Sound — 10
Even though the former frontman of Sepultura dedicates this disc to God and emphasizes his faith on tracks like I Believe and Moses, he still hasn't forgotten how to play the devil's music. This 56-minute set delivers the same punishing collision of tribal percussion and death-metal brutality fans have come to expect from Cavalera -- and in stronger doses than on his past couple of so-so albums. Prophecy's first five cuts come armed with stone-carved riffs that are ragged, sharp, and fresh from the grinding wheel, and hulking steamroller rhythms, until "Mars," halfway through, deviates into a placid oasis-jam of Caribbean percussion, organs, and nylon-string mariachi guitar. "I Believe" and "Moses" are perhaps Cavalera's most powerful and spiritual endeavors to date, the former a heartfelt, unpretentious excursion into melody and spoken word expression, and the latter being a fascinatingly meandering, reggae-inflected jam with Serbian group Eyesburn. Along with that, though, there's enough innovation here -- these dozen tracks incorporate everything from reggae and samba to belly-dance grooves and marching bands -- to make this the most eclectic and intriguing effort of Cavalera's career.
Lyrics — 8
Cavalera gets back to the roots of heavy metal not just with mysic, but with lyrics too.
Overall Impression — 8
Call it The Passion of Max Cavalera. Prophecy, the fourth album from the singer-guitarist's Brazilian death-thrash outfit Soulfly, is also his most spiritual album to date. The venerable Max Cavalera unfurls another diverse sonic tapestry with "Prophecy" ? and where the former Sepultura man of ideas floundered a bit with Primitive and 3, Prophecy simultaneously returns to his roots (pun intended) while successfully integrating the myriad of organic influences that resulted in his being tagged the "Bob Marley of metal."