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“Inflikted” by Cavalera Conspiracy

Artist: Cavalera Conspiracy
Title: “Inflikted”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 3/24/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

It seemed that while the legendary Brazilian Metal band Sepultura had continued on for many years with different members in its roster that the hardest core of its following had not so secretly hoped for a reunion of the band with singer Max Cavalera fronting it once again. For many this made sense as over time the band had morphed quite a bit from its original style with their no longer new singer Green, but when Igor Cavalera chose to move on from the lineup as well it seemed as though the brothers would never again be working together – until now. Presenting the Cavalera Conspiracy, a reunion of sorts but in truth also a brand spanking new and exciting collaboration between the siblings that is sure to satisfy even the most critical of the Sepultura legions. The band also features the talents of Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Il Nino) and Joe Duplantier (Gojira) on guitar and bass respectively and in the end delivers a crushing debut that offers a number of highlights. One could expect that with this lineup making up the bands core that there would be tastes of the Thrashing we found in bands like Soulfly and Sepultura with a lot of the groove we found in Gojira and in the end that is pretty much was is to be found on this hell raising release. The album starts off strong and finds the brothers in a lock with one another that might surprise those who recall the more than ten years it had been since they worked on material together. It’s great to find that the familial bond had kept these guys in sync with one another and the tightness of the band can literally be felt on every track. The album begins with “Inflikted”, which is not only a crushing intro to the band but it had a tasty Middle Eastern guitar vibe during parts of it that made it all the more interesting. Coincidently, “Inflikted” was supposed to be the bands name but I think it was the wiser choice to play off the family name for this project. “Sanctuary” will start off the circle pits without question as Rizzo deftly displays just how good a guitarist he is over the thundering drumming of Igor, it’s a tune that is half Thrash and half slow breakdowns that will really get the audience moving when delivered in concert.
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Cavalera Conspiracy @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (7/19/2008)

The Cavalera Conspiracy found the brothers formerly known for their work in Sepultura back in action together again. The tour also featured The Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown and Incite and we were on point to deliver the story. Readers can scroll past the logo below to be brought to the article.

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Artist: Cavalera Conspiracy
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, Incite
Date: 7/19/2008
Label: Roadrunner Records

There was a lot of excitement in the Metal community when it became known that Max and Igor Cavalera were not only going to be recording and releasing a new album, but also doing some touring in support of it. The album was titled “Inflikted” and the band would come to be known as the Cavalera Conspiracy. It would feature not only Max and Igor, but also Marc Rizzo of Soulfly and Joe Duplantier of Gojira and be a straight ahead Metal record that delivered on all counts. The bands appearance in NYC would find them hosting not one, but two sold out nights at The Fillmore NY venue. We would hit the Saturday performance and make sure that we were in place to enjoy all five of the bands that would be featured on the bill this evening. Clearly this was going to be a long night, and the summer heat was only going to escalate with this much Metal to absorb. Incite would be the first group up for the night.
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“Live In Sao Paulo” by Sepultura

Artist: Sepultura
Title: Live In Sao Paulo
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/8/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 6/10

Sepultura are considered one of the most powerful forces for Metal and when you speak their name in their native land of Brazil they are considered as Gods. Their appeal to legions of Metal fans has wavered a little since lead singer Max Cavalera had left to form Soulfly. In his place the American Derrick Green continues to lead the band in a full assault charge. His sound is different from Max’s and leans to a more Hard Core style than the Thrashing that Max was bringing to the table. Musically Andreas Kisser, Igor Cavalera and Paulo Xisto sound pretty good on the album but clearly the drums and vocals seemed to be mixed a little louder on the piece. The group storms through 21 numbers and to make this a little more worth paying attention to bring out a former guitarist Jairo Guedz to jam on a few numbers. Alex from Krisiun also makes an appearance and there are some others as well. For a CD with most of its talking in Portuguese it gets a little confusing with what’s going on, but that is where owning the DVD is a good idea. Yes you read this correctly for a DVD of this concert was also issued in tandem to the CD.
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“Live In Sao Paulo” (DVD) by Sepultura

Artist: Sepultura
Title: Live In Sao Paulo
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/8/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

Released at the same time as the CD bearing the same name comes the live concert DVD from Sepultura. The Metal legends seem to pull out all of the stops to give you the best possible DVD concert that they can. As everyone knows the band no longer features Max Cavalera and instead showcases the talents of American singer Derrick Green. His different vocal register gives a little bit of difference to the older material and brings new life to the direction the band is following with him at the helm. The CD of this concert is more for the diehard purist who will enjoy it no matter what while the DVD will have a larger level of appeal. I admit I went into the release with only a fair amount of knowledge of Sepultura music for while I was hard core into the Metal they were just never a band I followed. The concert DVD comes in two parts with the first being the full show that is on the CD and a couple of bonus clips to close it out. The performance is enhanced for the crazed Brazilian audience by bringing out special guests during the show including Jairo Guedz, Alex Kolesne, Zé Gonzáles, B- Negao, & João Gordo. Given these guests included a former member of the band and someone from Krisiun you can imagine that they went over very well in the eyes of the crowd. I felt that Sepultura did a good job on this piece even though a lot of shots are on the dark side. This is the fault of the stage lighting used and not the band themselves. The vocals are mostly hard core in nature and growls the main focus through the songs that cover every album that the band has released.
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