Psychosis - Cavalera Conspiracy
Artist: Cavalera Conspiracy
Review by Steve Jenkins
The closest thing we'll ever get to a full on Sepultura reunion is Cavalera Conspiracy, as almost everyone is familiar by now about the history surrounding former and current members. It's been over twenty years since the original Sepultura became obsolete, and in the meantime we've been very lucky to receive a massive amount of releases from various projects that have stemmed from the demise of one of the most legendary metal bands of all time.
The most famous brothers in heavy metal, Max and Igor Cavalera have been back making music for just over a decade, now they're back with their fourth full-length Cavalera Conspiracy release, titled Psychosis. Where the previous three albums didn't stray too far from Soulfly-like territory: an odd-yet-welcome mix of 'jumpdafukup' groove, death/thrash, and grindcore riffing – this latest adventure prefers instead to revel in the high-spirited days of the late 80's through mid 90's.
There are plenty of ferocious moments on Psychosis that will please old school and new fans alike, songs such as "Insane" and "Terror Tactics" give off a real death/thrash frenzy, taking you back to the classic era of the mighty album Arise. It seems that 2017 sees the Cavelera Brothers arise again, going back to their roots that were once buried beneath the remains, unleashing chaos to those who choose to listen.
The rest of the album is nothing short of face-melting material, with "Impalement Execution" and "Spectral War" (tracks three and four, respectively) are a pair of songs that could easily be mistaken for their 91-93 heyday of Sepultura greatness. Both tracks are built around a vicious death/thrash attack mixed with the anarchy and groove found on classics such as "Territory" and "Slave New World". This is the kinda groove that only the brothers Cavalera can pull off: crushing yet. The latter track, "Spectral War", is the definite highlight of Psychosis. It's a literal homage to their formative years, but presented with a modern yet crushing finished product. The outro solo alone is enough to qualify this song as an anthem that fans will hopefully discover and go nuts for at future shows. "Judas Pariah" digs even deeper into the vaults, unearthing the blackened death metal sound, it's violent, evil and fucking ferocious in every sense of the word, a definite highlight.
Overall, there isn't really anything bad to say about Psychosis, in fact, it's probably their best sounding album that they've created since the demise of the original Sepultura. It's the album we've all been waiting for and it has that extra aggression and intensity that was missing from previous releases, as well as that tribal rhythm that we associate the Cavalera name with. It's a wild ride from beginning to end and even the most die-hard fans will love what they've created here. This is what you've been waiting for! This is full throttle, thrashing, bloody Sepultura!
9.5 out of 10.
Psychosis is out now via Napalm Records.