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Soulfly Announce New Album Ritual, Stream New Track

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Given that they live-debuted a song last month, it’s no secret that Soulfly have a new album in the works. Lo and behold, today the band announced it. The record is titled Ritual, in keeping with their monosyllabic album title habit.

The album will feature guest spots by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Immolation’s Ross Dolan. Here’s the cover by artist Eliran Kantor:

And here’s what Max Cavalera has to say about the record:

“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.

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!”

Along with the album details, Soulfly have dropped a new single, title “Evil Empowered”. You can listen to it below. I’ll be interested to hear what you think–this one doesn’t quite get me the way that the tracks on Archangel did, and these days, honestly, I much prefer Cavalera Conspiracy’s sound to Soulfly’s…but what do I know? Play the track, digest it, let us know in the comments.

Ritual drops October 19th via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order it here.

[via The PRP]

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