Conquer (album)

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Conquer
Studio album by Soulfly
Released July 29, 2008[1]
Recorded September 2007 at Porch Studio
Genre Thrash metal,[2] groove metal,[3] death metal[4]
Length 57:20 (Regular edition)
71:17 (Special edition)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Max Cavalera
Soulfly chronology
Dark Ages
(2005)
Conquer
(2008)
Omen
(2010)
Singles from Conquer
  1. "Unleash"
    Released: June 24, 2008
  2. "Blood Fire War Hate"
    Released: February 9, 2009
Alternative cover
Special edition digipak
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Alt Press 4.5/5 stars (#241, p.166)
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[4]
ChartAttack 4/5 stars[5]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[6]
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars[7]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[8]
Sun Media 4/5 stars[9]

Conquer is the sixth studio album by the band Soulfly. It saw official release on July 23, 2008, in Australia, although the album had leaked early onto file-sharing networks. It was released on July 29, 2008 in Canada and the United States and debuted at #66 on the U.S. Billboard 200 — Soulfly's highest Billboard peak since their 2002 release, 3.

Production and release[edit]

The album was tracked by Tim C. Lau in late 2007 at The Porch Recording Studio in Orlando Florida and mixed by Andy Sneap in early 2008. In promotion for the album, Max Cavalera stated that he had been heavily influenced by Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death and Slayer in writing for this album, which he declared would make Dark Ages sound like a pop album.

A bonus edition of the album was released containing three bonus tracks and a DVD. The DVD features a full live concert from Warsaw, Poland and the music video for "Innerspirit" from the previous album, Dark Ages.

The album sold over 8,400 copies in the U.S. during the first week of its release.[10]

Songs[edit]

"Unleash" was the album's first single with the accompanying music video directed by Robert Sexton. This song and its video features Dave Peters of Throwdown.[11] The second single released was Blood Fire War Hate, the first track of the album, featuring Morbid Angel vocalist David Vincent. "Touching the Void" is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath as it contains doom and sludgy riffs, with outro recorded by French dub artist Fedaya Pacha.[2] "Warmageddon" explores war and Armageddon,[12] hence its portmanteau.

Critical reception[edit]

Conquer has thus far garnered positive reviews from most media outlets and review websites. Chad Bower of About.com calls it "outstanding", with "great musicianship and songwriting" and "new styles, sounds and experiments, which also hit the mark." Nikos Patelis of Metal Invader notes the "hardcore beatings, extreme thrash speeds and many implements of weird sounds that have nothing to do with metal" and deems the album "dark as hell". In comparison to Cavalera Conspiracy's debut earlier this year, Dominic Hemy of Planet Loud considers Conquer "tighter, heavier, more diverse, more original, and far more engaging than Inflikted".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Max Cavalera except where stated, all music composed by Max Cavalera except where stated.

Conquer
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Blood Fire War Hate" (feat. David Vincent) Max Cavalera, David Vincent 4:59
2. "Unleash" (feat. Dave Peters) Max Cavalera, Dave Peters 5:10
3. "Paranoia"     5:31
4. "Warmageddon"     5:22
5. "Enemy Ghost"     3:02
6. "Rough"     3:27
7. "Fall of the Sycophants"     5:09
8. "Doom"     4:58
9. "For Those About to Rot"     6:47
10. "Touching the Void"     7:25
11. "Soulfly VI"     5:20
Special edition[13]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. "Mypath"       4:43
13. "Sailin' On" (Bad Brains cover) Gary Miller, Darryl Jenifer, Paul Hudson Gary Miller, Darryl Jenifer, Paul Hudson 4:41
14. "The Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson cover) Brian Warner Jeordie White 4:23
iTunes Bonus Tracks Version [14]
No. Title Length
12. "Mypath"   4:43
13. "Sailin' On" (Bad Brains cover) 4:41
14. "The Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson cover) 4:23
15. "Roots Bloody Roots" (Sepultura cover; Live in Poland) 3:24
16. "Jumpdafuckup/Bring It" (Live in Poland) 4:43

Bonus DVD listing[edit]

Live in Warsaw, Poland[15]

  1. "Prophecy"
  2. "Downstroy"
  3. "Seek 'n' Strike"
  4. "No Hope = No Fear"
  5. "Jumpdafuckup/Bring It"
  6. "Living Sacrifice"
  7. "Mars"
  8. "Brasil"
  9. "No"
  10. "L.O.T.M."
  11. "Porrada"
  12. "Drums"
  13. "Moses"
  14. "Frontlines"
  15. "Back to the Primitive"
  16. "Eye for an Eye"

Music Video

  1. "Innerspirit"

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2008 US Billboard 200 66
2008 UK Rock Albums 7
2008 Germany 15
2008 Austria 16
2008 Australia 19
2008 Finland 20
2008 Netherlands 33

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