(7/10) What was it for a big moment in 2007 when the Cavalera bothers founded the Cavalera Conspiracy. And the whole thing became even more exciting when they released the debut "Inflikted" one year later. It was the time when thrash dinosaurs Sepultura have been still searching their new direction and also Soulfly was a stagnating. "Infliked" was the big 'relief' since it sound brutal and fresh. Eleven songs, eleven hits and a groove monster like "Ultra-violence".
The second album "Blunt force trauma" was build on the same pattern eventhough it couldn't live up the the outstanding debut. And with "Pandemonium" its not that much different. It seems the be the 'curse' of the Cavalera Conspirancy is that their reference album is their debut.
"Pandemonium" isn't a bad record, don't get me wrong. But it feels like they have replaced the freshness and the surprising variations from the debut with speed and pure aggression. The ones of you who read regularly my reviews know that pure speed doesn't necessarily mean to me to become more heavy. In this case it leads to predictable songs that all follows a similar pattern. This doesn't really work very well for my ears. On top of that the sound of "Pandemonium" is a bit dull and not that clean and powerful as in the earlier days.
Eventhough the review so far sounds very critical the album also has it's highlights. If "Infliked" was the hurricane, "Pandemonium" is still a metal storm and no breeze. Tracks like the raging "Scum", the grooving "Not loosing the edge" with the infernal guitar lines and the more experimental "Porra" are aural assaults, performed very well.
A lot of other bands would be happy to call such an album their own, but from experienced guys like the Cavalera brothers I have expected a bit more.
- Babylonian pandemonium
- Bonzai kamikazee
- I, barbarian
- Apex predator
- Not losing the edge
- Father of hate
- The crucible
- Deus ex machina
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Thrash Metal