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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's working on a new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Groove Metal, News

The Cavalera brothers are back! Max and Iggor Cavalera, who created some of the most influential metal records in music history with Sepultura and inspiring the heavy and extreme music scene over decades, are currently hard at work in the studio in Phoenix, Arizona, to record the fourth album of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!

Set to be released in the Fall of 2017 on Napalm Records, Max and Iggor have now left a message to their fans and the worldwide metal community with a first teaser and greetings from the studio. Check it out right 

Produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, the recordings of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's upcoming album will be documented by Horns Up Rocks, titled 'The Conspiracy Diaries'. These exciting studio episodes will be released over the next months and will share an in-depth view behind the scene's of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's work in the studio. 

The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band Sepultura as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the Remains, Arise and Chaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre's horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996. A decade after Max left Sepultura and meanwhile released seven successfull records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage.

Get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, as the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall!

Max Cavalera – Vocals, Guitar 
Iggor Cavalera – Drums, Percussion 
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar 
Johny Chow – Bass
Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)


CD review SEPULTURA "Machine Messiah"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, Heavy Metal

(8/10) My level of curiosity rises when Brazilian thrashers Sepultura announce a new longplayer. The excitement comes less from the question if the new album comes closer again to the earlier releases. It’s more based on the fact that the band constantly improved their sound over the last years, leading to some really good longplayers such as “Kairos” and “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must be the Heart”.

What sounded a bit bumpy in the early phase of the post-Cavalera era became more and more a strongly smashing metal outfit again. Derrick Green is fully integrated, not a too big of a surprise considering that he joined 19 years ago. Not to forget in this context drummer Eloy Casagrande who joined in 2011. His power of youth added another energy boost to Sepultura.

“Metal Messiah” is the newest record done by the Brazilian quartet, an album that picks it up where the guys ended with “The Mediator…”.

The title track kick-starts this heavy sound experience. To my surprise it begins dark and slow. Green is singing and the riffs are slow and heavy, all with a certain Alice In Chains melody line. The song builds up to a gloomy thrasher while staying in a slower tempo. It’s a good and brave opener that’s followed by a typical Sepultura track called “I Am the Enemy”. This number is pushing from beginning to end. It’s rock-hard and not intended to take prisoners.

Song number three, “Phantom Self” pays attention to the “Roots”-days. Even though there are some oriental samples added, the tune reminds of “Roots Bloody Roots”, esp. when it comes to the chorus.

“Iceberg Dances” is a cool instrumental that refers to the South American roots, “Resistant Parasite” is a grooving metal monster and “Silent Violence” is everything but not ‘silent’. This track is loud and a musical smash in your face. Towards the end Sepultura shifts gears. “Vandals Nest” is an up-tempo number that shows no mercy before the creepy “Cyber God” rounds off an album that contains great thrash metal.

The fourpiece band from Belo Horizonte manages the balancing act of making use of the band’s heritage while developing their sound further onto a next level. The result is a excellent contemporary thrash album that is very well done.





  1. Machine Messiah
  2. I Am The Enemy
  3. Phantom Self
  4. Alethea 
  5. Iceberg Dances
  6. Sworn Oath
  7. Resistant Parasites
  8. Silent Violence
  9. Vandals Nest
  10. Cyber God 


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

CD review SEPULTURA "Machine Messiah"

Max and Igor Cavalera will be on tour with "Roots"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Sepultura, Cavalera, Roots, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Death Metal, News, Tour

Max and Igor Cavalera, both founding memebers of Sepultura, will be on tour, playing the entire "Roots" album, based on the 20st anniversary of this classic longplayer. This Sepultura release belongs to the milestones of thrash metal and the two brother bring it back on stage.

Max and Igor Cavalera will be on tour with "Roots"

CD review EKTOMORF "Aggressor"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, News, CD Review, Soulfly, Sepultura

(8/10) Almost two years after the pretty good "Retribution" Zoltan Farkas invites to a new 'jump party'.

The groove metal institution didn't only face the glorious side of rock'n'roll. Ektomorf was often described as a copycat of esp. Soulfly but the guys showed over all those years a consistancy that, with all respect, wasn't to find back on the latest Soulfly releases.

"Aggressor" comes with mighty grooving riffs that are an open invitation to jump and bang your head. Farkas and his gang don't care about all the comments they go in the past. They're doing what they love and it feels like the critisism increased the aggression in their sound. Listening to Ektomorf gives me the impression that the guys never reached their comfort zone, which makes the sound of "Aggressor" even hard and brutal.

This kind of music isn't the right stuff for a Sunday afternoon on the couch. This music isn't made for earphones too. "Aggressor" needs to get a live environment in a small and smokey club atmosphere.

Ektomorf are still greedy for good sounds and riffs. The new longplayer proves this very well. Those four guys are still thirsty.

There is one break in the tracklist called "Momento" which is also the end of the album. It's an acoustic track that includes some gypsy sounds and an oriental touch. It's an interesting mixture that fits very well. You can still recognise the tune as being from Ektomorf, even though it sound is totally different from the rest.

