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Released: 2010, Roadrunner Records
Has his love for the sweet leaf caused Max Cavalera’s command of the English language to wane? As a long-time fan of the man’s work, I’ve had that niggling suspicion since ROOTS came out back in the day. It developed into a legitimate concern around 2005 when DARK AGES saw the former Sepultura frontman opt to base his lyrics almost entirely around monosyllabic wordplay that either centered around a variety of tag-teamed obscenities or conversely failed to make any sense at all.
Thing is, he's been able to get away with it because since that record, Soulfly have been on a tear – delivering a clutch of very solid records that more than made amends for Cavalera's years spent dabbling in the nu metal quagmire. On OMEN he enjoys no such quarter. It all starts off well enough - "Bloodbath & Beyond" is a simple yet striking pose of hardcore punk goodness, while The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato's appearance on "Rise of the Fallen" ranks as perhaps the most inspired of the many guest turns to make it on to a Soulfly album. From there onward however, it’s a downward stumble into an increasingly slippery funnel of redundancy. An all filler, no killer approach means that not only are the likes of "Off With Their Heads" and "Jeffrey Dahmer" unlikely to feature on a chronicle of the band's finest moments, but it leaves dog-tired gems like "Vulture culture here to stay/soul is dark, soul is grey" gratingly exposed.
On the bright side, Soulfly seem to have made it a habit of following their more mundane studio outings with a thoroughly blistering comeback. Let's hope that hindsight leaves them feeling plenty apologetic over releasing this tripe.
1. "Bloodbath & Beyond"
2. "Rise of the Fallen"
3. "Great Depression"
4. "Lethal Injection"
6. "Jeffrey Dahmer"
7. "Off With Their Heads"
8. "Vulture Culture"
10. "Counter Sabotage"
11. "Soulfly VII" (Instrumental)
Max Cavalera - vocals, guitar
Marc Rizzo - guitar
Bobby Burns - bass guitar
Joe Nunez - drums
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