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"Ritual"
Ritual song
1st track of the album Ritual (2018)
Sung by Max Cavalera
Duration 4:54
Genre(s) Groove metal, death metal, thrash metal, nu metal
Written by Max Cavalera
Produced by Josh Wilbur
Next track
"Dead Behind the Eyes"
Single
Released on August 31, 2018
Record label Nuclear Blast

"Ritual" is the lead and title track of the album Ritual. This is the second single released from the album. It was the first Soulfly song video to be released where it allows viewers to pan around the surroundings by dragging on the video screen. The cover art shows the view when turned 180° from that shown on the album cover in the 360° video. The symbols shown on the yellow band are hieroglyphs.

Max Cavalera said that this song took a long time to record and almost didn't make the album. It was recorded as an instrumental then added vocals at Max Cavalera's house with producer Josh Wilbur. Adding to the finished song, two Navajo men chant and beat drums in the intro part before it all began. Musically the song resembles that of "Ratamahatta" and has guitar lines reminiscent of the title track in Prophecy, though Jeff Maki of Live Metal says this is "Back to the Primitive Part II". It features breakdowns with massive hooks. The lyrics is about the ritual of metal and life.

Lyrics Edit

Refugee... silence... agony
Crawling back to me
My inner hell set free...
Sacrifice
Acceptance at a price
Solidarity...
Fuck you I am integrity

Insurrection...
Ritual aggression

(Hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’)
Ritual... ritual

Culminate
While we instigate
See my scars of hate
This is the new dark age
Build upon
A war that can’t be won
Infernal agony
Just set me free...

Insurrection...
Ritual aggression

(Hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’)
Ritual... ritual

When you’re facing the end
Your pilgrimage begins...

Order out of chaos
Order from disorder

(Hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’ hey ‘a’)
Ritual... ritual

Order from disorder
Ritual

Video Edit

SOULFLY - Ritual (360° OFFICIAL TRACK VIDEO)

SOULFLY - Ritual (360° OFFICIAL TRACK VIDEO)

More videos of this song

Personnel Edit

Performers

Session musicians

  • Gary Elthe – chants, drums
  • Travis Stone – additional chants

Songwriter

Enginucers

Navigation of Soulfly songs Edit

Live-only songs on various albums

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