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There's just something about Soulfly that works for me from release to release. Not only do the releases come fast and furious, but they always have enough in them to keep me interested until the next effort comes out. They have changes from release to release. Sometimes they are subtle, and sometimes they are far more pronounced. With SAVAGES, it's no exception. Almost completely non-existent are the tribal blasts that generally are prominent in their music. Additionally, the songs are longer; a LOT longer. Without question, SAVAGES is one of the most direct and yet epic release of the band's 9 total releases. It might also be the best. SAVAGES is super heavy, very powerful, and pure Cavalera. It really doesn't get better than this from Max and company.

Soulfly, more and more, becomes more of a flowing collection of music than it is a "band". There's no exceptions here. There's a ton of guests all over SAVAGES. The album opens in fact with an almost bonus track from Cavalera Conspiracy, as Cavalera's brother and former Sepultura bandmate Igor Cavalera guests on "Bloodshed". This one will get your head moving, to say the least. Probably the best song on the album is "Fallen"; a near death metal tune that comes with some added brutality from I Declare War's Jamie Hanks. The mood turns darker and slower when Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon joins the fray for "Ayatollah of Rock N' Rolla". Certainly, the guests are everywhere on SAVAGES, but in no way do they take down the heavy mood or spirit of this release.

That is because for the first time in a long time, it seems like Cavalera had a complete focus on what he wanted to do. The last few Soulfly albums were solid, but had more of a mish mosh feeling as if some of the songs had come from other eras of the band or other projects he's involved in. SAVAGES is, without question, the most cohesive effort from Soulfly since PRIMITIVE. "This Is Violence" and "Cannibal Holocaust" are two of the shortest songs on the release, and they are two of the most potent. Surprisingly, most of the material on SAVAGES stretches past the five minute mark, which is strange for a guy that's made a career out of shorter blasts of near death metal dominance. "El Comegente" comes in at over 8 minutes long, and yet finds no boring elements or parts that drag. It just works.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - This may be a newsflash to some, but Soulfly is REALLY good. They release albums quickly, and they don't really suffer from the staleness that meets other bands that put out a recording every year or so. Heavy as hell, and one of the most developed albums in the band's history, SAVAGES simply kills it.

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