Prophecy (Soulfly album)
|Studio album by Soulfly|
|Released||March 30, 2004|
|Recorded||Fall 2003 at The Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa, Arizona|
Re-issued Digipak cover
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.
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 Prophecy – David 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."
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
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. Other tracks on the album feature instruments from the Middle Ages, sheepskin bagpipes and Serbian Gypsies.
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.
|Rock Hard (de)||9/10|
According to CMJ from 3/22/04 pg. 18, "[T]he tracks on Prophecy have worldly textures and a distinct vibe that furthers Soulfly's status as a fluid musical tribe." John Serba of Allmusic praised Cavalera for their most well-done album possibly since his career with Sepultura. He also praised that there are many organic influences, the album was tagged the "Bob Marley of metal." Don Kaye of Blabbermouth says this album is "a strong, if disjointed effort, yet SOULFLY itself sounds more and more like a project searching for new ground, instead of a growing and developing rock act." Vik Bansal of musicOMH noted that the album serves as testaments to legendary metal bands from the 1980s. According to Cavalera, Prophecy is dedicated “to God, the Most High”, and is littered with religious art and professions of faith. Adrien Begrand of PopMatters says "Although a bit inconsistent for about half an hour in the album's second half, the magic is indeed back."
In 2005, Prophecy was ranked number 306 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
All lyrics written by Max Cavalera except where noted; all music composed by Max Cavalera except where noted.
|4.||"Defeat U" (feat. Danny Marianino)||Max Cavalera, Danny Marianino||2:10|
|7.||"Moses" (feat. Eyesburn)||Max Cavalera, Nemanja Kojić||Max Cavalera, Eyesburn||7:39|
|8.||"Born Again Anarchist"||3:43|
|10.||"In the Meantime" (Helmet cover)||Page Hamilton||Page Hamilton||4:45|
|12.||"Wings" (feat. Asha Rabouin; containing the hidden track " Marš na Drinu" at 5:05, written by Stanislav Binički and performed by Pearls From Vranje)||6:05|
|Limited Edition Digipack (Live at Hultsfred Festival 2001, Sweden)|
|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|
- Max Cavalera – lead vocals, 4-string guitar, sitar, berimbau
- Marc Rizzo – guitars, flamenco guitar
- Bobby Burns – bass guitar on all tracks (except where noted)
- David Ellefson – bass guitar on tracks "Prophecy", "Defeat U", "Mars", "I Believe" (outro), "In The Meantime"
- Joe Nunez – drums, percussion
- 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 Cavalera – producer
- John Gray - recording, engineering, editing
- Terry Date – mixing
- Sam Hofstedt - additional engineering
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Monte Conner – A&R
- Gloria Cavalera – executive producer
|German Album Charts||24|
- Blabbermouth.net review
- SOULFLY - Prophecy CD. Roadrunner Records.
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- Allmusic review
- ARTISTdirect review
- Kaiser, Boris. "Rock Hard review". issue 203. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- musicOMH review
- PopMatters review
- [...], 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.
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