Max Cavalera has to be one of the busiest guys in metal at the moment; balancing three bands. Soulfly’s 10th album, Archangel, continues the barrage of thrash they have perfected over the years. We Sold Our Souls to Metal opens the album in blistering speed and angst followed up by the bone-crushing Archangel. Despite a revolving door of musicians entering and leaving the fold, Soulfly manages to maintain a staunch level of continuity. There aren’t any real surprises with Archangel, but in terms of band progression, album #10 is a step forward for the band compared to Savages and Enslaved. Overall, Max Cavalera shows no signs of slowing down and Soulfly’s Archangel is evidence of that. For a ripping good time…purchase, hit play, and try not to break anything. 3.75 out of 5
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 14 Aug 2015
Length: 46 Minutes
Previous Albums: Soulfly (1998); Primitive (2000); 3 (2002); Prophecy (2004); Dark Ages (2005); Conquer (2008); Omen (2010); Enslaved (2012); Savages (2013).
What would the world look like years after the apocalypse? I bet images of nuclear fallout, grey skies, and world devoid of any plant life pass through your mind. In our modern way of thinking the most likely way of our civilization on the plant Earth coming to an end would be through nuclear war, and at this moment in time, you would be right. But what about possible another angle? Like another classic end of the world scenario, our obsession with computers, convenience, and technology turning against us and wiping out the human race. That’s the angle that developer Ninja Theory took when developing the world that inhabits Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
It’s that angle that works in spades in the favor of Enslaved. Since there has been no nuclear war plant life is allowed to flourish, and because plant life is allowed to flourish the Earth is able to retain all its majestic and natural beauty. With all this natural beauty that the Earth provides for us the world of Enslaved is able to utilize just about every color under the sun and give the player a lush and alluring world to explore. We get beautiful vistas, color drenched landscapes, ruins of old cities overgrown with foliage, and on top of all that, we get one hell of a narrative.