Soulfly Albums Ranked

Soulfly is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1997. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. To date, the band has released eleven studio albums, one tour EP, twenty-three singles, one video album, and twelve music videos. Their debut album, Soulfly, was released on April 21, 1998, while their most recent album, Ritual, was released on October 19, 2018. Soulfly incorporates many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal and world music, much like Cavalera’s previous band Sepultura. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred, and anger. All of their first six studio albums debuted on the United States Billboard 200, with a peak position at number 32 for their second album, Primitive. Soulfly has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band has gone through numerous line-up changes. Cavalera has been the only constant member while guitarist Marc Rizzo has however appeared on all but their first three albums. Here are all of Soulfly’s albums ranked.

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10. Conquer (2008)

Soulfly – Conquer (2008, Gatefold, Vinyl) - Discogs

“A lot more focused than their last couple of albums. There are some unneeded repetitiveness to some songs, such as “Unleash”, and between songs, but for the most part this is an enjoyable tribal influenced metal disc. Max is a solid songwriter with a long career and it shows. There aren’t too many weak moments. The biggest problem is there isn’t quite enough new territory explored.”

9. Savages (2013)

Soulfly – Savages (2013, Vinyl) - Discogs

“Typical Soulfly, nothing spectacular just solid as usual. Unfortunately as in every Soulfly album the same material past and present is recycled over and over. Max has definitely lost his creativity and writes the same album over and over with a few minor tweeks.”

8. Ritual (2018)

SOULFLY | Ritual - Nuclear Blast

“Soulfly is able to distinguish each song and while some of their latter albums had a tendency to slip into the “constant speed, same riff” catagory, Ritual in my opinion definitely stood out and impressed big time. They do a great job with well placed breakdowns, mixing in a veriaty of tones and melodies, while keeping things crunchy and speedy.”

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7. Omen (2010)

Omen (Soulfly album) - Wikipedia

“It’s a slightly less simplistic album: still gruff and with plenty of emphasis on groove, but I also hear a bit of a progressive side to it, not with long or complex songs but in a definite intent to continue evolving. A lot of similarities to recent Chimaira too, that same death-influenced hardcore groove full of oppressive churning atmospheres and chugging riffs.”

6. Archangel (2015)

SOULFLY | Archangel - Nuclear Blast

“Archangel is just like any other Soulfly album: awesome, heavy, brutal, and like all others before it, catches a different vibe than its predecessor. There are a couple songs I can’t get into, but the rest of the songs more than make up for their shoetcomings, despite the albums short length (36 minutes).”

5. Dark Ages (2005)


“It’s good to hear some good thrash-groove from Max again. This album has got power for sure. First half is really strong, second one is much weaker. Tracks like “Riotstarter” or “Molotov” aren’t necessary. From other side “I and I”, “Carved Inside” or “Frontlines” sounds great. The “Soulfly V” tack is too long this time and quiet boring. Overall it’s good release, but could be better.”

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4. Soulfly (1999)

Soulfly [Special Edition] - Album by Soulfly | Spotify

“Max Cavalera left Sepultura and formed Soulfly. This album moving in the direction which was started on “Roots”. It’s more tribal, brazilian infuence on it, and Nu-Metal elements. It’s very interesting release and definetly on of the Nu-Metal best. Soulfly has got very good musicians, and really great ideas for making tracks. This album has got it’s own unique style. It’s not commercial, everything sounds raw and well produced. Some so called, tribal tracks sounds amazing like “Umbabarauma” or “Tribe”. There’a a lot of punkish angry here, it’s not as heavy as “Roots” was. There is smooth, instrumental title track, which evolved on every next Soulfly album. Overall this is very good release, one of the kind, but beware next two Soulfly albums. Recommened to everyone who likes experimental and unique metal music.”

3. ॐ (2002)

Soulfly - ॐ | Metal Kingdom

“Max exchanged some groove for thrash and Soulfly has benefitted on this transaction. The tracks are more lively and aggressive, and basically more interesting, keeping their tribal heaviness. It would have been a much better album, though, without the elements of world music, and, especially, reggae.”

2. Primitive (2000)

Primitive (Special Edition) - Album by Soulfly | Spotify

“One of those CD’s that never get old. That actually might be the record that got me into more heavier stuff and you can argue if that’s a classic metal album, but it surely is one for me. Every single track is a killer and if you’ve heard ’em live, you know what I mean. I don’t listen to it as often as I used to… but I still love every fuckin’ second of it. Also worth mentioning here – Max Cavalera is a metal god, everything he touches turns to pure fuckin’ metal.”

1. Prophecy (2004)

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“Prophecy is a standout in the Soufly catalogue and in my humble opion far and away the best Soulfly album to date. On the writing for this album Max leave’s behind much of the premature one fingered mid-paced groove/bounce guitar riffs and dishes out some real metal.”