|6th track of the album Archangel|
|Sung by||Max Cavalera|
|Genre(s)||Groove metal, black metal, death metal|
|Written by||Max Cavalera|
|Produced by||Matt Hyde|
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"Shamash" is a track of the Soulfly album Archangel, released in 2015. This song features middle eastern tones, melodic solos, guitar harmony, choir and samples. Max Cavalera's collaboration on the song "Lost Tribes" by the Assyrian band Melechesh influenced his idea and writing of this song. Hence the title, this song contains lyrics about the Akkadian sun god Shamash. 'Ira Deorum', Latin for wrath of the gods, is chanted by the priests, while Max Cavalera professes in English, 'In the name of God' then 'In the name of the devil'.
Shamash - Ira Deorum (Wrath of the gods) Shamash, the fire burning Sun Supreme ruler of Akkadian Behold, Sun God, behold... I bear the fire from hell below In nomini Domini (In the name of god) In nomini Diaboli (In the name of the devil) Shamash - Ira Deorum Shamash - Ira Deorum Shamash, the center of the Soul Agathos Daemon (Good Spirit) Behold, fire, behold Nothing comes from nothing ex nihilo (Out of nothing) Shamash - Ira Deorum Shamash - Ira Deorum Root of David - Eradicate - Violate the Sabbath Hammurabi code - Eye for an eye Stabbing the heavens - Mount Sinai Tribe of Judah - Splendor of light... Retaliate
- Max Cavalera – vocals, four-string rhythm guitar
- Marc Rizzo – lead guitar
- Tony Campos – bass guitar
- Zyon Cavalera – drums
- Max Cavalera – lyrics, music
Live-only songs on various albums