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A good record from the mighty brothers,
This review is from: Blunt Force Trauma (Special Edition) (Audio CD)
Let's get the Sepultura reference out of the way first. Arise, Chaos AD and Roots are the best things Max Cavalera has ever recorded. Everything post Roots has been enjoyable and I always get excited about each new release - whether Soulfly or Cavalera Conspiracy - but they are not significant in the way those classic albums were. However I am enjoying Blunt Force Trauma immensely - more than Inflikted. The songs are just consistently better throughout the album. In fact I like them all except Rasputin which is rather bland. Lyrically you know what you're getting but I feel strangely warmed by the quaintness of Max's sometimes amusingly juvenile vitriol. In other words I know they're a bit silly but that's ok - I can't imagine other words being put to such brutal music. Iggor is a fantastic drummer but I feel the production somewhat mutes the impact of them on this album - a shame as i eternally long for some Territory tribal mayhem once more. The songs tend to have a thrashy verse / groove chorus format which works well. And some of the groovy riffs are indeed splendid. Marc Rizzo's frantic soloing is my only big niggle here. Yes, he's technically very proficient etc etc but at times his solos just seem very random. They squall and squeal and stretch and are manic and frantic etc but I am often left with the feeling that they don't really fit in with the song. When he drops back to support Max's ferocious rhythm work with inventive licks its so much more effective. That said I really like BFT and will be listening to it much more. It may even stretch to 4 stars after a week or two. Long live King Max!
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2011 20:01:03 BDT
Paul McNamee says:
"Lyrically you know what you're getting but I feel strangely warmed by the quaintness of Max's sometimes amusingly juvenile vitriol"
I don't agree with your well-written review pal, but this line here is perfect. "Juvenile vitriol" is a term I'll be stealing for use whenever appropriate. Spot on about the soloing too.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 11:37:30 BDT
Bunk Moreland says:
Cheers man. What do you make of the album?
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 16:52:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Mar 2011 16:54:37 BDT
Jonathan Thomas says:
Very refreshing to read about someone really enjoying an album and awarding it 3 stars and not just plumbing down 5 and being-done-with-it. I know what you mean when you do this - I love certain albums as there are 5-6 excellent songs, but then there are maybe 5 filler tracks, so, as good as these songs are, you can't morally give it a 5star rating as it's not a 5star album right?
If you want a 5 star album pal get 'Troublegum' by Therapy? (1994) - It's the best Hard Rock/punk/angst/metal album ever - I promise you!!!
**** I'm just adding to the post - I see where your from now, you'll already know of the album!!!! silly me! Quality!!! ;-))))))))) *****
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 17:10:13 BDT
Bunk Moreland says:
Yes buddy. Therapy? are great. Baby Teeth and Pleasure Death are top quality too. I liked Crooked Timber and was able to catch them live last October. They were a real phenomenon here in early 90s - I had the mischievous face logo painted on my schoolbag back in the day - when I thought I was cool! Those days are long gone!
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