I have to say that I like "Aggressor". Regardless of all the bands that might influenced the guys, Ektomorf presents a powerful longplayer that is a sonic energy drink. Prost.





  1. Intro
  2. I
  3. Aggressor
  4. Holocaust
  5. Move On
  6. Evil by Nature
  7. You Can't Get More
  8. Emotionless World
  9. Eastside
  10. Scars
  11. Damned Nation
  12. You Lost
  13. You're Not For Me
  14. Memento


​Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review EKTOMORF "Aggressor"

CD review CAVALERA CONSPIRICY "Pandemonium"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, News

(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. 





  1. Babylonian pandemonium
  2. Bonzai kamikazee
  3. Scum
  4. I, barbarian
  5. Cramunhao
  6. Apex predator
  7. Insurrection
  8. Not losing the edge
  9. Father of hate
  10. The crucible
  11. Deus ex machina
  12. Porra


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review CAVALERA CONSPIRICY "Pandemonium"

CD review KORZUS "Legion"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Korzus, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Thinking about thrash metal and Brazil it is first of all Sepultura that comes to ones mind. But if we look back in time there have been more bands in the late 80's / early 90's that started with oldschool thrash metal. Next to Sepultura it was Executer, Sarcófargo and Korzus that released records which gave them more international attention.

Korzus is still in business after 30 years and has been in the studio to work on their seventh full-length release. "Legions" is now out in the stores and delivers thirteen thrash songs. 

"Legions" contains classic thrash metal. Compared to Sepultura they haven't changed their music a lot. It is 'right to the point' oldschool metal. A musical wrecking ball that reminds to the 'good old times'. Maybe it is not very innovative music, but it is highly entertaining. 

My favorites on the album are the grooving "Broken" with the aggressive shouted chorus and the spoken words parts. But also the blazing fast "Lamb" leads to some excitemnet. It's a two minutes aural assault that doesn't take any prisoners. It sounds like a mean hybrid of thrash and hardcore. And last but not least it is the mighty "Time has come" with the haevy riff, the galloping rhythm and the immense power when it comes to vocals.

The songs got a full and dynamic production. It is oldschool music in modern production appearance. 

I enjoyed listening to the album. It makes fun and gives you a good time. A recommendation for all oldschool thrashers.





  1. Lifeline
  2. Lamb
  3. Six seconds
  4. Broken
  5. Vampiro
  6. Die alone
  7. Appartus belli
  8. Time has come
  9. Purgatory
  10. Self hate
  11. Bleeding pride
  12. Devil's head
  13. Legion


Label: AFM

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review KORZUS "Legion"

Cover and tracklist from the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album

Veröffentlicht am 26. August 2014 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News

"Pandemonium", the new album from the Cavalera Conspiracy, will be released on October 31 via Napalm Records.

The Cavalera brothers recorded twekve new tunes and here comes the tracklist:

1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Cramunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

Cover and tracklist from the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album

News and new song from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

Veröffentlicht am 22. August 2014 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, Sepultura, News, Video, Thrash Metal, Death Metal

The waiting time comes to an end. In November Max Cavalera and his brother Igor will release a new album the Cavalera Conspiracy. The name of the record will be "Pandemonium" and comes via Napalm Records.

The first track is already online via Loudwire. The name: "Bonzai Kamakazi" taht grooves like hell and has an energy which is awesome. Let's hope that the tune reflects the whole album in a good way.

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)


CD review KILLER BE KILLED "Killer be killed"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Killer Be Killed, Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) This is really a cool album. When De La Tierra released their album I expected something like this. But now it's Killer Be Killed who publish an album which grooves like hell and has some real killer tracks.

But who is Killer Be Killed? The project is consisting out of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspirecy), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta) and Troy Sanders from Masterdon. Actually it was Max and Greg who started to work on a few new songs. Funny enough Max used his old 4 track recorder which he already made use of during the sessions for Sepultura's "Chaos AD".

The exciting part of the album is the mix of the different styles that creates something which is not totally new, but very exciting and fresh. It's a cooperation of musicians which are on the same level. That makes the music stand like a rock.

Songs are great. Already the opener is a masterpiece of groove metal. It finds the right balance between heavy riffs and a quite melodic chorus. This track sets the tone of voice for the other 10 tunes on the album. "Face down" comes a bit more aggressive than the opener and has the intransigency of the older Sepultura. An anthem which is right to the point. Another cool track on the album is the more modern metal based "Save the robots". Eventhough it's a bit different it fits perfect into the framework of Killer Be Killed's sound. The song is quite melodic, has a quite cachty melody and could be a harder version of Linkin Park - in their early days. "Fire to your flag" follows and is a total different story. With not even three minutes it's an ultra fast one which gives the feeling of being sucked into a tornado for a few minutes. The closer "Forbidden fire" is the longest track on the debut. It starts very releaxed with some sphereful sound samples and an hypnotic spoken word section. But after a bit more than a minute the songs explodes. The riff kills the silence and make the tune a slow and evil groove monster. This pattern continues throughout the entire track. A well chosen closer for album.

Killer Be Killed are of course no roockies. We have a bunch of experienced musicians who step out the frames of their own bands in order to try out something partly different. A project which can be seen as successful and I hope that we will hear more of them in the future.





