Pandemonium Naplam Records
Pandemonium is the third release from Cavalera Conspiracy, and what we get is twelve tracks of brutal, vicious, smashing your face in, groove inspired, thrashing Metal, delivered with a Punk attitude to please Metalheads the world over.
Fans of early Sepultura are going to adore this album, it is very reminiscent of the bands earlier albums where of course brother’s Max and Igor Cavalera nutured the sound of the Brazilian Metal legends, and the coming together again of the once estranged brothers sees the addition of Nate Newton on bass (Converge , Doomriders) and master shredder Marc Rizzo who returns for what is a an album of ruthless , ferocious, savagery that hasnt really been there since the Sepultura "Arise" days I feel.
Opening with "Babylonian Pandemonium" the thrashing skull mayhem erupts cracking heads, breaking bones in a frenzied pit of malevolence, it exudes venom, and then "Bonzai Kamikazee" has thrashing and smashing pit riffs that melt and annihilate your senses this is a heavy mutha , and the air raid sirens as you approach the end add a nice touch, as we are then thrown mercilessly into a rabid room of hungry rottweilers as one my favourtie track approaches "Scum" it bares its teeth and growls ,it has to be on the setlist live , as mosh pits will erupt and heads will be banged and "Scum" will be shouted and echoed around the venues.
"I , Barbarian" is speeding , blood letting and commences with killer riffs , Max Cavalera digs deep into his throaty vocal range ,its so like the old days !!! "Cramunhao" is fuckin outstanding, its shredding and drumming is a violent tornado of concussive metal delirium. "Apex Predator" will have you punching the air and singing the chrous, Rizzos guitar screams and throttles your mind, as Igors drums continue to be , crashed and slammed.
"Insurrection" rises and has a jaw breacking guitar solo to be savoured then"Not Lot Losing The Edge" is a punky thrashing monster , its fast , and even touches on an asian vibe musically , and like the title, this band arent "Losing The Edge"! "Father of Hate" is a track where you can feel the intensity and abhorrence in Caveleras voice , Igors drums come to the fore more on this track and thump, thump into your very being.
Nate Newton gets to add his vocals on "The Crucible" and is a uncompromising vehement number.
Hardcore territory is crossed on "Deux ex Machina".
Final track "Porra" is a tribal, flamenco tinged tune where Cavalera displays his fiercely proud roots.
So to sum up I would say "Pandemonium" is the closest to recapturing the spirit of the brothers former glories ,it is a must have!!!!
Review Seb Di Gatto Score: 9/10
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
8.Not Losing The Edge
9.Father Of Hate
11.Dues Ex Machina