up to 2018’s album ‘Ritual’
‘Totem’ was recorded at Platinum Underground in Mesa, Arizona by John Aquilino and Arthur Rizk, Rizk is also responsible for playing lead guitar. With assistance from John Powers and produced by front-man Max Cavalera, the album has special guest appearances from Chris Ulsh and John Tardy.
The artwork was created by James Bousema.
The group has currently released singles ‘Superstition’ and ‘Scouring The Vile’ from ‘Totem’, following up from these is the new single ‘Filth Upon Filth’.
Influenced by ‘Reign In Blood’ from the mighty Slayer, the new single’s animated music video was created by Costin. This is also suggested to be their heaviest track from their new and upcoming album and I get to bury my face all up in it.
It’s an excellent addition especially for anyone who is about to endure some sort of commute. The accelerated pace is instantaneous and will get anyone motivated to get up and go. The throbbing drums and guitars are a suitable match and fast approach a glimpse of a down-toned riff before the vocals hit hard with buckets full of aggression. Small bursts of words retain maximum impact and will resonate, they hit hard and simply bash you from side to side. Slightly under 3 minutes of pure quality and sheer force, Soulfly has rammed a tonne of their magic and capabilities into one big ball of excellence. The tones from the guitars sound like they are being amplified in the sky and it is a hypostatizing effect.
‘Filth Upon Filth’ is high quality, explosive and certainly has a thrash feel to it in places. Excitement awaits as I am eager to hear their evolution with the album ‘Totem’, definitely one for the pre-order list.
Max Cavalera | Vocals & Guitar
Zyon Cavalera | Drums
Mike Leon | Bass Guitar
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