Prophecy (Soulfly album)

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Prophecy
Studio album by Soulfly
Released March 30, 2004
Recorded Fall 2003 at The Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa, Arizona
Genre Groove metal, death metal, alternative metal
Length 55:40
78:40 (Special edition)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Max Cavalera
Soulfly chronology
3
(2002)
Prophecy
(2004)
Dark Ages
(2005)
Alternative Cover
Re-issued Digipak cover

Prophecy is the fourth studio album by the metal band Soulfly and it was released in 2004.

This album is noteworthy for three features — the completely different line-up for the album apart from leader Max Cavalera, the world music influence from a stint that Cavalera spent in Serbia and explicit Spirituality themes on the album. The album has gone on to sell over 275,000 copies.

Musicians involved[edit]

Cavalera recruited a whole new line-up for the Prophecy album. Joe Nunez was back behind the drum kit having worked on the Primitive album with Marc Rizzo formerly of Ill Niño on guitar. There are two bassists playing as members of Soulfly on ProphecyDavid Ellefson of Megadeth and Bobby Burns of Primer 55. Cavalera took this decision to have a mixture of old school metal and death metal on the album.

Max Cavalera explains on Roadrunner Records website that he wants to use different musicians as part of the group for each album. "This is an approach that I've wanted to do for a while. I never wanted Soulfly to be a band like Metallica, with the same four guys. On every Soulfly album, we've changed the line-up and it will probably continue that way. In order to do that, I had to start from the inside out and bring in people who caught my attention, that I had never played with before, and create this."[1]

After the release of this album, he would go on to keep these musicians as he felt they worked with him the best.

World music influences[edit]

In Sepultura, Cavelera had shown an interest in world music as shown on the 1996 Roots album featuring elements of the music of Brazil's indigenous peoples. This approach continues on the Prophecy album with Cavalera travelling to Serbia to record with traditional musicians. On the track "Moses", an explicit statement of his religious beliefs he works with Serbian band Eyesburn featuring reggae influences.[2] Other tracks on the album feature instruments from the Middle Ages, sheepskin bagpipes and Serbian Gypsies.

Spirituality influences[edit]

On the band's website, Max Cavelera said that he founded the band "with the idea of combined sounds and spiritual beliefs." The Prophecy album contains the clearest statement of his beliefs with "I Believe" containing a spoken part in the middle where Cavelera expresses his faith.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
ARTISTdirect 4/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net 7/10 stars[5]
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[6]
  • 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."

In 2005, Prophecy was ranked number 304 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Prophecy
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Prophecy"       3:36
2. "Living Sacrifice"       5:04
3. "Execution Style"       2:19
4. "Defeat U" (feat. Danny Marianino) Max Cavalera, Danny Marianino   2:10
5. "Mars"       5:26
6. "I Believe"       5:53
7. "Moses"   Max Cavalera, Nemanja Kojić Max Cavalera, Eyesburn 7:39
8. "Born Again Anarchist"       3:43
9. "Porrada"       4:08
10. "In the Meantime" (Helmet cover) Page Hamilton Page Hamilton 4:45
11. "Soulfly IV"       6:05
12. "Wings" (feat. Asha Rabouin; containing hidden track "March on River Drina" (Stanislav Binicki))     6:05
Total length:
56:47
Limited Edition Digipack (Live at Hultsfred Festival 2001, Sweden)
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
13. "Back to the Primitive"       4:09
14. "No Hope = No Fear"       4:22
15. "Spit" (Sepultura cover)   Max Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr., Igor Cavalera 2:32
16. "Jumpdafuckup/Bring It"   Max Cavalera, Corey Taylor   4:26
17. "The Song Remains Insane"       2:19
18. "Roots Bloody Roots" (Sepultura cover)   Max Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr., Igor Cavalera 3:58
Total length:
1:18:29

Personnel[edit]

Soulfly
Additional musicians
  • Meia Noite - percussion
  • Ljubomir Dimitrijević - kaval, gemshorn, zurla, gajde, dvojnice, bagpipes, flutes on "Execution Style", "Born Again Anarchist", "Soulfly IV"
  • Danny Marianino - additional lead vocals on "Defeat U"
  • Mark Pringle - backing vocals on "Defeat U"
  • Asha Rabouin - lead vocals on "Wings", backing vocals on "I Believe"
  • John Gray - keyboards, samples
Additional personnel
  • Max Cavaleraproducer
  • John Gray - recording, engineering, editing
  • Terry Date – mixing
  • Sam Hofstedt - additional engineering
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Monte Conner – A&R
  • Gloria Cavalera – executive producer

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[8] 24
Billboard 200 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ SOULFLY - Prophecy CD. Roadrunner Records.
  2. ^ "Soulfly - Prophecy". Metal Reviews. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ ARTISTdirect review
  5. ^ Blabbermouth.net review
  6. ^ Kaiser, Boris. "Rock Hard review". issue 203. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 89. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  8. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 31 May 2013.