The band's music is characterized by fast-paced, aggressive guitar riffs, complex drumming, and politically charged lyrics. Cavalera's distinctive growling vocals add to the band's intense sound, which is further complemented by their incorporation of traditional Brazilian music and percussion.
Soulfly's early albums, such as their self-titled debut and Primitive, showcased the band's raw and uncompromising sound, while later releases like Dark Ages and Conquer saw them incorporating more melodic elements into their music.
One of Soulfly's most notable collaborations was with Egyptian musician and composer Omar Faruk Tekbilek on their album Savages. The album features Middle Eastern-inspired music and lyrics that tackle war, violence, and social injustice.
Throughout their career, Soulfly have worked with various musicians from different genres, including Chino Moreno of Deftones, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and David Ellefson of Megadeth.
In addition to their music, Soulfly have been involved in various humanitarian and environmental causes, with Cavalera being a vocal advocate for animal and indigenous people's rights.
Soulfly's live performances are known for their high energy and intense mosh pits. The band's ability to connect with their fans through music and live shows has contributed to their loyal following and continued success.
One of Soulfly's most successful albums to date is their 2002 release Prophecy, which features guest appearances by members of Slipknot and Slayer. The album debuted at number 82 on the Billboard 200 chart and received critical acclaim for incorporating world music and socially conscious lyrics.
Soulfly's recent album, Ritual, was released in 2018 and features collaborations with Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and Ross Dolan of Immolation. The album explores themes of spirituality, mysticism, and the cycle of life and death.
Soulfly have faced some lineup changes throughout their career, with Cavalera being the only consistent member. However, this has not stopped the band from producing quality music and delivering intense live shows.