Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis

Psychosis has come out during a period when it seems the Cavalera name is more visible and relevant to the metal world than it has been in a long time. The iconic Max Cavalera appeared to have hit his post-Sepultura peak with the back-to-back release of Dark Ages (2005) and Inflikted (2008)—the later of which saw him reuniting with estranged brother Igor and the establishment of the Cavalera Conspiracy. From there, however, it seemed Cavalera senior was content to churn out a steady flow of serviceable yet largely unremarkable Soulfly records, while each of Cavalera Conspiracy’s subsequent releases—though certainly each embedded with their own distinct personality—failed to excite in the same manner as their masterful debut. Yet, beginning with 2014’s superb supergroup collaboration, Killer Be Killed, Max’s career looks to be, once again, on the upswing, and Psychosis only further supports such speculation.

Starter Kit: Max Cavalera

I’ve previously expressed my opinions, however brief, about Max Cavalera: ex-Sepultura singer, groove metal pioneer and overall Brazilian badass. While I haven’t been the biggest fan of Cavalera’s recent output of music, I nonetheless owe a great debt to this man, as without him I probably wouldn’t be into metal…

Hey! Listen to Avernal!

Back when I was just getting into extreme metal, there was one musician who stood shoulders above the rest for me: Max Cavalera. Ex-Sepultura singer, founder of Soulfly, The Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb, and, more recently, Killer Be Killed. The man has been prolific to the point that he’s released something new every year for over the last decade. But, as much as I have loved Cavalera’s music, it’s gotten a little stale after a while. How many times can you do the same groove formula, no matter how many unorthodox instruments you play around with? How many times can you growl the same way before people get a little bored? If you want a change from Cavalera without completely wiping the man’s influence from your palate, I’d suggest Avernal, an Argentinian death metal act.