Max Cavalera is well recognized as a revolutionary multifaceted musician when it adds up to partake in musical outtakes such as Soulfly, Killer Be Killed and Cavalera Conspiracy just to mention a few of his skilled contributions. Permit us not forget that this Brazilian musician was once Sepultura’s frontiersman and also had his saying in Nailbomb.
Cavalera Conspiracy, however, holds a special hint as the band was shaped by the bloodlines that bounds Max Cavalera and Igor Cavalera together, which are now readying the exit of their third studio record, entitled ‘Pandemonium’, to be issued in October via Napalm Records, a label that recently have surprised most of their followers by approaching new musical areas and releasing amazing and long-established artists, such as Portuguese darkly gothic oriented, Moonspell.
Max Cavalera recently did an appearance on the Metal Hammer Magazine show on TeamRock Radio and on Hardrock Haven in which he stated the following regarding the upcoming ‘Pandemonium’ record:
It’s called ‘Pandemonium’ and it’s very, very heavy — the heaviest of all the three. I was really possessed to get Igor back to his ‘Arise’ era of drumming, everything fast.
There aren’t really any guests on the album. Nate from Converge plays bass and he sings one song called ‘The Crucible’ — it’s about the witches of Salem; we did a song about that. Nate’s got a great voice, ’cause he sings for Doomriders and I love his voice, so I got him to sing one song. That’s the only guest. The Cavalera album is really more about me and Igor , the brothers, thrashing. This one is almost grindcore. I was really a dictator in the studio with Igor to try to keep him from going into the groove and tried to keep him playing fast; I wanted him play fast for most of the record. So every time he’d go into the groove, I would be, like, ‘Fuck the groove! Get out of the groove! Go back to the fast shit.’ And I succeeded, man. It’s a really brutal album. I think it’s definitely the most brutal of all the Cavalera albums and it’s definitely gonna turn some heads when people hear this one.
John Gray also had been saying regarding the recording sessions of ‘Pandemonium’:
This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera.
Max, Igor and Marc were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process.
I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary. Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso.
I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he’s under pressure.
What can I say about Nate Newton — he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth. I’m really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him some day.
It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record. For me, it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them. It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max writes songs and I am glad to have been a part of it.
In the process, there were some unavoidable line-up changes, with longtime guitar bass player Johny Chow resigning the band to join during 2013, Stone Sour as their touring bassist. Which lead to a replacement, when Tony Campos took the position left last year to tour through South America and Mexico while still carrying out duties in Soulfly.
Throughout their career, Cavalera Conspiracy released their previous albums via Roadrunner Records, the highly acclaimed ‘Inflikted’ and ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ gave them a worldwide reputation as one of the most revolutionist bands of the genre.
‘Inflikted’ entered The Billboard 200 at No. 72 chart by selling 9,000 units in its first week of release, while ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ landed at position No. 122 while selling around 5,000 copies in the same week of release. The curious fact is that ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ was tracked with former Machine Head and Soulfly guitar player Logan Mader, who also gave a hand while co-producing and mixing the LP with Max Cavalera.