  1. Wings of feather and wx
  2. Face down
  3. Melting of my marrow
  4. Snakes of Jehovah
  5. Curb crusher
  6. Save the robots
  7. Fire to your flag
  8. I.E.D.
  9. Dust into darkness
  10. Twelve labors
  11. Forbidden fire


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review KILLER BE KILLED "Killer be killed"

SEPULTURA on tour in Europe in summer

Veröffentlicht am 8. April 2014 von Markus W. in Sepultura, News, Tour, Thrash Metal

After the successful tour from Sepultura together with bands like Legion Of The Damned and Flotsam & Jetsam the Brazilian thrash institution is coming back to Europe. Here are the dates:

SEPULTURA on tour in Europe in summer

CD review DE LA TIERRA "De la tierra"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in De La Tierra, Thrash Metal, Sepultura, Soulfly

(6/10) Un, dos tres - cuatro. The Sepultura family tree gets bigger. There is Sepultura, Soulfly and the Cavalera Conspiricy. Now another component is added which is called De La Tierra. The link to Sepultura is guitarist Andreas Kisser, who plays the guitar in De La Tierra.

But the band is not only Andreas Kisser. It is also Andres Gimenez from A.N.I.M.A.L., Sr. Flavio from Los Fabulosos and Alex Gonzalez from Mana.

What does De La Tierra stand for and for what not? The band makes use of the typical rhythmic like the earlier mentioned Brazilian bands. Those elements are definitaly based on the typical South American folk music. De La Tierra combines those with heavy guitar riffs. This is also what we know from Sepultura's "Roots" and Soulfly. The difference is that De La Tierra doesn't reach the aggressiveness from Sepultura, nore they reflect the enegry and the groove from band like Soulfly or the Cavalera Conspiracy. The songs from De La Tierra don't reach the level of those bands. This leads to the fact that the album actually starts to get a bit boring half-way. None the songs really stick and you get the feeling that you have heard it already earlier. None of the songs is a real highlight and they are ambling along, eventhough they are all on an OK level. This is actually sad since my expectations towards this album have been pretty high. I think, that the band has more potential than what they present us with this album.

If you consider Sepultura and Soulfly to your faves you should check this album. For all others I would say, stick the pioneers of this genre.





  1. Intro
  2. Somos uno
  3. Rostos
  4. San asesino
  5. Detonar
  6. Maldita historia
  7. Fuera
  8. Chaman de manaus
  9. Reducidores de cabezas
  10. Corran
  11. Cosmonauta quechua


Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review DE LA TIERRA "De la tierra"
Photo: Carrycoal (Promo)

Photo: Carrycoal (Promo)


First video from DE LA TIERRA with Andreas Kisser

Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in De La Tierra, Thrash Metal, News, Video, Sepultura, Soulfly

De La Tierra released a video. You wonder who is De La Tierra. It is the band of Sepultura's Andreas Kisser, together with A.N.I.M.A.L.'s Andres Giménez, Sr. Flavio and Alex González. The band worked on their self-titles album which will be released in January via Rodarunner Records. Cool grooving stuff.




CD review SEPULTURA "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Sepultura, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Hmmm. Sepultura. A new album. What will it bring? Will it be more a disappointment or will it be the next step into the right direction after the quite good "Kairos" album. Or will be even a step back into the "Arise" times.

The new record can't live up to the band's classic releases like "Arise". That doesn't mean that "The mediator…" is a bad record. Not at all. But it took me three listening sessions to get into it. The album needs time to grow.

The first thing which you notice is the name "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart". The title sounds very philosophic and the inspiration of the record comes from Fritz Lang's movie "Metropolis". The lyrics of the album are mainly about the chaotic aftermath of natural disasters, unfulfilled promises of religions and the increasing gap between rich and poor. This anger is also constantly to feel while listening to the record.

Already the opener "Trauma of war" with it's distorted beginning and the heavy riffs reflects this. I also like "Manipulation of tragedy". The song is pretty intense and is maybe closest to the earlier Sepultura times. "Tsunami" with some spoken words and the galloping rhythm in the middle part is also one of my favorites. "Grief" is standing out since the song is very slow with some acoustic parts. Derek is even partly singing instead of only shouting. In the middle and in the end the song has to heavy riffs. Interesting stuff. "Obsessed" is the most straight forward song on the album and the "Da lama ao chaos", with the mix of local elements and almost some rap parts rounds of an interesting Sepultura record. Again, give the album the time and don't judge too fast.

Ross Robison (Korn, Machine Head,…) gave the new disc a really powerful sound which transports the energy and anger. Next to that the band also got support from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) who had a guest appearance.

"The mediator…" became one of the better Sepultura releases and is a natural prolongation of where the band ended with "Kairos".



  1. Trauma of war
  2. The vatican
  3. Impending doom
  4. Manipulation of tradegy
  5. Tsunami
  6. The bliss of ignorants
  7. Grief
  8. The age of the atheist
  9. Obsessed
  10. Da lama ao caos

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review SEPULTURA "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart"
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