Soulfly: Max Cavalera (vocals, guitar, sitar, berimbau); Marc Rizzo (guitar); Bobby Burns (bass); Joe Nunez (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Asha Rabouin, Danny Marianino (vocals); Ljubomir Dimtrijevic (flute, bagpipes, percussion); David Ellefson (bass); Meia Noite, Kaval (percussion); John Gray (samples); Mark Pringle (background vocals).
Recorded at The Salzmone Studio Oasis, Mesa, Arizona.
Max Cavalera's fourth outing under the Soulfly banner finds the former Sepultura frontman as fierce as ever. Beginning with the wailing siren riffs of the title track, PROPHECY combines new-world issues with old-world religion. Throughout the album, the dreadlocked Cavalera conjures up images of Zion, using spiritual themes as an intriguing counterpoint to razor-sharp guitar lines and tight rhythms.
As on past Soulfly records, the songs often consist of movements, rather than more conventional structures; "Living Sacrifice" features a dub-like breakdown, while "Mars" incorporates an extended flamenco guitar solo that morphs into a reggae jam. However, there's still room for some pure, undiluted metal, as revealed on a powerful, straightforward version of Helmet's "In the Meantime." In a surprising conclusion, "Wings" features soulful, R&B-tinged lead vocals by Asha Rabouin, and a horn-laden instrumental finale, proving yet again that Cavalera aims to keep Soulfly as unpredictable as possible.
What the critics say...
CMJ (3/22/04, p.18) - "[T]he tracks on PROPHECY have worldly textures and a distinct vibe that furthers Soulfly's status as a fluid musical tribe."
- Living Sacrifice
- Execution Style
- Defeat U
- I Believe
- Born Again Anarchist
- In The Meantime
- Soulfly IV