|Review: Cavalera Conspiracy - Pandemonium|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 20, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)
I'm not familiar with this band other than by name and the recently released re-recording of Sepultura's Morbid Visions (under the name "Cavalera"). Looks like this one another promo that fell through the cracks. ;) Overall, this is groovy thrash with a lot of modern elements, some of which remind me of several bands from the late '90s and early 2000s, not quite nu-metal but close enough to the genre to often be associated with it. On Pandemonium, that mix works for the most part if you can take the altered vocals and occasional not-quite-nu-metalish guitar work. When it's not that, well it's a mix of relatively old-school thrash with a groovy sauce for the most part and more modern metal elements, the stuff that kind of grew out of the—unfortunately temporary—death of nu-metal and sounded better, still more accessible to the masses but not of much interest to metal diehards such as yours truly. It's listenable, though I find I like it less the more I listen to it. If their other stuff is similar, this doesn't make me want to check it out. Their re-recording of Morbid Visions, on the other hand, is pretty cool.
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