Sound — 9
This record is a lot heavier and the sound is darker than the last albums. With the Intro "The Dark Ages" and the following track "Babylon" Max Cavalera creates the new feeling perfectly. Dark Ages is very heavy and a sometimes the tracks sound a bit simple but in the next moment Soulfly creates some amazing sounds and that makes the songs great. There are also soft instrumentals wich creates some little dreamworlds on the album. Soulfly still keeps the Soulfly-sound but it's overall a bit more like in old Sepultura days and the darkside is unmistakably.
Lyrics — 7
The Lyrics are simple wordphrases and a lot of shouts and roar. Some people would say too simple but I think they show the force behind the meanings, and if you know a bit about Max' family and their tragical cases of death you'll know they are deeper as they look the first time. Just hear "Staystrong," Max sings with with the young Richie Cavalera about their pain - impressive!
Overall Impression — 8
Max goes back to his roots and creates something new. It's dark, heavy, beautiful and brutal! The first tracks are very angry then the album goes a bit more spiritual with jungledrums and tribalchant. In the middle it loses a bit of change but with the end it picks up the drive again. Good album overall!