Once 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.
Napalm 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
Turns 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, 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.
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.
The world’s first extreme metal cruise, Barge to Hell, featuring 40 bands of extreme metal’s best bands is set to depart from Miami, Florida on December 3, 2012 for Nassau, Bahamas and back on December 7, 2012. Tickets are now on sale. The luxury cruise will feature two performances from each band on three different stages, karaoke, and more.
So far 21 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
ARTILLERY AT THE GATES BELPHEGOR ENSLAVED HACKNEYED HYPOCRISY KAMPFAR KRISIUN LOUDBLAST MOONSPELL MORGOTH PARADISE LOST POSSESSED ROTTING CHRIST SACRED REICH SANCTUARY SEPULTURA SIX FEET UNDER SODOM SOILWORK SOLSTAFIR
“We are so excited to go back to North America,” commented SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. “Last year was great but this time we have the new album Kairos out and people already know the new stuff. Plus, it’s the first time we are touring with our long time friends in DEATH ANGEL and our brothers from Brazil KRISIUN. Finally we have a chance to tour with a Brazilian band outside Brazil; a long time wish! So prepare yourselves for an amazing and historical tour. North America deserves some real extreme and intense metal! See you all soon on the RELENTLESS WORLDWIDE TOUR, DESTROY!”
2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.
We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!! Continue reading →
2012 will see the release of Enslaved, a brand new SOULFLY album, which will be their eighth overall. 2012 also marks the band’s 15th anniversary of the band.
The lineup features Max and guitar dynamo Marc Rizzo, with STATIC-X‘s Tony Campos taking up the bass. The lineup is rounded out by ex-BORKNAGAR drummer David Kinkade.
Enslaved was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona and was produced by Zeuss and Max Cavalera.
SOULFLY also collaborates with Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER and Travis Ryan of CATTLE DECAPITATION. Ryan said it was “an honor to receive a call from someone you had pictures of on your wall as a kid.”
Cavalera also wrote a song “Revengeance” about his slain stepson Dana, whose death was the catalyst for the creation of SOULFLY. He partners with his sons Igor and Richie on vocals, while his other son Zyon plays drums. It is the first time Max has performed with three of his sons.