Release Date: November 4, 2014
When in the hell does Max Cavalera sleep? I can’t imagine that he gets very much shut-eye with the level of productivity that he maintains. Just this year the former front man of Sepultura has released Savages the ninth album by his primary band Soulfly, the absolutely brilliant eponymous debut album from his metal supergroup Killer Be Killed, and his autobiography My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond.
Now, to top it all off, along with brother Igor Cavalera and their band Cavalera Conspiracy, he has released his most brutal offering since the early days of his tenure at the helm of Sepultura, titled Pandemonium.
Pandemonium is 12 tracks spanning 51 minutes of the sort of relentlessly brutal thrash metal that first put the Cavalera brothers on the world stage in the mid eighties. It has been a long time since they have sounded this pissed off and it is glorious. The pummeling never relents for even a second through tracks such as “Scum,” “Cramunhao,” “Father of Hate,” and the pre-release singles “Bonzai Kamikaze” and “Babylonian Pandemonium,” which you can see the video for below.
There is a track near the end of the record titled “Not Losing the Edge.” If that’s the mission statement that Max and Igor Cavalera set out to prove to the metal world with this record then mission accomplished.
If you are a fan of the type of brutal, old-school thrash in the vein of Sepultura’s landmark albums Beneath The Remains and Arise, you need to give this record a listen.
Rating 8.5 out of 10