Soulfly have announced that they’ll release their new studio album later this year.
It’s titled Ritual and it’s set to arrive on October 19 via Nuclear Blast and is Max Cavalera and co’s first record since 2015’s Archangel (opens in new tab).
Ritual was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur and features guest appearances from Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Immolation’s Ross Dolan. The sleeve artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, while the booklet art and packaging were designed by Marcelo Vasco.
Vocalist and guitarist Cavalera says: “I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favourite 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 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!”
To mark the announcement, Soulfly have released a stream of the first material from the record in the shape of Evil Empowered.
Find full Ritual details below.
Soulfly - Ritual
2. Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3. The Summoning
4. Evil Empowered
5. Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
7. Blood On The Street
8. Bite The Bullet
10. Soulfly XI
Soulfly - Ritual (opens in new tab)
Max Cavalera and co's first album since 2015's Archangel features guest appearances from Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Immolation’s Ross Dolan - and includes the single Evil Empowered.