Cavalera Conspiracy // Blunt Force Trauma
Rating: 2.0/5.0 —Not the Sepultura record you’ve been waiting for…
Label: Roadrunner
Release Dates: EU: 2011.03.28 | US: 03.29.2011

Cavalera Conspriacy - Blunt Force TraumaIt is unfortunate, but reasonable, that I should start this off by saying the obvious: this is not the Sepultura record you’ve been waiting for. While the Cavalera brothers have been reunited in the band named after them, this is not Beneath the Remains II or hell, even Roots II, this is something different and if you hadn’t figured out that this was going to be the case by now, then you are a naive and probably very easily disappointed person. While I respect your optimism, I think that optimism becomes stupidity if you hold out too long. And I think we’ve all held out too fucking long.

So lets take Cavalera Conspiracy for what they are. Basically, they’re a groovey metal band with some hardcore influence and a lot of simplistic riffs. This music is not for the technically minded. As it has been since the aforementioned Roots and throughout Soulfly and, hell, even Nailbomb, Cavalera’s records are pretty much simplistic, groove based metal with lots of riffs that spit out in rapid succession like machine gun rounds. I guess that there is something that people like about this, maybe the raw aggression, but most of this leaves me cold.

Where the band does really hit home is when they’re breaking out the thrash and really nailing it home. The track “Rasuptin” is for example, no, not another incarnation of the Boney M song a la Turisas, but instead a rad, heavy, respectable thrash track with great melody. It is worth pointing out that Marc Rizzo does actually have some serious chops and he really makes the best moments on this album. In addition to “Rasputin,” “Target” has some pretty good thrashy riffing and old school guitar solos that pull Slayer‘s good stuff from the grave and make it better by staying in key and forgoing the dive bombs. Cavalera Conspiracy 2011 In addition to great solos, every once in a while these guys break out a great Iron Maiden harmonized lead or some old school gallops that really pick things up like on “I Speak Hate.”

Another thing that stood out for me, here, was that the lyrics were generally pretty uninspired. While the ideas at times are interesting, the actual execution is poor. The track “I Speak Hate,” is a good example of this, taking examples of people whose lives have been destroyed in different situation and basically describing their reactions. But the lyrics lack poetic sense and they are generally unconvincing. The same is true of the other tracks, too, borrowing from the Steve Harris School of Lyric Writing, the title Blunt Force Trauma could very well describe what will happen to your brain after having bothered to listen to these lyrics.

I have the utmost respect for Max and Iggor Cavalera, but this record isn’t very good. It feels uninspired, like it’s Soulfly‘s b-tracks and it’s just getting put out because the groundswell for a Sepultura reunion is growing and has been for a while. While there are some very good moments on here, as I’ve mentioned, much of this record was just mind-numblingly boring for me. And that’s too bad, ’cause being a long time Sepultura fan and a big fan of Nailbomb I was hoping that this record would live up to that legacy and offer something new. But, indeed, this was not the record I’ve been waiting for.

  • I never got into this band, although they’ve always been on my ‘to listen’ list. What would be the best place to start for someone like me?

    • Steel Druhm


      I would suggest you try the classic Sepultura albums like Beneath the Remains or Arise if you haven’t yet.

  • ZacP

    Very dissapointed. Have not gotten to listen to this yet but I WAS really looking forward to it. Oh well…but curious that you didn’t draw any comparisons with CC’s first album, which was a beautiful piece of art (haha) but no seriously it was very good (especially the first half). Definitely worth a listen if you never got around to it

  • Andy

    Well that’s a shame, I was really looking forward to this one. ZacP’s right, Inflikted was a great album. I’ll still be giving this a listen, though.

  • Charles

    I have to agree. Inflikted is awesome. Played it a lot. this new one had one listen and I was done. What a boring album.

  • Hell³

    I never really got into Inflikted so I guess I will pass on this one as well.

    And even with all the rehashing on the latest Soulfly album, I think I enjoyed it more than anything that Cavalera has released lately. There, I said it.

    • Yeah, I kinda felt the same way. I thought the last Soulfly record was better than this for sure.

  • SG

    Listened to the first three tracks of this and didn’t bother with the rest. Heard it all before, same churned out stuff that someone else has done in the past.

    I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I will say I was bored.

  • This cd is way much better then the first one! Heavy, dark & fast!

  • Max

    Blunt force trauma isn’t bad, whatdaya talkin about!!!!
    Inflikted is sick but BFT is perfect too!

  • charliebuck83

    Im not sayin Rizzo isnt talented but I just cant stand the tuning same as last soulfly album it just doesnt feel right and my god im such a max fan and it makes me sad I dont like it guess its time to jump ship. MELODY SUCKS

  • Boney M

    I understand what you’re saying, but I disagree with just about every point you made. I’ve been really into Sepultura, Nailbomb, and Soulfly (to a lesser extent) since I first heard the former in the early 90s. The CC albums, however, are heavier and more intense than any of Max’s previous releases. Yes, the riffs are simple, and Max’s lyrics are often nonsensical or just plain corny, but the same can be said of everything he has released post-Arise!

    The riffs and lyrics on Blunt Force Trauma are no more simplistic than those on Chaos A. D. – but you don’t hear anyone complaining about that. Bemoaning the lack of complex melodies, structural intricacy, or lyrical depth is missing the point – CC play brutal hardcore/doom/thrash/death tunes, and they are fucking awesome at it! The level of aggressive energy they manage to put across on record with relentless blastbeats, machine gun riffs, and two note half-time breakdowns is astounding. Anyone may be able to play simple stuff really fast – but not many can do it anywhere near as well as CC.

    Granted, they have some mediocre tracks (like the new single, for example), but most of the album triggers neck muscles to start twitching involuntarily! Stuff like Burn Waco and Target make perfect use of face-flaying hardcore sections to set up some ridiculously satisfying groove riffage :)

    Anyway, sorry about the essay, got a bit carried away…

    • Yeah, most death metal guys complain about Chaos AD and after.

      And while I liked those records when I was younger, I find nothing in them to be particularly enjoyable today. Older Sepultura is far superior.

  • ev0l

    You’re all a bunch of metal divas. wash the sand out of your viginas. or better yet just kill yourselves. you’re bored with everything… bunch of pansies. if shit is simplistic who gives a fuck? this record is awesome. have it on repeat. Go jerk off to “mishuggah” bunch of sorry ass diva elitists

  • djfunz

    Ok, I’ve been reading the reviews on this site for a while and this is a review I completely disagree with. I personally don’t understand the Max haters since Soulfly and now CC. Sepultura is not coming back. Why are we expecting them to? The sound has been changed and max has changed as well. I personally like the changes. People list the simplistic lyrics and easy riffs but come on! Almost all the death and black metal I hear has the same fast drum beats on every song. Frankly to me, it gets a little boring and repetitive. And lyrics? Hell, who can understand any lyrics that black and death metal singers are saying anyway? Especially if there some Scandinavian band who isn’t even speaking English? I like to shake my head to thrash and groove metal. Melody is not evil people! I also like metalcore and hardcore. I can listen to black and death once in a while, but for me it’s not as enjoyable as the above. But perhaps your more of a black and death metal fan and thats ok as well. Thanks for reading.