3 (Soulfly album)

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Studio album by Soulfly
Released June 25, 2002
Recorded Chaton Studios, Phoenix, Arizona
Genre Groove metal, nu metal
Length 59:30
78:09 (Digipak)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Max Cavalera
Soulfly chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

3 is the third studio album by the metal band Soulfly released in 2002 through Roadrunner Records.[2] 3 has sold 195,000 copies as of March 11, 2008.

Album information[edit]

The album artwork features an Aum (or Om), a symbol from Indian religions.


Both of the first two tracks were the only singles released from the album, "Downstroy" and "Seek 'n' Strike."

"One" fuses growling vocals from Max Cavalera with gripping vocals from Ill Nino’s Christian Machado. The song uses this title as first word of the two word clauses per line: 'One soul / One heart / One man / One truth / One tribe / One life / One God'.[3] "L.O.T.M" (acronym for "Last of the Mohicans") is a Native American-themed metal song named after the 1826 novel of the same name. "Brasil" is a Brazilian metal song, especially featuring berimbau, as well as several percussions performed by Cavalera. "Brasil" is about overcoming the poor government of Rio de Janeiro by praying the past.[3]

"One Nation" plays a recorded pledge of allegiance to begin and end the song, since "One Nation" appears in pledge of allegiance. "One Nation" was originally recorded by Sacred Reich. "09-11-01" is a one minute silence used for listeners to tribute to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorism acts on the World Trade Center. "Call to Arms" is about addressing the terrorists in a usual way.[3]

"Tree of Pain" is noted for its ballad lasting 2.3 minutes on both ends with typical metal riff with Cavalera's growls in the middle. This song tributes to Cavalera’s stepson Dana, who was killed.[3][4] "Zumbi" and "Soulfly III" are world music songs.


  • Spin (8/02, p. 110) rated the album a 6 out of 10, stating that "There's something undeniably thrilling about an Ozzfest demagogue who champions dignity as a human right and makes a maxim like 'Faith is a weapon' his rallying cry...the band remains a hard-charging, tribal-drumming monster fierce enough to kick the bulldozers out of the rainforest....3 could be the charm for Soulfly."
  • NME (6/22/02, p. 52) also rated the album a 6 out of 10 stating that "Another clench-jawed grind through seven kinds of hell...Soulfly must be the only band who can make the obligatory minute of Sept. 11th silence seem loud."
  • Alternative Press (8/02, p. 67) rated the album a 7 out of 10 stating that "Streamlined and digestable...A impenitent tone is set from the start...enough to get the troops of doom marching once again."
  • CMJ (6/17/02, p. 16) stated that "This one is a winner; don't miss out."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Max Cavalera unless stated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Downstroy"     4:25
2. "Seek 'n' Strike"     4:28
3. "Enterfaith"     4:46
4. "One" (ft. Cristian Machado)   5:23
5. "L.O.T.M." (Last of the Mohicans)   2:36
6. "Brasil"     5:01
7. "Tree of Pain" (ft. Asha Rabouin & Richie Cavalera) Cavalera, Rabouin & Cavalera 8:20
8. "One Nation" (Sacred Reich cover ft. Greg Hall & Wiley Arnett) Rind & Arnett 3:43
9. "9-11-01"     1:00
10. "Call to Arms" (ft. Danny Marianino) Cavalera & Marianino 1:24
11. "Four Elements"     4:22
12. "Soulfly III"     5:02
13. "Sangue de Bairro" (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover) Science, Maia, Du Peixe & Dengue 2:19
14. "Zumbi"     6:17
Total length:
Japanese Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "I Will Refuse" (Pailhead cover) Barker, Jourgenson, MacKaye & Rieflin 4:07
Total length:
Limited Edition Digipack
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Under the Sun" (Black Sabbath cover) Osbourne, Iommi, Butler & Ward 5:47
17. "Eye for an Eye" (Live at Ozzfest 2000)   4:09
18. "Pain" (Live at Ozzfest 2000) Cavalera, Moreno & Avenell 5:01
Total length:


Chart positions[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 46


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r593526
  2. ^ Official Soufly website determines the album title as "3"
  3. ^ a b c d Adrien Begrand (20 August 2002). "Soulfly: 3". Review. PopMatters. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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