I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Soulfly - Primitive [2000]

Here's the heavier production that I was looking for. As with the previous album, there's plenty of tribal elements incorporated into the music. However, these elements seem to be more closely blended into the actual metal parts than before. There is also a significant amount of reggae influence usually found in sections that break up the action and drop into a really calming and beautiful section. There's a myriad of guest stars on this album (Tom Araya, Corey Taylor, etc). Strangely, it helps to keep things fresh on a vocal level. Overall, the creativity is actually a bit lower on this one than on Soulfly. One unwelcome addition is the rap influence. It's usually unobtrusive and even decent, but "In Memory Of" takes it to very intrusive levels. Admittedly, if rap were as creative as that song, I'd probably be much kinder to it. So there are a few trade-offs.

Rating: 8


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