After almost 10 years Igor and Max joined hands again, not under the banner of Sepultura, but as Cavalera Conspiracy. Listening to the style they play, Sepultura with original members will only be a matter of time. Together with guitar player Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) and Joe Duplantier (Gojira) on bass the Conspiracy was completed.
The album has become a modern, hard, aggressive and direct thrash album which can more than compete with all the (so called) new thrash bands. A lot of tracks go musically back to the 'Arise' and sometimes the 'Beneath the Remains' period. Some Bay Area-licks and Slayer-riffs can be heard.
With the fast song "Inflikted" you know from the start what to expect. The next song "Sanctuary" has Arise-roots and you can hear the Bay-Area connection in it. In "Black Ark" Max' stepson Ritchie appears as a vocal guest and in "Ultra-Violent" we hear the other guest Rex Brown (ex-Pantera) on bass. "Hex" is a very fast, simple but very effective, no-nonsense thrash-track with 'Beneath the Remains' roots.
My personal favourite is "The Doom of All Fires", if they come with this kind of killer-songs I hope the brothers will stay together for a long time. There is a kind of drive in the song that makes it special.
After Exodus and Death-Angel the Cavalera brothers show the rest of the world how to play major league thrash. With Testament and Laaz Rockit still to come, this will be a great thrash year and I hope for God sake that Metallica will learn from all these bands too.