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)