Dark Ages

Dark Ages

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by Soulfly
     
 
There's not much to be said about Dark Ages that hasn't been said about Max Cavalera's several other masterworks to date. Whether you're talking about his masterworks with Sepultura (Chaos A.D. and Roots) or Soulfly (Soulfly and Prophecy<

Overview

There's not much to be said about Dark Ages that hasn't been said about Max Cavalera's several other masterworks to date. Whether you're talking about his masterworks with Sepultura (Chaos A.D. and Roots) or Soulfly (Soulfly and Prophecy), or even his one-off Nailbomb album (Point Blank), the praise often seems the same: bloody-meat raw production, subtly dynamic songwriting, the obligatory ethnic experimentation, an in-your-face delivery, varyingly passionate conception, and a ceaseless emphasis on rage and revolution. Sure, his Soulfly catalog has its share of miscues -- namely Primitive and III, which were both spotty -- but for the most part, Cavalera rarely ceases to deliver fascinating music, even at this distant point practically 20 years into his career. Dark Ages is no exception in this regard. The 15-song album never does hit a lull. It arcs slightly, kicking off with a punch to the face and peaking with "Molotov," "Frontlines," and "Innerspirit" before drifting into edgier waters of experimentation that ultimately recede with the album closer, the ten-minute instrumental "Soulfly V." Some would say that Dark Ages is one of the least "Brazilian" of Cavalera's Soulfly albums to date (an unfair metric that pointlessly gets dragged out every time he releases a new album), and sure, it certainly does seem more straightforwardly metal than some of his previous albums. Still, it's far from straight metal. Rather, it's alternative metal in the proper, welcome sense of the term. It's rare to encounter such a surefooted metal album that plays so well -- one that is fresh-sounding without being forced to be, and one that comes from a veteran act yet still seems vital, if not downright unique. This has come to be expected from Cavalera, however. So is it just another Soulfly album, then? Not exactly. It actually might the best one yet, if only because it takes the work of the past albums one step further. For instance, the self-titled Soulfly album from 1998 was a monster in its day -- a really exciting album to hear, and a trendsetter to boot. Relative to Dark Ages, though, it seems meager. So at this point, five albums and seven years into the Soulfly canon, you have to wonder how much closer Cavalera can tread toward perfection. He's damn close here, for sure. Remember that, because after all these years of fascinating music and few miscues, it's all too easy to take Cavalera for granted.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861819125
catalogNumber:
618191

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soulfly   Primary Artist
David Ellefson   Bass
Billy Milano   Vocals
Max Cavalera   Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Berimbau,Group Member
Joel Nunez   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Stefan Goldmann   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Sitar,Korg
Paul Fillipenko   Vocals
Alexsander Hrenov   Balalaika,Spoons
Nemanja "Coyote" Kojic   Vocals
Alexander Yushin   Bayan

Technical Credits

Billy Milano   Composer
John Michael Gray   Engineer
Max Cavalera   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Whelan   Illustrations
Leo Zulueta   Logo
Gloria Cavalera   Executive Producer,Management
Milan "Bare" Barkovic   Engineer
Paul Fillipenko   Composer
Darya Jubenko   Engineer
Christina Stojanovic   Management

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Dark Ages 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
The March is one of the blackest tunes ever written for the modern age where all of the instruments of modernity during our black age of the of time of machines are displayed at their classical forte. I normally like Morbid Visions of Bestiality much better and blacker and War for Territory for that matter. "Years of fighting / beating my son / to believe in damaged / racist human beings / the race is slow to win / shame and regeret / at the fight / you was possessed... War for territory How can we get it symphonic now gents? You can see the weakness of a man right through his iris. Where is Joseph Hyden when you need him? A One Dragonslave and Beastlord.