10th track of the album Dark Ages (2005)
Sung by Max Cavalera
Duration 4:59
Genre(s) Thrash metal, industrial metal, tribal
Written by Max Cavalera
Produced by Max Cavalera
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"Riotstarter" is a song included on the album Dark Ages. This track has two very distinctive parts, like two songs in one. The first part of this track plays tribal drumming along with berimbau, balalaikas, bayan, and spoons. The second part plays The Prodigy-like semi-industrial metal where David Ellefson of Megadeth plays the bass in substitute of usual member Bobby Burns. Ellefson was a semi-member of Soulfly during the recording of their previous album Prophecy where he appeared in five tracks. The title "Riotstarter" was punned off The Prodigy song "Firestarter", which was later covered by Sepultura.

Interestingly, this song was originally recorded for their debut album under a different name. It was re-recorded to blend in with Dark Ages. There is evidence for the original proposal in the first paragraph of the lyrics that there are instances of 'Zumbi', which is common on the first album but none on Dark Ages except for this.

Lyrics Edit

"Zumbi e o senhor das guerras
Zumbi e o senhor das demandas
Quando Zumbi chega
E Zumbi quem manda"

I'm a riotstarter
Molotov's on fire
Flame is getting higher
Higher, higher, higher

I'm the bullet holes
I'm the nailbomb
Sodom and Gomarrah

I'm in tribal war
I'm spitting on your grave
A face without a name
The killer and the prey
The song remains insane

I'm the cop blaster
Fuel and disaster
I'm societ's end
Yeah you know my name...

Pissed off...
And get the fuck out
Pissed off...
And get the fuck out
Pissed off...
And get the fuck out
Pissed off...
And get the fuck out

Video Edit

Soulfly - Riotstarter

Soulfly - Riotstarter

More videos of this song

Personnel Edit


Guest/session musicians



  • John Gray – engineering, recording, digital editing
  • Milan "Bare" Barković – additional recording engineering
  • Alexkid – additional recording engineering
  • Darya Jubenko – additional recording engineering
  • John Bilberry – assistant engineering
  • Matt Marksbary – assistant engineering
  • Justin Salter – assistant engineering
  • Terry Datemixing
  • June Murakawa – assistant mixing
  • Ted Jensenmastering
  • Max Cavaleraproduction

Navigation of Soulfly songs Edit

Live-only songs on various albums

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