Primitive (album)

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Studio album by Soulfly
Released September 26, 2000
Recorded The Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa, Arizona
Genre Nu metal[1]
Length 52:16
72:54 (Digipak)
Label Roadrunner Records
Producer Toby Wright, Max Cavalera, Sean Lennon
Soulfly chronology
Singles from Primitive
  1. "Back to the Primitive"
    Released: December 4, 2000
  2. "Son Song"
    Released: January 30, 2001
  3. "Jumpdafuckup"
    Released: 2001

Primitive is the second studio album by the metal band Soulfly released in 2000 through Roadrunner Records. Primitive has sold over 226,569 copies.[2]


The first track of Primitive is "Back to the Primitive," which plays berimbau to begin the song and the album.[3] "Back to the Primitive" is one of three singles released from the album, others were "Son Song" and "Jumpdafuckup."

"Jumpdafuckup" features Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour on vocals, as well as sludgy guitar riffs.[3] "Mulambo" appears in the movie The Forsaken.[4] "Terrorist" incorporates lyrics from songs recorded by other bands: "Inner Self" by Sepultura and "Criminally Insane" by Slayer. In addition, "Terrorist" features Slayer vocalist Tom Araya.

"Son Song" pays tribute both singers' fathers who died young. Sean Lennon's father, John Lennon, was shot, while Max's father was killed by a heart attack.[5] Musically, "Son Song" has Alice in Chains-like grungy riffs and Layne Staley-like vocals by Lennon.[6] The song appears on the Valentine OST, although it's not included in the film.[7]

"In Memory of..." is unique for Soulfly in that it contains rap elements. "Soulfly II" is the sequel to the first eponymously titled song, which uses a large number of instruments, including Congo drums, piano, sitar, twang, and various wind instruments.[8] Asha Rabouin makes her first Soulfly appearance on "Flyhigh," in which she sings lines like 'Just let my soul fly free'.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10] 8/10 stars[11]
  • Rolling Stone (9/28/00, pp. 53–4) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Old-school...Primitive is the sound of [ex-Sepultura frontman] Max Cavalera's lived-in growl, the churning effect of a 4-string guitar and his concerns."
  • Q magazine (11/00, pp. 114–6) - 3 stars out of 5 - "While [their] percussive, ethnic grooves certainly make an impact, it's only when Cavalera allows his formula to be altered by others that sparks truly fly."
  • Alternative Press (11/00, p. 128) - 3 out of 5 - "With pre-millennial speed metal rubbing elbows with hip-hop, excursions into ambient instrumentals and acerbic soul, and a host of guests...Primitive is certainly a record [with] breadth."
  • CMJ (8/28/00, p. 32) - "More relaxed than their debut, the low-end slaughterhouse riffs are still embellished with Cavalera's beloved tribal percussion...[It] locks its teeth into the jugular."
  • Melody Maker (10/10/00, p. 50) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The metal album of the year so far...An incendiary blend of nu metal, reggae and Brazilian rhythms."
  • NME (11/4/00, p. 46) - 7 out of 10 - "Draws on Max's political rage at colonial history and crimes of the conquistadors...the heavy metal Bob Marley."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Max Cavalera except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Back to the Primitive"     4:22
2. "Pain" (feat. Grady Avenell & Chino Moreno) Max Cavalera, Chino Moreno & Grady Avenell   3:40
3. "Bring It"     3:22
4. "Jumpdafuckup" (feat. Corey Taylor) Max Cavalera & Corey Taylor   5:11
5. "Mulambo"     4:20
6. "Son Song" (feat. Sean Lennon) Sean Lennon & Max Cavalera Sean Lennon & Max Cavalera 4:18
7. "Boom"     4:56
8. "Terrorist" (feat. Tom Araya) Max Cavalera & Tom Araya   3:47
9. "The Prophet"     2:57
10. "Soulfly II"     6:05
11. "In Memory Of..." (feat. Babatunde Rabouin, Deonte Perry & Justus Olbert) Max Cavalera, Babatunde Rabouin, Justus Olbert & Deonte Perry Deonte Perry & Max Cavalera 4:36
12. "Flyhigh" (feat. Asha Rabouin) Max Cavalera & Justus Olbert   4:50
Total length: 52:17
Limited Edition Digipak & Japanese Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Eye for an Eye" (Live at Roskilde Festival 1998) 3:50
14. "Tribe" (Live at Roskilde Festival 1998) 6:24
15. "Soulfire" 5:14
16. "Soulfly" (Universal Spirit Mix; feat. Dayjah) 6:08
Total length: 1:12:54


Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 32
2000 Top Independent Albums 11


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Soulfly | Biography & History". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan - Apr. 30, 2002" at Roadrunner Records's site. (Retrieved on August 20, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Soulfly - Primitive (album review)". Sputnik Music. May 9, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Forsaken (2001) - Soundtracks". IMDb. 
  5. ^ Erik Gamlem. "Soulfly: Primitive". PopMatters. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Soulfly : Son Song (featuring Sean Lennon) : Lyrics". The Music Made Me Do It (MMMDI). 
  7. ^ Joe D'Angelo (Dec 27, 2000). "Rob Zombie, Filter Rarities On 'Valentine' Soundtrack". News. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Soulfly - Primitive". Reviews. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ Allmusic review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ review