This is the third album release from the “Cavalera Conspiracy” boys, with new bassist ‘Nate Newton’ from “Converge”. Bearing in mind the vast catalogue and releases from Max and Iggor since 1985; they certainly have not mellowed with age!
“Max Cavalera” usually has an easy distinguishable vocal, but this time around, Max is ghoulishly and viciously wicked; totally adding to the punk and thrashy vibe of the early days of grind core sound that this album seeps. This album is thunder fast, brutal and rough.
‘Babylonian Pandemonium’ kicks off the thunder storm with aggressive exasperation and relentless riffs which carries the brutal theme across the entire album, with hard core drum work and dark bass grinds, making you feel dirty and pretty angry. ‘I, Barbarian’ is exceptionally catchy after the second listen, along with ‘Insurrection’ and ‘Not the Losing the Edge’ which slightly remind me of the “Chaos A.D.” days and Max is finally recognisable on vocals for a short period.
The aptly titled track ‘Apex Predator’ bears the aliens’ sound for which ‘Predator’ should now have his own sound-track to blare out to advise and freak out his oncoming targets, probably worthy for any new release of a Predator film as a sound track, but only if the film is worthy of such a pounding tune.
‘Father of Hate’, ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Deus Ex Machine’ are less memorable tracks but do start to wind us down ready for the calm after the storm, which is bought to us by the bonus track ‘Porra’ providing memories of the old school instrumental tribal sounds that we recognise, know and love. It doesn’t really sound any different to the standard Cavalera instrumental tribal sound we are so used to. But at least it’s a reminder of who we are listening to and is a welcome calmness after such brutality!
All in all, this is a pretty different sounding album for “Cavalera Conspiracy” and for fans of “Slayer” and “Naplam Death”. Love the change, love the boys and can’t wait to hear this live!
Cavalera Conspiracy are:
Max Cavalera – Vocals/Guitar
Iggor Cavalera – Drums/Percussion
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar
Nate Newton – Bass Guitar
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamikazi
4. I, Barbarian
6. Apex Predator
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11 Deus Ex Machine (bonus track)
12. Porra” (bonus track)