Savages (Soulfly album)

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Savages album cover art by Paul Stottler
Studio album by Soulfly
Released September 30, 2013 (UK)
October 1, 2013 (US)
October 4, 2013 (EU)
December 13, 2013 (BR)
Recorded May–June 2013
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal
Length 58:10 / 69:30
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Terry Date
Soulfly chronology
Singles from Savages
  1. "Bloodshed"
    Released: August 8, 2013
  2. "Master of Savagery"
    Released: September 9, 2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2] 8/10 stars[3]
Classic Rock Magazine 7/10 stars[4]
Kerrang! 2/5 stars[5]
musicOMH 6/10 stars[6]
Record Collector 8/10 stars[7]
Revolver 3/5 stars[8]
Time For Metal Magazin Germany 9.5/10[9]

Savages is the ninth studio album by Brazilian metal group Soulfly, released on September 30, 2013.[2] The album is the first to feature drummer Zyon Cavalera, frontman Max's son, in a full-time capacity after the departure of David Kinkade in 2012. The first single from the album, "Bloodshed" featuring Max's other son (and Zyon's brother) Igor, debuted on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show on August 6, 2013.[10]

The album was produced by Terry Date, who had previously performed mixing work for Soulfly on 3, Prophecy and Dark Ages.[11] The album features a number of guest vocalists including Igor Cavalera of Lody Kong, Jamie Hanks of I Declare War, Neil Fallon of Clutch and Mitch Harris of Napalm Death.[12]

Savages marks the group's first record to be released on Nuclear Blast Records. It was released in CD (digipak edition with two bonus tracks, and standard jewel case), limited edition vinyl, and digital download formats.

The album debuted at #84 on the Billboard 200, selling 4700 copies during the first week after the release.[13]


"Bloodshed" is the first of two singles released from the album. This song plays in mid-tempo and contains little tribal influences.[14] "El Comegente" features Portuguese and Spanish lyrics spoken by Tony Campos, who normally plays bass. The song is about the 1980s Venezuelan serial killer and cannibal Dorangel Vargas, who is an "El Comegente," Spanish for people eater. The closing section has Led Zeppelin-like acoustic solo and Marc Rizzo calls this part "Mars Part Two."[15]

"Master of Savagery" is the quasi-title track and the second single of the album containing grooves similar to earlier Soulfly albums followed by bass solo. "Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla" has Pantera-like grooves with clean vocals by Neil Fallon.[16] "Fallen" begins with an acoustic guitar, then thrashy riffs, followed by monster-like growls by guest Jamie Hanks. "Cannibal Holocaust" is a speedy song speaking about destruction of humanity due to cannibalism.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Max Cavalera except where stated. 

Savages CD track listing[2]
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Bloodshed" (feat. Igor Cavalera Jr.)   6:55
2. "Cannibal Holocaust"     3:29
3. "Fallen" (feat. Jamie Hanks)   5:55
4. "Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla" (feat. Neil Fallon) Max Cavalera, Neil Fallon 7:29
5. "Master of Savagery"     5:10
6. "Spiral"     5:34
7. "This Is Violence"     4:23
8. "K.C.S." (Kill Cut Scalp) (feat. Mitch Harris)   5:15
9. "El Comegente"   Max Cavalera, Tony Campos 8:17
10. "Soulfliktion"     5:43
Total length:
Digipak bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Fuck Reality"   5:25
12. "Soulfly IX"   5:55
Total length:


Savages is generally positively reviewed by critics.[1] James Christopher Conger of Allmusic described that this album continues the Soulfly tradition, "meant to be taken as both a warning and a rebel yell, offering up an audio invoice for our past transgressions and a shot of adrenaline for the war ahead."[2] Record Collector praised this album as very good, "Savages is a feisty record that returns to the familiar blend of hardcore, thrash and groove metal."[7] One review had a negative response. According to Kerrang! this album has "too many songs utilise the same plodding, mid-paced grooves and simple, one-line refrains."[5]

According to Blabbermouth, Max Cavalera stated that this album is "about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we're working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We're still savages. Even with technology and how far we've come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage". This publisher reviewed that this album's riffing connects well with Soulfly.[3] Another critic (musicOMH) had a mixed response, but this album signals an end of bad situations.[6]



Chart (2013) Peak
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[17] 37
US Billboard 200[18] 84


  1. ^ a b "Savages Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d James Christopher Monger (September 30, 2013). "Savages - Soulfly Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Ray Van Horn, Jr. (September 25, 2013). "Savages - CD Reviews - Savages Soulfly". Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ . Classic Rock Magazine. November 2013. p. 93.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b . Kerrang!. October 5, 2013. p. 54.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b Martin Headon (September 30, 2013). "Soulfly – Savages". Album Reviews. musicOMH. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Savages". Reviews. Record Collector Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Sammi Chichester (October 1, 2013). "Review: Soulfly — Savages". Heavy Metal News. Revolver. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rene Wolters. "CD-Reviews » Soulfly - Savages". 
  10. ^ Alex May (August 9, 2013). Soulfly reveal artwork and tracklist for ‘Savages’, unveil new single ‘Bloodshed’. News. Rockadia. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  11. ^ SOULFLY Taps Producer TERRY DATE For New Album. April 6, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  12. ^ NEW SOULFLY ALBUM TO FEATURE MEMBERS OF CLUTCH AND NAPALM DEATH. Metal Insider. July 24, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  13. ^ SOULFLY's 'Savages' Cracks U.S. Top 100. News. October 9, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  14. ^ UG Team (October 3, 2013). "Savages Review". Compact Discs. Ultimate-Guitar.Com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "SOULFLY Mainman Discusses 'Savages' Album In New Audio Interview". News ( August 2, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Andrew Guy (October 7, 2013). "Soulfly - Savages Review". Angry Metal Guy. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". LightMedia. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  18. ^ "Soulfly Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Soulfly. Prometheus Global Media.

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