MIXHELL – Spaces

Mixhell - SpacesTurns out that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY  and SEPULTURA co-founder Iggor Cavalera is also great at making music in a totally different universe.  The Brazilian crew known as MIXHELL, also composed of Laima Leyton and Max Blum, finally make their smashing studio album debut with Spaces.

Generally speaking, one could describe Spaces as “dance music” but pigeonholing as merely that would be doing yourself a disservice.  This album is about depth, diversity, and musicality.  The band incorporate different vibes and genres (i.e. rock, alternative, electronica, Afro-Brazilian) and instrumentation.  Speaking of instrumentation, it sounds damn good to hear the (live) drumming brilliance of Iggor and bass playing of Max throughout most, if not all, of Spaces as they prove that sometimes humans can still beat out computers.

As a note to heavy music fans, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s Greg Puciato‘s laid down the vocals on “Exit Wound.”

While most of the tracks have vocals, MIXHELL finish out the last three tracks with three killer instrumentals.  The drum beats of “White Ropes” are monstrous.    “Daria” has sweet layers of bass, guitar, and synthesizers behind a steady beat.  “Come with Me” may be the best song here with its deep emotion and understated momentum.

After spending time with MIXHELL’s debut, you will find that it only gets better.  Spaces can only further solidify the band’s place as one of the best in the business.  (Last Gang Records)

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Announce Sophomore Album, Blunt Force Trauma

Once again, anticipation is high as ex-SEPULTURA brothers, Max and Iggor Cavalera, are set to release CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s second album, Blunt Force Trauma, in March of 2011. The follow-up to 2008′s Inflikted includes participation from SOULFLY guitarist, Marc Rizzo, and FIREBALL MINISTRY‘s Johny Chow on bass.

Here’s the Blunt Force Trauma track listing:

1. “Warlord”
2. “Torture”
3. “Lynch Mob”
4. “Killing Inside”
5. “Thrasher”
6. “I Speak Hate”
7. “Target”
8. “Genghis Khan”
9. “Burn Waco”
10. “Rasputin”
11. “Blunt Force Trauma”

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: Blood Infliction

Since Max Cavalera‘s departure from SEPULTURA in 1996, the metal world has wished for none other than a SEPULTURA reunion. While that dream still remains, the recent reunion between brothers Iggor and Max has proven to be more special and meaningful. Their new project CAVALERA CONSPIRACY marks the first time the Cavalera brothers have recorded together in more than a decade. The result? A blistering infliction of thrash, punk, and metal that seethes with excitement and enthusiasm. Just before the album’s release, frontman Max took some time to express his delight to APESHIT about the reunion with his brother and the subsequent spontaneous musical output.

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