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”

SOULFLY – Omen

Ever since guitarist Marc Rizzo joined SOULFLY, he has single handedly changed the band from a nu-metal/SEPULTURA Roots-era cover band to an exciting extreme metal band with one of the most unique vocalists in the metal scene.

Amazingly, Omen is already SOULFLY’s seventh album, and the opener, “Bloodbath & Beyond,” has CAVALERA CONSPIRACY’s fingerprints all over it. “Rise Of The Fallen” and “Great Depression” are catchy tunes but the formula is one that we’ve heard before on Conquer and Dark Ages. While the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is true, frontman Max Cavalera needs to distinguish a little more between SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, as both bands can overlap each other. A song like “Jeffrey Dahmer” sounds like it could end up on either a SOULFLY or CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, depending on how he sees fit.

Kingdom,” however, is a top notch track that is uniquely SOULFLY, as Rizzo’s melodic yet aggressive approach beings out the best in Max’s vocals, and the double bass and riffs fit together with a brutal and cohesive effect. Surprisingly, Max goes back to his roots, as “Vulture Culture” has hints of NAILBOMB splashed with old punk riffs thrown together, and adds a good variety to the album. Rizzo has excellent taste of how he chooses to place his solos and his talents are brought to the forefront in “Counter Sabotage.” As with all SOULFLY releases, the instrumental “Soulfly VII” track closes out the album, contrasting all the aggression peaking beforehand.

While definitely an enjoyable listen, Omen offers nothing new that the previous Rizzo-era SOULFLY releases haven’t displayed already, but like SLAYER, fans already know what to expect and will still enjoy it anyway. (Roadrunner Records)

Second Annual METAL Art Show to Take Place November 14th in Hollywood

On November 14th, The Congregation Gallery will be hosting the second annual METAL Art Show, curated by Cam Rackman. Over 50 original paintings and sculptures by Vincent Castiglia, Max Cavalera, Johny Chow, Chris Peters, Nikko Hurtado, Christopher Conte, Cam Rackam, Cam De Leon, Axis, Zac Shavrick, Krystopher Sapp, Vince Locke, Joachim Luetke, and many more will be showcased.

Artists from TOOL, METALLICA, MARILYN MANSON, SLAYER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DAATH, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, MESHUGGAH, KREATOR, KORN, AC/DC, CANNIBAL CORPSE, and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will have new work on display, as well as an array of the world’s finest talent in metal themed art.

The event, which takes place Saturday, November 14th, will feature performances from THE DEVIL’S ORCHESTRA and THE DIRTY LOUNGE. Doors open at 9:00pm. The Congregation Gallery is located at 7569 Melrose Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046.

More info here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Congregation-Gallery/81194947054

SOULFLY – Conquer

If Dark Ages was Max Cavalera’s return to true extreme metal/punk, then Conquer is a definitive statement that nü-SOULFLY won’t be around any time soon. Conquer just might be SOULFLY’s heaviest album to date. While much of Conquer conjures up sounds and feelings of old SEPULTURA, there are plenty of (subtle) sounds and styles that we’ve never heard from Max Cavalera before. The war anthem of “Blood Fire War Hate” sets the brutal tone of the album. MORBID ANGEL’s David Vincent lays down some of his great vocals and really helps the song to reach a new level. “Warmageddon” has a great sludgy, doomy MORBID ANGEL-like intro before launching into an urgent, charging tempo that recalls Beneath the Remains and Arise. The song only gets faster and more intense and easily scorches most of today’s popular metal bands in a matter of minutes. “Enemy Ghost” sees Max bringing back the theme and mantra of rising up as evidenced by his lyrics, “Rise above and rise within.” The next song, “Rough,” is a bruiser with prime hardcore riffs that any contemporary hardcore band would sell their souls for. At this point in Conquer, you might wonder whether the intensity will take a break but the band are out to destroy and the grinding main riff of “Fall of the Sycophants” is unrelenting. The middle section of the song is also highly reminiscent of latter era DEATH complete with Chuck Schuldiner-style guitar solos. SOULFLY busts out a cool dub jam to end “Doom.” “For Those About to Rot” burns out with a cascading doom riff before turning into a meditative Middle Eastern/Indian-style interlude. “Touching the Void” is undoubtedly an homage to BLACK SABBATH with its sludgy riffs and song title (i.e. SABBATH’s “Into the Void”) that could’ve come from Master of Reality. The comparatively mellow instrumental, “Soulfly IV,” may be the best instrumental in the band’s collection thus far. It’s very impressive to hear the high quality and power of Conquer considering the fact that Max also wrote the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album at adjacent periods of time. The rest of the band are in peak form with top-notch performances. And despite what all the magazines may say or omit to say, lead guitarist Marc Rizzo is a true guitar hero and easily negates most of the media’s most touted guitar stars. Conquer effortlessly and unquestionably communicates its message through urgent, heart pounding relevant music. (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