Enslaved (Soulfly album)

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Studio album by Soulfly
Released March 13, 2012
Recorded September - November 2011
Tallcat Studios, AZ
Frick'In Studios, CA
Genre Death metal, groove metal, thrash metal
Length 53:33
Label Roadrunner
Producer Zeuss, Max Cavalera
Soulfly chronology
Singles from Enslaved
  1. "World Scum"
    Released: January 25, 2012

Enslaved is the eighth studio album by the metal band Soulfly.[1] It was recorded in fall 2011, mostly in Tallcat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona. Zeuss and Max Cavalera produced this album. This is the first album to feature Asesino frontman Tony Campos on bass, and the only album to feature former Borknagar drummer David Kinkade on drums, and the last studio album to be released through Roadrunner Records.

Album information[edit]

Guests on the album include Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber and DevilDriver[2] on "Redemption of Man by God" and Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation on "World Scum", whose vocals were recorded at Frick'In Studios in San Marcos, California. Ryan was brought in to record vocals in place of Adam Warren of Oceano.[3] One song features a guest violinist, among other new styles that they have incorporated into their sound.[4] The album features more death metal influence than their previous releases.


"World Scum" is the album's only single released on January 25, 2012 with a video released on February 16. The song "Revengeance" features Max Cavalera's sons,[5] and the lyrics are about the murder of his stepson Dana Wells. "Gladiator" is a melodic song presumably about Julius Caesar.[6] "Plata O Plomo" features Marc Rizzo playing the flamenco guitar, as well as use of Portuguese lyrics.[7] "Soulfly VIII" is the first Soulfly song to feature a violin, performed by Tim Sadow.[8]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 56/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[11]
Exclaim! 8/10 stars[12]
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars[13]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[14]
Q 2/5 stars[15]

The album debuted at number 83 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[16] According to Blabbermouth.net, Enslaved sold 5,900 copies during the first week of its release in the US, thus reaching number 82 on the Billboard 200 chart.[17]

Enslaved was moderately well received by critics.[9] Then-drummer David Kinkade described the album as "Arise on crack."[18] According to PopMatters, "every song fits into the structure and tone to create a memorable record packed with outstanding content."[14] Q had a negative response because, according to them, world music elements are getting stale.[15] Greg Pratt of Exclaim! wrote that "this album is the band's best yet, as well as the least caught up in "look at this!" eccentricities, adding up to a solid outing, one that never quite gets to death metal, even with blast beats littered throughout. Instead, it's just huge, thick, thrashed-out, aggro-dude metal, but with, like, 20-percent less neon-dread content."[12]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Resistance"       1:53
2. "World Scum" (feat. Travis Ryan) Max Cavalera, Travis Ryan   5:20
3. "Intervention"       3:56
4. "Gladiator"       4:59
5. "Legions"       4:19
6. "American Steel"       4:15
7. "Redemption of Man by God" (feat. Dez Fafara) Max Cavalera, Dez Fafara   5:16
8. "Treachery"       5:49
9. "Plata O Plomo"   Max Cavalera, Tony Campos   4:53
10. "Chains"       7:18
11. "Revengeance" (feat. Richie, Zyon & Igor Cavalera Jr.) Max Cavalera, Richie Cavalera, Igor Cavalera Jr. Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera Jr., Zyon Cavalera 5:52
Total length:
Deluxe Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. "Slave"       3:51
13. "Bastard"       3:57
14. "Soulfly VIII" (feat. Tim Sadow)     4:24
Japanese Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. "Slave"       3:51
13. "Soulfly VIII" (feat. Tim Sadow)     4:24
14. "Downstroy" (Live)     3:07



  1. ^ "Soulfly: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. December 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Soulfly Drummer Talks About Band's Next Album in Video Interview". Blabbermouth.net. November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cattle Decapitation Frontman Comments on Soulfly Collaboration". Blabbermouth.net. November 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Soulfly to Release New Album in March!". Roadrunner Records.com. February 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Chad Bowar. "Soulfly - Enslaved Review". About.com Heavy Metal. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  7. ^ "http://www.examiner.com/review/soulfly-enslaved-album-review Soulfly - 'Enslaved' album review". examiner.com. March 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Josh Hart (March 12, 2012). "Interview: Max Cavalera and Soulfly Get Extreme with 'Enslaved'". Guitar World. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Enslaved Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Allmusic review
  11. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Blabbermouth: Soulfly - Enslaved". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Greg Pratt (March 13, 2012). "Soulfly - Enslaved". Metal Reviews. Exclaim!. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ . Metal Hammer (UK). March 2012. p. 96.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ a b Chris Colgan (23 May 2012). "Soulfly: Enslaved". Review. PopMatters. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b . Q Magazine. April 2012. p. 101.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Music SoundScan Charts". Jam! Canoe. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Soulfly: 'Enslaved' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. March 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Soulfly Drummer: New Material Is Like ‘"Arise" on Crack’". Metal Hammer. September 19, 2011. 

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