SEPULTURA – Quadra

SEPULTURA certainly needs no introduction, but to this day, Max Cavalera-fanboys still slam this lineup as a “cover band” and continue to bash every album released after Roots.  While there were indeed a few lackluster albums after Max’s split, Machine Messiah showed some real potential for the band to finally crawl out of his shadow.  Quadra, however, finally allows this band to break free and show some real grit and passion that was previously missing.

After a melodic start that is somewhat reminiscent of “Inquisition Symphony,” upon the first few notes you quickly realize that Quadra is different from the other Derrick Green-fronted albums.  Could it be?  Some brutality?  Pissed off aggression?  “Isolation” immediately punches you in the face with catchy, thrashy riffs the band was once known for.

Right away it’s apparent that drummer Eloy Casagrande is allowed to breathe artistically and fully showcase his talents.  Casagrande is not confined as the last few albums he played on, and his freedom to go apeshit (pun intended) is finally unleashed.   Igor Cavalera’s style is captured with Casagrande on “Means to an End” and he pays homage quite well.

Last Time” provides the aggressiveness that was lacking in a lot of the recent albums, but the progression is quite clear with choirs, melodic solos, and all-around excellent songwriting.   Shockingly, you’re still taken aback at how much firepower is on this album as the band takes no prisoners with the aural assault.

A lot of throwback ideas are on display, such as the tribal Roots-era influences on tracks like “Capital Enslavement.”   The revitalization of the band is apparent and the refreshing thrash goodness is continued on “Ali.” 

Guardians of Earth” starts off with a well-placed acoustic guitar intro before leading into some choirs, killer solos by Andreas Kisser, before transitioning to the equally epic next track.  “The Pentagram” is a track that absolutely could have been released in the Arise-era with Igor Cavalera-drum worship, flawless ripping and shredding and more and more riffs!  The almost jam-like session has an abundance of brutal, almost death metal inspired riffs, and Quadra reaches its apex at this point. 

The album drops off a bit towards the end, but this effort is most definitely the best material since Roots.  Jens Bogren once again shines in the producer seat, as the guitar crunch and heaviness of the drums are mixed perfectly without being buried in the mix of the constant barrage of Green’s vocals.

While the days of an all out thrash attack like Beneath the Remains are gone, the band as a whole has, dare we say progressed, and ultimately delivered a crushing album that rivals the ones at the pinnacle of their career in the early and mid-90’s.

Who needs a SEPULTURA reunion with Max when this album crushes anything SOULFLY has done in recent years?  Huge respect goes out to Andreas, Derrick, Paulo, and Eloy, as Quadra has already set the precedence for album of the year. (Nuclear Blast Records)

Video of the Day: Max and Igorr Cavalera Destroy Belarus

Last year Max and Igorr Cavalera celebrated the release of SEPULTURA‘s Roots by playing the album in its entirety on tour.  Currently, they are tour celebrating the two albums that put the band on the map, Beneath the Remains and Arise.  Check out their performance from the Re:public Club in Minsk, Belarus on October 5, 2018.

This is probably the most and best live guitar playing that Max has performed in a long time.  A very welcome return.

Max and Iggor Cavalera Announce “Return to Roots” Tour

Return to Roots TourTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA‘s RootsMax and Iggor Cavalera will be heading out on the Return to Roots Tour where they will be performing the entire album.   Long time SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY member Marc Rizzo will play lead guitar.

“Metalheads! It’s time,” declares Max Cavalera. “20 years ago, we released the Roots album and changed the face of metal forever. Now, we’re returning to “the roots” to show everybody the magic and inspiration of the Roots live experience! You cannot miss this RETURN TO ROOTS 2016!”

Iggor Cavalera adds, “I am very proud to play Roots again, to reaffirm that after 20 years, it still moves people! We hit the stage again with Roots to destroy everywhere we pass by!”

The US tour starts this September and opening bands include THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, COMBICHRIST, ALLEGAEON, ALL HAIL THE YETI, and ONI.  Tour dates and additional info can be found here.

Versus: SEPULTURA and Max Cavalera Cover CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI

In an interesting twist to the SEPULTURA saga, the band recently released their music video for their cover of CHICO SCIENCE and NAÇÃO ZUMBI‘s “Da Lama Ao Caos.”  Guitarist Andreas Kisser is on lead vocals.  The cover also appears on the band’s latest album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart.

Interestingly enough, Max Cavalera, following his resignation from SEPULTURA, covered the same song albeit with NAÇÃO ZUMBI 18 years earlier.  It should be noted that SOULFLY‘s first lead guitarist was actually NAÇÃO ZUMBI’s Jackson Bandeira.

Both covers are interesting for many different reasons and it’s likely a coincidence that both parties covered the same song, which undoubtedly is a well known song by a well known Brazilian band.

“Our relationship with NAÇÃO ZUMBI is very cool,”  commented guitarist Andreas Kisser. “When SEPULTURA was starting to use Brazilian percussion, CHICO SCIENCE was emerging at the same time, doing almost the opposite. While we were incorporating Brazilian music into the weight of heavy metal, they were adding the weight of rock guitars into the unique sounds of Pernambuco’s regional music. The song ‘Da Lama Ao Caos’ is an example of that.”

SEPULTURA version:

Max Cavalera with NAÇÃO ZUMBI version:

New Music from Super Group KILLER BE KILLED Online

KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have posted two new tracks from their self-titled debut. Check out the songs “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down“:

The album comes out on May 9 (Europe), May 12 (UK) and May 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2013

carcass.surgicalsteelOnce again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close.  We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS.  The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION.  We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums.  Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.

Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel.  There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create.  Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.

Continue reading

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)

Dave Lombardo to Guest on New SEPULTURA Album

Dave Lombardo, former drummer for SLAYER, will be featured on SEPULTURA‘s upcoming album. Lombardo was having some quality-time with his kids and dog at the beach near the studio where SEPULTURA is recording, when producer Ross Robinson asked him if he wanted to guest on the recording.

Commented guitarist Andreas Kisser: “He came and it was so nice, so special, so awesome! He is one of the nicest guys in business and he enjoyed the idea a lot. Ross and Mike prepared two drum sets on the living room, facing each other, no cymbals, just tribal drums! When the mics were all ready and running Eloy and Dave started playing and the magic was on; so great! The part they recorded will be a special part on the middle of one of the songs. It came out crazy!”

SEPULTURA have reunited with producer Ross Robinson for their upcoming record, which is tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is currently being tracked at Robinson‘s studio in Venice, California and is being co-produced by Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on their Nation (2001), Revolusongs (2002) and Roorback (2003) albums.

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.