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Album Review: Cavalera Conspiracy- Blunt Force Trauma


The review for the Cavalera Conspiracy album is here.

I have had this album for a little while now, and I have made every effort to listen to it whenever I can.

First, I want to give a quick overview of Cavalera Conspiracy’s first album, Inflikted, released in March of 2008.  The Inflikted album was great, and it really was a solid groove metal album.  But there was something I didn’t like about the album.  I guess the biggest problem I had with the Inflikted album was that most of the songs had a bunch of atmosphere-type add-ons to the songs, artificially lengthening the song without substance.  It became a little frustrating when it came to making a mix for running or working out.  There would be this great song, but it would end with a minute of noise.  Other than that, the album was great.

Fast forward three years to their newest release, Blunt Force Trauma, releasing this month.  I was very excited to get a hold of this album.  It was definitely one of my top five anticipated albums of the year (so far). 

The first thing I will say about this album is that it is a good album.  There are some groove metal songs as well as a lot of thrash metal riffing.  Cavalera Conspiracy must have had a lot of people tell them to knock off all the atmosphere stuff on a thrash album, and they listened.  There are no songs with any of the long-winded atmosphere, which means it is straight music from beginning to end. 

The album has 11 songs, 1 of those songs being a 1:51 thrash snippet (Torture).  The album itself is only 34 minutes long, with the longest track being “Genghis Khan” at 4:23.  Whether you think this is a good or bad length for the album is up for debate, but I think they could have squeezed another song or two on the album. 

When I say this is a good album, it is mainly because there is 34 minutes of music, and all the music on the album is good.  That being said, every song has parts that I really like, but every song has parts that I don’t like.  It’s kind of a weird feeling listening to a song only to wait for the part of the song that I like.  Overall, though, I liked the album.  The musicianship on this album is great, and it shows an improvement from the last album, almost like they went out of their way to make it a little more technical.  Some specific parts on the album that I like- 1) the voiceover-type lyrics in “Genghis Khan” is reminiscent of old Sepultura stuff, 2) the guest vocals of Roger Miret of Agnostic Front on “Lynch Mob” (who I have never heard before but I like,) 3) the syncopated vocals in the title track.  Like I said, parts of songs were great for me. 

So, in conclusion, I give Cavalera Conspiracy’s Blunt Force Trauma 4 out of 5 devil horns.  A solid album, but I guess I just expected more.

Agree or Disagree?  Chime in.  All are welcome. 

Have a great day.

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