By Theron Moore

It’s interesting how the Cavalera brothers can get together, write a record, and it sounds better than anything Sepultura has put out in recent years.  Yeah I know, let’s not get into the whole Cavalera Conspiracy versus Sepultura debate.  But, just sayin’…

“Psychosis” is, in my opinion, the heaviest disc the brothers have made yet.  I mean, this is one slammin’, fierce record.  I keep trying to find a favorite song on it and it’s hard to do since the whole project is pretty amazing as a whole.  What kind of grabbed my attention three songs in, is that there’s something of a vicious streak that runs through the entirety of this disc, which I haven’t heard in a long time, with too many bands.  And quite frankly it’s refreshing to hear.  

It tells me that they take metal and the craft of making metal seriously, that it runs through their veins, and I dig that. I want my metal bands to take that to heart, to embrace it the same way I do.  That’s why it’s so easy to connect with “Psychosis.” It doesn’t fuck around.  And neither do the Cavaleras.

I’m burnt out on the retro thrash thing; I’m done with it.  “Psychosis” isn’t that, it’s nowhere near it, not by a long shot.  This is a nasty upper cut to a genre that needs a proper smack in the face to wake the hell up.  If you took Sepultura’s “Roots” and cranked up the pissed off factor to a 12 on a 10 scale, that’s what “Psychosis” is.  

“Psychosis” is the Cavalera brothers putting you and (maybe someone or something else) on full notice that thrash, true thrash that is, is far from dead and anything but ordinary.  You can feel the anger and maybe even a vein of frustration with the Cavaleras in every song that makes up this record.  And that’s how thrash should be.  And that’s what “Psychosis” is.  

Too often fans and critics toss around the term “brutal.” And more often than not it’s meaning gets watered down.  Not here it doesn’t, not when it’s describing this latest offering from Cavalera Conspiracy.  It’s only a few days into the new year and already this record has a damn good chance of making my end of year list of best records of 2018.  No posers, no kids.  Serious metal fans only.  Buy or die.