Release date: March 29, 2011
Three years have passed since brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera joined forces (post-Sepultura) to bring us Cavalera Conspiracy and their debut album Inflikted. An album which blended the best of thrash metal with hardcore punk elements. The result was epic and beautifully violent.
It’s been a long wait, but this month the brothers, along with Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo and bassist Johnny Chow return with another aural reckoning. Blunt Force Trauma, the sophomore offering from Max and Igor accepts absolutely no bullshit, and leaves not a soul alive in this take-no-prisoners groove-fest. It is exactly what the title implies, a brutal and severe beat down in audio form. Brazil’s Cavalera Conspiracy have once again proven they are a force to be reckoned with. This bruising juggernaut of an album promises to satisfy the heaviest of metal fans.
There’s not too many other ways to describe this album other than it will simply and thoroughly leave the listener feeling like they’ve been hit by a truck. The first cut, a track called “Warlord” starts off at breakneck speed, and the hard- hitting pace continues for the entire forty-six minutes.
The intro to “Killing Inside” slows just long enough to take a deep breath before the whiplash hits. Then it’s back to the mosh pit. The band offered this track up as a free download for a couple of days back in early February.
The band sounds particularly inspired on “I Speak Hate” and “Target”.
The album’s highlights are mainly found in the overall heaviness of the production. The band’s roots in hardcore music shine here, with the guitars and vocals providing an all-you-can-beat buffet of Max’s usual politically themed crunch, while skinsman Igor provides the backbeat with all the resolve of a metal pipe. As usual Marc Rizzo’s lead guitar work is viciously electrifying, and once again proves how highly underrated he is among his axe-wielding peers.
Other goodies to be found on this crusher are Agnostic Front lead vocalist Roger Miret in a guest role on the third track on the album, a song called “Lynch Mob”. As if that wasn’t enough, the title track takes the album to the next level. This is probably one of the most pummeling tracks to be found on the entire album.
Finally, just when you think you can’t take any more, the band chugs it’s way through a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” (special edition version). This is a brooding and heavy as balls take on a classic track that would without a doubt make Ozzy proud.
Cavalera Conspiracy have come through with a vengeance on their second offering. Its sheer brutality promises a severe beating to fans of metal and hardcore music alike. Prepare for fourteen gut punchers here (if you wisely grab the special edition), the Brazilian brothers are back in force, and more than ready to kick your ass.
If there is any drawback to be found among the album’s 11 (or 14) tracks, it’s that there is an underlying dose of repetitiveness among the album’s first few tracks. I kept waiting for Igor to come unhinged behind the kit, but he seemed to follow much of the same groove early on. Fortunately there’s no taming the beast for an extended period.
Track listing (standard edition):
3. Lynch Mob
4. Killing Inside
6. I Speak Hate
8. Genghis Khan
9. Burn Waco
11. Blunt Force Trauma
Pick up the Special edition for three bonus tracks including the aforementioned Sabbath cover, “Jihad Joe” and “Psychosomatic”.