Roadrunner Records has added more metal to their catalog and has brought forth the debut of a reunion of the Cavalera brothers, Max and Igor. Over a decade has passed since the two have shared a stage or made music together. This project is not only special because of the musical connections these Brazilian brothers share, but also because the wait for their reunion is over. Whether or not this project becomes permanent is unknown, for Max has his main band Soulfly and Igor has his electronic music project Mixhell.
The two co-founded Sepultura over twenty years ago and have now founded another thrash metal band, Cavalera Conspiracy. Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) and Joe Duplantier (Gojira) fill out the band on guitar and bass, respectively. Without even hearing a single note from these guys, you’d expect something heavy and possibly similar to Sepultura or Soulfly – and you’d be right on all accounts. The band’s debut, Inflikted, features an opening song with the same title that sounds like it came off Sepultura’s Beneath the Remains. This song could start a riot and could very well be an opening song on tour because of the madness it can stir. On the other hand, the very next song, “Sanctuary,” sounds like it came off Soulfly’s Prophecy.
With comparisons to the aforementioned bands obvious, Inflikted is also a unique assault of its own. The sound is more than just cohesion of the members’ past musical endeavors. Expect several different shades of red on this paint palette. Igor’s drums are thunderous and intense, and easily complement the squealing guitars and Max’s deep, scratchy vocals. Songs like “Ultra-Violent” and “Must Kill” are trains with a destinations of destruction, bearing chugging guitars and restless screams as their passengers. “Ultra-Violent” also features Rex Brown of Down on bass. While Rex doesn’t provide unmistakable bass lines like Les Claypool might, for example, he certainly remains noteworthy.
“We waited a long time for this beast to be set free,” says Max.