Album Review: Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis (2017)

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Band: Cavalera Conspiracy
Album: Psychosis
Record Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: November 17, 2017

I am not a psychologist, I am a simple Medical Deviate, but I did look up psychosis on Google and it said: The mental state of psychosis is defined by a disconnection from reality. Psychosis also happens to the be the title of the newest Cavalera Conspiracy record. Much like its titular affliction, the album dissociates itself from 2017 and plants its flag deep in the extreme metal genres of the 1980’s. The one-two opening assault of “Insane” and “Terror Tactics” assaults the listener with some extreme death/thrash peppered with a few experimental asides. These more experimental moments begin to take over and steer the rest of the record. “Spectral War” impresses with its Chaos AD meets Gojira approach leading into the moodier and more experimental second half of the record. After a quick detour into some industrial (think Nailbomb) and even black metal inspired passages the record delves deeper into the strange. The instrumental title track answers the question; what if The Cure scored Cannibal Ferox? Whereas the final track thrashes into fits of soundscape oblivion and voiceover.  Overall fans of Max and Igor will find lots to like, and it is great to hear the brothers Cavalera embrace the weirder side of their signature sound. I give this album 4 and a half bloody roots and a clozapine.


Dr. Pretorius M.D. (Medical Deviate)

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