Album Review: Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium
Posted by Reggie
Length: 52 Minutes
Previous Albums: Inflikted (2008); Blunt Force Trauma (2011).
Location: United States / Brazil
FFO: Anything that involves Max Cavalera and/or classic Sepultura.
Consistently, Cavalera Conspiracy has been able to offer at least a few reliably violent songs that inspire the possibility of breakables soaring across the room. And, of course, that is a good feeling. Both of their first two albums were strong efforts in my humble opinion though I thought they fell short on diversity. Inflikted and Bunt Force Trauma were edgy, thrashy, punky, and for lack of better terminology very fierce albums. But, they were also straightforward and once the albums started; maintained a familiar tone. Pandemonium takes the efforts of the first two albums and moves things along to the next slightly more interesting chapter in Cavalera Conspiracy camp.
The first thing that caught my ear was Max’s vocal approach. Even listening on pretty good headphones at #11, his voice is obscured and buried in the background a little bit. I am not sure if this was a mixing issue or intentional, but his growl would certainly suit a death metal album very well. It was damn guttural at times and if that was intentional then let’s hear it better! There are some tribal elements as you would expect, but mostly on the closer, Porra and a few bits in between and during some songs. Another thing that struck my fancy was the length of this album. Fifty two minutes is a long time when the music holds a steadily aggressive cadence. Some songs display a flair for groove such as Not Losing The Edge; the one I’ll mention because I liked it a lot. As far as the album as a whole all is not lost on the intensity factor.
The two songs featured below, Babylonian Pandemonium and Banzai Kamikazee sum up pretty much everything you need to know about the album. That lack of diversity that I thought made the first two albums suffer a bit, are (at least somewhat) corrected on Pandemonium with the tribal insertions and some of the guitar work. Overall, with Max and Igor together, Pandemonium features some of that raw appeal of early Sepultura. Pandemonium doesn’t necessarily break new ground, but in the grand scheme of Cavalera Conspiracy it’s another enjoyable and just a heavy as hell experience.