Soulfly's seventh album, "Omen," stands steeped in tradition. Released in May 2010, frontman Max Cavalera fuels "Omen" with the same blood, fire and spirit that made him a genre icon with Sepultura, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. Following the warpath left by 2008's critically acclaimed "Conquer," "Omen" is a sign of Soulfly becoming an even fiercer, fierier and more furious metallic monster, seven albums into their storied career. Various Soulfly traditions remain upheld over the course of the album's 11 tracks. Bobby Burns' bass rumbles and roars on teeth-gnashing opener "Bloodbath and Beyond," as Joe Nunez commences pure percussive pummeling. Marc Rizzo tears through throat-slitting leads, while still making room to groove on the likes of "Lethal Injection." Max's unmistakable vocals and riffs work in tandem for the ultimate aural assault.
Max and Co. simply don't stop. Soulfly's Gold-certified, self-titled debut, has become a genre classic since its 1998 release. Six records and countless sold out shows across the world have paved the path for "Omen." For Max, his latest Soulfly offering is the culmination of over a decade of growth. He explains, "We entered a heavier and more aggressive phase with 'Dark Ages' and 'Conquer.' 'Omen' is really violent in terms of the lyrics and the music. I think this record brings fans closer to Soulfly than ever before. It's got every element that people loved from the last two albums. It's all there, but it goes beyond that. People that liked 'Conquer' are going to love 'Omen' because there are a couple more surprises."