Soulfly has debuted another single from its forthcoming album, and has already coupled with with a companion video.
The band debuted the “visualization” video for its new single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘ on Friday. The song is lifted from the band’s forthcoming album Ritual and features a guest appearance by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe. The “visualization” takes audiences through a maze of rusty chains and occasional burning embers, a shot of the band and Ritual‘s cover art as the thrash style arrangement plays.
Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera explained in an interview with Sweden’s Rock Sverige that the song’s lyrical content was influenced in part by the Cenobites, the creatures from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser movies, but offered little other background on the lyrics’ meaning.
“It was really cool,” Cavalera said. “[Randy is] really tight with [producer] Josh Wilbur, and Josh has done all the Lamb of God stuff, and he was working on the Burn The Priest record, so I just told Josh to give him the tracks and “show them to him, and if there’s anything he likes, if he wants to sing on it, it’s all cool.” I didn’t have a song for him, so he showed him everything, and what Josh told me was that they were listening to it and the minute that song came on — it was nicknamed ‘Bruiser Brother’ — and the minute he heard it, it was like, “That’s it! This is the one ! I don’t wanna hear anything else.” I had already written the lyrics, so I sent him all my lyrics, and it was just good to have the Randy voice on it. He’s got a real distinctive voice, really unique, and that’s what I like about guys like him. It’s very original and you know it’s him.”
Cavalera went on to explain that the song’s musical arrangement was rooted in some familiar influences.
“That song, the vocal pattern is really based on [Sepultura’s 1987 album] Schizophrenia and ‘From The Past Comes The Storm,” Cavalera said. “It’s totally influenced by that. When I worked on that song, I worked with my son Zyon and he was listening to Beneath The Remains and asking me about songs like ‘Stronger Than Hate,’ and all those parts, and mesmerized by it, and I was like, “You know what? Let’s challenge this! Let’s make a song like that!” So I started working with him and added all those parts, and it has one of my favorite guitar solos of Marc Rizzo. I gave him a whole section. It was crafted like Ride The Lightning era. You’ve got this solid rhythm behind the leads, which not many people do. It can be kind of a headache to put it together, and it might take a little time, but I think the final result is f****** awesome.”
Cavalera stressed if he can convince Blythe to take part, he would like to make a full video for ‘Dead Behind The Eyes.’ The song’s current video is just the latest presentation to come from the album. Also released are a full 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and a stream for the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered.’
Pre-orders are open now for Ritual. The album’s track listing is noted below.
Ritual track listing:
2. Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3. The Summoning
4. Evil Empowered
5. Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
7. Blood On The Street
8. Bite The Bullet
10. Soulfly XI
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