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Inflikted is the debut studio album from Cavalera Conspiracy, the Cavalera brothers' first record together in 12 years - since the release of Roots by Sepultura in 1996.

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 2008 (2008-03-25)
RecordedJuly 2007 at Undercity Studios
GenreGroove metal, thrash metal, death metal
ProducerMax Cavalera, Logan Mader
Cavalera Conspiracy chronology
Blunt Force Trauma
Singles from Inflikted
  1. "Sanctuary"
    Released: March 3, 2008

Album informationEdit

Max Cavalera had indicated that the music on Inflikted would be similar to Sepultura's early death/thrash-metal recordings but it would also have a heavy hardcore punk influence. In addition to Max and Igor Cavalera, Cavalera Conspiracy also features lead guitarist Marc Rizzo of Soulfly and Joe Duplantier (guitarist and vocalist of Gojira) on bass and backup vocals. Rex Brown from Pantera and Down cameos on bass on one track, and another track features a collaboration with Max's stepson Richie Cavalera (of Incite) on vocals.

Recording for the album took place in July 2007 at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with Logan Mader (ex-Soulfly and ex-Machine Head guitarist) of the Dirty Icon Production team.

The album was released on March 24, 2008. Two videos for "Sanctuary" have been made, one of which is a censored version of the other. Both of these can be found on the band's websites.

In 2008, speaking to Kerrang!, Max Cavalera remembered: "This was a stripped-down album that took me and Igor to our metal roots. It's like thrash, death metal and hardcore punk all rolled up, and it was easy because that's the stuff we like. It's the very heart of what Igor and I are about. The passion of metal and punk will never die. It was a new start for me and Igor - our first music together for 12 years and such a positive and emotional experience. We got over those nerves, and ended up having a great time making that album. Sometimes Igor would play so hard his wife wondered if he was on coke... It has a quality that is pure Max and Igor, not Soulfly or Sepultura or anything else out there."[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating     [2]
Allmusic     [3]
Artistdirect     [4]
Record Collector     [6]
Rizzo's contributions to Inflikted, were praised by music critics

Reviews of Inflikted were generally favorable, with Adrien Begrand of PopMatters stating "Sure, it's not a Sepultura reunion, but having Max and Igor performing on record for the first time in a dozen years is as close as we'll ever get, and not only does Cavalera Conspiracy's Inflikted revisit the post-thrash sounds of 1993's Chaos A.D., but it manages to outshine anything Sepultura has put out in the last dozen years." Begrand also stated that the band "is as solid a metal supergroup as you'll ever come across, and the album's eleven tracks benefit hugely from the chemistry between the four musicians." Exclaim! magazine described the album as a "whole being fast, thrash-y and intense in ways that neither Soulfly nor Sepultura have managed to be in a while."[7] IGN gave the album a mixed review, saying that Inflikted is a respectable debut, but is "unfortunately afflicted with bad lyrics".[8] Phoenix New Times criticized the collaboration, stating that Inflikted "sounds more like the product of a weekend spent jamming in the garage than the efforts of two vital artists making up for lost time."[9]

As Cavalera Conspiracy is a supergroup, critics also dedicated their reviews to evaluate the performance of musicians individually. Chad Bowar of said that Max's vocals are "very distinctive, and his angry growls are as strong as ever." Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic praised Rizzo's contributions, saying that "his otherworldly soloing and inventive melodic lines often serve as the creative catalysts responsible for the most inspired moments," while Duplantier "generally just keeps a low sonic profile and his nose out of trouble". IGN gave similar praise to Rizzo, stating that is his "agile lead guitar playing that keeps the album from sinking into metal monotony in many spots."[8]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Max Cavalera, except where noted.

1."Inflikted" 4:32
2."Sanctuary" 3:23
3."Terrorize" 3:37
4."Black Ark" (feat. Ritchie Cavalera)Max Cavalera, Ritchie Cavalera4:54
5."Ultra-Violent"Joe Duplantier, Max Cavalera3:47
6."Hex" 2:37
7."The Doom of All Fires" 2:12
8."Bloodbrawl" 5:41
9."Nevertrust" 2:23
10."Hearts of Darkness" 4:29
11."Must Kill" 5:56
Total length:43:31


Cavalera Conspiracy
Additional personnel


Country Position
Australia 40[10]
Austria 27[10]
Belgium (Flanders) 40[10]
Belgium (Wallonia) 89[10]
Finland 21[10]
France 47[10]
Germany 27[11]
Ireland 99[12]
Italy 71[10]
Netherlands 44[10]
Switzerland 70[10]
United Kingdom 77[13]
United States 72[14]


  1. ^ Cavalera, Max / Beebee, Steve. Kerrang! Magazine. #1213, June 07, 2008. Treasure Chest. An Intimate Portrait Of A Life in Rock. P. 52
  2. ^ review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Artistdirect review
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (26 August 2008). "Inflikted review". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  6. ^ McIver, Joel (April 2008). "Sepultura siblings' triumphant return". Record Collector (348): 88. ISSN 0261-250X.
  7. ^ Pratt, Greg (May 2008). "Cavalera Conspiracy – Inflikted". Exclaim!. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  8. ^ a b Kaz, Jim (2 April 2008). "Max and Igor bury the hatchet in an act of brotherly love?". IGN. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  9. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (11 March 2008). "Cavalera Conspiracy – Inflikted". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Inflikted chart archive". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Chartverfolgung - Cavalera Conspiracy" (in German). Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  12. ^ "Inflikted chart performance". Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  13. ^ "Album Chart - Cavalera Conspiracy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  14. ^ "Artist Chart History - Cavalera Conspiracy". Retrieved 2008-07-30.