Cavalera Conspiracy
Inflikted


3.5
great

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
October 27th, 2008 | 15 replies | 8,896 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time and time again, Max Cavalera has proved that he is capable of pulling off great riffs and vocals, but this time around he's added something more: bad spelling.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Choosing Inflikted as the subject of my next review was a rather obvious choice considering my last review was Soulfly's most recent release; Conquer. Not surprisingly Inflikted isn’t much of a departure from Soulfly, it just has less Brazilian influences, in fact the Cavalera Conspiracy itself is mostly a resurrection of Sepultura by Max and Igor. That’s not to say it isn’t good, because this album kills.

Lyrically and vocally, Inflikted is identical to anything that you might hear from Sepultura or Soulfly. It’s all based around a general feeling of hatred, war and violence as obviously suggested by titles like: "Must Kill," "Ultra-violent," and "The Doom of All Fires." In fact one of the lines from "The Doom of All Fires" sounds disturbingly similar to a line from Soulfly's single Unleash. As I mentioned in my Conquer review, Max's song writing skills are nothing to be proud of. His themes are overused and uninspiring, and his constant usage of explicit language is rather appalling. However, despite all of this, he has a very brutal voice that can unleash some pretty nasty screams like the one in "Hex."

The most obvious difference between Soulfly and the Conspiracy is the lack of Brazilian influences. Conspiracy is a more pure form of thrash/death metal, with growly riffs and stinging solos. Great examples of this are the title track "Inflikted" and "Bloodbrawl."
I didn’t really expect the guitars to be much different considering the guitar lineup of the two bands is identical. No surprise here, the guitar is mostly the same. One of the best guitar pieces on the album is "Nevertrust." Unfortunately, capping off at 2:20 it’s a bit short.

The drums of Igor Cavalera are another high point of this band. He is definitely far above average as far as his skill goes. He seems to be able to adapt to the different speeds of the guitar throughout the album and mesh perfectly with the constant riffing of his brother.

As the album progresses it becomes painfully obvious that the loss of the tribal-themed interludes of Soulfly has affected the bass greatly. There are only a few moments where the bass comes through the influx of guitar riffs, and it’s so brief that it’s hardly noticeable.

In conclusion, Inflikted is a decent first release for the Cavalera Conspiracy. It’s not especially long, or as repetitive as Soufly's new album, but nor is it as unique. It’s not especially hard to find an album like this these days...

Recommended tracks:
Inflikted
Nevertrust
Bloodbrawl
Hearts of Darkness



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Zippermouth
October 27th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yikes, this is my third review in four days. I have too much time on my hands. Hope you like it.

ASberg
October 27th 2008



2161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im suprised that you praise the drumming. It's solid and all but nothing spectacular by Igors standards.

TheyTookOurJobs
February 26th 2009



1318 Comments


i heard the first 2 songs and fucking loved them!

i havent really heard much from seps and soulfly.

Zip
June 5th 2009



5312 Comments


The review that no one ever read.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2009



8317 Comments


good review. I like some sepultura from time to time so I guess i will check this out

CerberusLives
August 20th 2009



50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Doom of All Fires is great

devouredbymetal
October 23rd 2009



516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nothing great . very average .

Deathcar
November 25th 2009



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very average metal album imo, but then i've always felt this about anything involving the Cavalera's...the only thing by them that's ever really kept me interested at all was Chaos A.D. and sadly that's likely to stay the same after this...

krig9412
August 9th 2010



792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta love the title track though

omgraptors
September 25th 2010



813 Comments


this is what a call real metal. Everyone else are posers.

Pillbox
February 7th 2011



67 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album didn't do it for me. There's nothing new here. Better get 'Chaos AD' or Arise from Sepultura.

daveypeach
February 7th 2011



86 Comments


or beneath the remains

VRtrooper
February 22nd 2011



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wat am i diggin

thumbcrusher
April 3rd 2011



3569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think this album is really good, but it could have easily been put out under the name of soulfly or seputlura of times past. it would be interesting to see one of max's projects differentiate form the others.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2012



1835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cracking album, if only helped by the punchy guitar riffs and excellently tight drum work. This album shows some of both Max and Iggor's best performances to date, whilst also making way for the odd traditional brazilian influences here and there.



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