Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

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When the Cavalera brothers started making music that features both of them once more, back in 2008, I was excited not just because of their glorious common past, but also thanks to ‘Inflikted’, which was exactly what I was hoping for. Truly an album full of great songs, that I don’t think got the praise it deserves. ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ followed, and even though it wasn’t as good as their first, it continued to play to the strengths and chemistry of the Brazilians. Unfortunately, I can’t say this is exactly the case with their new effort.

‘Pandemonium’ is a very fast record with grindcore elements. It does start powerfully with ‘Babylonian Pandemonium’ but the rest of it is a bit monotonous, without too many great riffs or a song that for some reason shines more than the rest. Maybe the exception is ‘Not Losing the Edge’ which has a nice groove to it, an aspect that Max Cavalera, as he states in the interview he did for Rockpages.gr, consciously tried to diminish as much as possible, personally though I believe it’s missing from the album.