As previously reported, Soulfly’s new album Ritual will drop on October 19th from Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album will feature guest vocals from Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and Ross Dolan of Immolation. The band has now streamed the first official single, ‘Evil Empowered’, which you can hear right now!
Max Cavalera commented about the new artwork for Ritual:
“I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco!
“The ‘Ritual’ artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early SOULFLY as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into, like death and black metal and some hardcore.
He also commented about producer Josh Wilbur:
“Working with Josh Wilbur for SOULFLY this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”
Josh Wilbur also commented:
“Before I had ever recorded a record, in my formidable years, Max released the holy trinity that was (at least to me) ‘Chaos A.D.’, ‘Roots’ and ‘Soulfly’. I wanted to make a record that captured what I loved about those when I was growing up! Those records inspired me and introduced me to heavy metal. Fast forward to now and I was given the opportunity to make the record I wanted as a fan! So I set up some mics, recorded some riffs, we banged on some galvanized metal, roto toms, djembes, and anything else we could get, then I told Max to ‘BRING DA SHIT’!”
Ritual track listing:
02. Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
03. The Summoning
04. Evil Empowered
05. Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
07. Blood On The Street
08. Bite The Bullet
10. Soulfly XI