|1st track of the album Prophecy|
|Sung by||Max Cavalera|
|Genre(s)||Groove metal, nu metal, thrash metal|
|Written by||Max Cavalera|
|Produced by||Max Cavalera|
|Alternate title||"This Is the Prophecy"|
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|Released on||February 14, 2004|
"Prophecy" is the leadoff and title track of the Soulfly album Prophecy, released in 2004. This song deploys half-tribal rhythms and downtuned guitar with riffs resembling Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots". This song begins with a high-pitch post-industrial sample somewhat resembling a siren, up and down riffs, and lines of catchy vocals typical of Soulfly songs; the song ends with fast, thrashy riff with Cavalera chanting "New millennium tribal War" four times. This is one of five songs on this album to feature Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, playing bass for the whole song. Max Cavalera often roars in this song. The outro features wails by Asha Rabouin.
This song is about prophets predicting a world war. The lyrics has storylines about a group of tribes deconstructing cities in the desert next to the Red Sea, before marching to Mountains of Zion. While marching the way, they see a blind sheep, crown of thorns, and flag of the conquering lion. After reaching the destination, prophecy continues with tribal war in the new millennium.
This opening track is the only single as well as the only official music video released from the album. The music video has scenes of Soulfly members playing this song on top of pillar rock formation in Monument Valley, Utah.
I see the Red Sea part in front of me I see the desert clouds bleed above me I'm with the prophets on the final destiny We'll fight the heathens and the ghost enemy This is the prophecy This is the prophecy I see the money beggars on the last temptation We're marching now through the devastation I'm with the prophets on a mission of salvation Cities falling, nations falling nations This is the prophecy This is the prophecy I see the new millennium tribal warfare I see them blind sheep going nowhere The new exodus, just like they said I see the crown of thorns, you know I was there This is the prophecy This is the prophecy I see the times in this armageddon I see the flag of the conquering lion I must reach the mountains of Zion I'm with the prophets and the prophecy goes on This is the prophecy This is the prophecy New millennium tribal war New millennium tribal war New millennium tribal war New millennium tribal war
- Max Cavalera – vocals, four-string rhythm guitar
- Marc Rizzo – lead guitar
- David Ellefson – bass guitar
- Joe Nuñez – drums, percussion
- John Gray – keyboards, samples
- Max Cavalera – lyrics, music
- John Gray – engineering, recording, digital editing
- Sam Hofstedt – additional engineering
- Terry Date – mixing
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Max Cavalera – production
Live-only songs on various albums