CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Signs with Napalm Records

Cavalera ConspiracyNapalm Records is honored to announce the signing of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.  The band, who released albums Inflikted and Blunt Force Trauma, have signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian based label.  The band revolving around the legendary brothers Max and Igor Cavalera is currently working on their still untitled third studio effort.

“I am so excited that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY has signed with Napalm Records.  This is gonna be our third album and it’s going to be a brutal grind-core style.  I am already working on the riffs, and it is going to come out next year.  Get ready to be brutalized by CAVALERA CONSPIRACYand Napalm Records!” - Max

“I am very excited to record the new CC record…Me and Max have been planning this for a while, and all I can say is that it will be a ‘Brutal’ record.  Also I’m super proud to join Napalm Records, home of lots of amazing artists.” - Igor

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)

Watch Part One of Making of STRIFE’s New Album

6131 Records and STRIFE give you an inside look into the making of the band’s upcoming album Witness A Rebirth.

This first video from the three part documentary series, “The Sao Paulo Sessions,” takes you down to Mix Nova Studios in Brazil and shows the recording process with drummer Iggor Cavalera (ex-SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, MIXHELL).  Directed and edited by Pablo Menna.

STRIFE traveled to Brazil to start the recording process with producer Nick Jett. Soon after, they returned to California and put the rest of the pieces into place, including guest vocals by Billy Graziadei (BIOHAZARD) and Scott Vogel (TERROR), plus a guitar solo by Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY).

STRIFE‘s Witness A Rebirth is due out this Fall on 6131 Records.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY @ House of Blues, Anaheim, CA (04/29/11)

The latest CAVALERA CONSPIRACY tour gives the chance for fans to enjoy songs from Blunt Force Trauma, as well as seeing Max and Igor Cavalera tear up some SEPULTURA songs. It’s unlikely that there will ever be a reunion of the “classic lineup” for SEPULTURA, so CAVALERA CONSPIRACY may be the next best thing. While Igor missed the show in Hollywood due to visa issues, he was behind the kit in Anaheim, and certainly did not disappoint.

Marc Rizzo was lively on stage and performed flawlessly – also for the first time in recent years, he left his trademark hat at home. Although Max seemed to be more focused on singing and getting the crowd involved than playing his guitar and guitar parts, Rizzo more than adequately covered the guitars.

Igor never skipped a beat as the drums sounded great in the club, and his chops were just as lethal now as they were in 1991.

Max was on stage sporting an old NAPALM DEATH shirt, and showed that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is a more simple “going back to the roots” project than his main band, SOULFLY. Although the band seemed to have more energy during the Inflikted tour, this was another excellent show put on by the Cavalera brothers, and hearing old SEPULTURA songs with Max and Igor will never get old.

The band cruised through a good balance of songs from the two CAVALERA albums and SEPULTURA material. Songs from Inflikted, including “Ultra-Violent” and “The Doom of All Fires,” incited the crowd. But when Ritchie Cavalera came on stage to sing “Black Ark,” a frenzy of bodies marched into the pit. From Blunt Force Trauma, the band played the title track, “Killing Inside,” and a few others to promote the new album, but the crowd was most excited for the SEPULTURA material.

CAVALERA and co. blasted through a sped up version of “Arise” to the delight of the crowd, and also brought out the oldie but goodie, “Troops of Doom,” which sounded excellent with the precision of Igor’s drumming and Mark Rizzo’s mastery of the axe. The band closed out the night with the SEPULTURA fan favorite, “Roots Bloody Roots” and the frantic audience dispersed into the night, mingling with tourists and the Disneyland crowd.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – Blunt Force Trauma

Now that the celebration of the Cavalera brothers reuniting and putting out a strong, hard hitting debut album is over, we can all see what album number two from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is all about from purely a musical perspective. Blunt Force Trauma is good but the songs as a whole are simply not as good as its predecessor.

With any Max Cavalera release, you can expect plenty of hooks and catchy riffs and the new album is no different. His charismatic vocals and easy to follow vocal lines are all there. In a lot of subtle ways, Max has expanded his riffing vocabulary to include new thrash sounds as well as more of a simple, punk-like songwriting approach.

