American metal band Soulfly recently announced an October release date for their new album Ritual, and on Friday they debuted the title track along with a 360° video. For “Ritual”, Soulfly returns to the tribal sound heard on some of their earlier music and the video features the artwork from the album. Check out the video below.
Soulfly vocalist/ guitarist and former Sepultura front man, Max Cavalera, said this about working on the new song:
“This song took a long time and almost didn’t make the record. We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio. We ended up having to fly Josh Wilbur ( producer) 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 of 16 tracks of chanting for it. After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other. 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.”
Ritual is Soulfly’s 11th studio album and was produced, mixed and recorded by Josh Wilbur. The album features guest performances by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) and Ross Dolan ( Immolation) and is scheduled for release October 19 via Nuclear Blast. As reported earlier this summer, the band debuted another new song, “The Summoning” during one of their live shows. “The Summoning” is the third track on Ritual.
The cover art for Ritual was painted by artist Eliran Kantor with additional booklet artwork and package design handled by Marcelo Vasco.
Videos utilizing 360° technology are increasingly popular amongst musicians looking for new and interesting ways to create music videos. The video for Soulfly’s title track, “Ritual” allows the viewer to experience the image from all angles, as if being immersed into the artwork itself.
Pre-order is available in digital and physical formats here.
Ritual track list:
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