Soulfly Drop 360 Video for ‘Ritual’ Title Track
Soulfly have released the title track for their upcoming 11th album Ritual, which comes out October 19. The band dropped the song as a 360 degree video.
Following less than a month after their first new single, "Evil Empowered," "Ritual" features the type of tribal beats and rhythmic groove that defined the last Sepultura album Max Cavalera worked on, 1996's Roots, and his first two albums with Soulfly, 1998's self-titled offering and 2000's Primitive.
"['Ritual'] took a long time and almost didn't make the record," said Cavalera in a statement. "We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio. We ended up having to fly [producer] Josh Wilbur out to my house to finish the vocals. He kept on telling me he wanted more of that 'tribal shit' like some of the stuff on our first record and Primitive. We ended up creating the chorus on the spot and layering something like 12 or 16 tracks of chanting for it."
At first, Cavalera wasn't sure if he had recaptured lightning in a bottle, but when he heard what Soulfly and Wilbur had done, he couldn't have been happier. "After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other," he said. "Josh just turned to me and said that was what he wanted to hear as a fan, and he was really happy to get that out of me. We both knew it was a new Soulfly classic for the ages and had to be the album opener. I'm really proud of this song and I think old-school fans of my work are going to love it."
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