Igor Cavalera took a “less is more” approach to his drumming, which resulted in his least intricate drumming performance since the first two SEPULTURA releases. Sure, he keeps the tempo with his expected power but many of the characteristics that make Igor such a distinct and excellent drummer have been omitted on Blunt Force Trauma. Those powerhouse fills are largely gone and any trademark tribal rhythms are relegated to one song intro (“Burn Waco“).

Having said all that, Blunt Force Trauma still delivers urgent punk-influenced, thrash/death metal that is perfect for a live environment. There are some really cool songs such as “I Speak Hate,” “Target,” and “Burn Waco.” The band is not out to revolutionize metal nor create a super technical album. It’s all about creating catchy, fast, aggressive songs that get the blood moving. Thus, the album does exactly what it sets out to do. (Roadrunner Records)

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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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – Inflikted

It’s been a very long thirteen years since brothers, Max and Igor Cavalera, wrote music together. While many fans still long for a full SEPULTURA reunion, fans have CAVALERA CONSPIRACY to enjoy in the meantime. Starting off with the opening track, “Inflikted,” the band set the tone for the album with an immediate shot of adrenaline – uptempo, hard hitting metal/punk. And do Max and Igor sound great together? Fuck yeah, they do. They lock in perfectly, and it’s obvious that they haven’t lost a single step (just listen to Dark Ages and Dante XXI). Musically, the album sounds a lot like the return to Max‘s (and Igor‘s) brutal/extreme roots that was SOULFLY‘s last album, Dark Ages. However, here there may be even more of those fast, brutal riffing of early SEPULTURA. Also, there are a healthy helping of new riffing styles that have never been heard before in Max‘s back catalogue. Igor not only lays down a top-notch metal/punk foundation for the songs but also adds his unique flare for tribal drumming in numerous parts of Inflikted. His godly precision, skill, and power are definitely steps above any of today’s flavor of the month metal drummers. Lead guitarist Marc Rizzo plays a pivotal role with his excellent shredding skills. His lead work takes the songs to another level and can be found in not only the solo sections, but intros and main riffs of songs. GOJIRA vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier‘s most noticeable contribution lays in his MORBID ANGEL-worshipping riff contribution in “Ultra-Violent” and his backing vocals in “Dark Ark” and the aforementioned song. Inflikted, as a whole, is just a very strong package of catchy, memorable songs that possesses the urgency of those classic punk/hardcore records that Max and Igor grew up on in Belo Horizonte. Is Inflikted the best album of 2008? Maybe not, but it might be the most charismatic, memorable, and relevant album. (Roadrunner Records)

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: Debut Album Drops March 25th

Max and Igor Cavalera‘s CAVALERA CONSPIRACY have announced a March 25th release date for their debut album through Roadrunner Records. The band, rounded out by Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY) and Joe Deplantier (GOJIRA), marks the first effort between the ex-SEPULTURA brothers since 1996′s Roots album.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s album was recorded this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). The album will feature 11 tracks including “Inflikted“, “Bloodbrawl“, “Terrorize” (formerly “Holy Poison“), “The Doom of All Fires“, “Ultra-Violent” and “Sanctuary“. A cover of POSSESSED‘s classic song, “The Exorcist,” was also recorded for a possible B-side release.

INFLIKTED Change Name to CAVALERA CONSPIRACY; Sign with Roadrunner

Brother’s Max and Igor Cavalera (ex-SEPULTURA) have changed the name of their new band from INFLIKTED to CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, due to conflicts with many other bands already using that name.  The band will still appear as INFLIKTED at the annual D-Low memorial show on August 31st at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.

In other news, the band, which also feature SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo and GOJIRA vocalist Joe Deplantier (on bass), have reportedly inked a deal with Roadrunner Records.  Their debut release is expected in early 2008.

Visit the band’s MySpace page for more information: http://www.myspace.com/officialinflikted.

Max, Igor Cavalera Name New Band INFLIKTED; Launch MySpace Page

Former SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera, who recently reunited for the first time in 10 years, have tentatively decided on INFLIKTED as the name of their new project.  The band, which also features GOJIRA vocalist, Joe Duplantier, on bass and SOULFLY shredder, Mark Rizzo, on guitar, are currently in the studio working on their debut with producers Dirty Icon (Logan Matter and Lucas Banker).  A late 2007 release via Roadrunner Records is expected.  Visit the band’s newly launched MySpace page here: http://www.myspace.com/officialinflikted