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Cavalera Conspiracy - Blunt Force Trauma review


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Band: Cavalera Conspiracy
Album: Blunt Force Trauma
Release date: March 2011

Disc I [CD]
01. Warlord
02. Torture
03. Lynch Mob
04. Killing Inside
05. Thrasher
06. I Speak Hate
07. Target
08. Genghis Khan
09. Burn Waco
10. Rasputin
11. Blunt Force Trauma
12. Psychosomatic [bonus]
13. Jihad Joe [bonus]
14. Electric Funeral [Black Sabbath cover] [bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [Live Les Eurockéennes Festival]
01. Sanctuary
02. Territory
03. Terrorize
04. The Doom Of All Fires
05. Inner Self/Nevertrust
06. Arise/Dead Embryonic Cells
07. Desperate Cry/Propaganda
08. Wasting Away
09. Black Ark
10. Holiday In Cambodia/Biotech Is Godzilla
11. Hearts Of Darkness
12. Refuse/Resist
13. Troops Of Doom
14. Must Kill
15. Roots Bloody Roots
+ Sanctuary [video]

Everyone knows the story. Max Cavalera left Sepultura in the '90s (with brother Igor finally departing about 10 years later) and everybody felt simply swell about it. No feelings were hurt, everyone moved on with a smile.

Naturally, fans felt torn between the "old" Sepultura and the "new" Sepultura. Then a magical thing happened: Max and Igor overlooked their differences and reunited with Cavalera Conspiracy. And thus, the fans rejoiced. With the release of their debut, Inflikted, in 2008, the Cavaleras set the bar relatively high for its follow-up.

And that's when this fan jumped off the bandwagon.

Blunt Force Trauma is a straightforward groove metal album. Not necessarily the "four-letter word" kind of groove metal, but the good kind. Almost. See, what prevents this from actually being "good" (subjectivity warning) is the total lack of variation. The riffs are incredibly simplistic, repetitive, simplistic, repetitive, sim -- okay, you get it. This is the musical equivalent of watching the pendulum inside a grandfather clock.

Now, in spite of the repetition, there is a decent amount of groove. Obviously. Hence the name of the genre. This is where it gets tricky. Because all the songs sound the same, and riff-by-riff there isn't anything special going on, one could argue it's filled with danceable music. Others may argue it's completely dull, and they definitely have reason to believe that as a result of the incredibly formulaic song structures.

That isn't the only problem with Blunt Force Trauma. It feels devoid of passion, as if the songs were thrown together overnight. Kind of like this review. All in all what you're left with is a major disappointment... or at the very least, a minor one. It really depends on what you thought of Inflikted. As with any band whose background story has a way of superseding the music, Cavalera Conspiracy have released an album that will likely divide their fans: a situation the Cavaleras aren't exactly unfamiliar with.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 7


Written on 25.11.2011 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.

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Comments: 31   Visited by: 321 users
17.01.2014 - 17:40
The Sasquatch
Listening to metal for complexity is like going to a McDonalds and expecting a gourmet meal.

Inflikted is a great album, the first half is easily a 9/10 in my book but the quality drops as you go along. Blunt Force Trauma is a lot more consistent but not as good, 7/10.

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