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Max's last metal offering - 80%

HangThePope, January 1st, 2005

Industrial Metal is a much maligned avenue of metal. Metalheads may see it as average musicians using keyboards and mixers to produce uninspiring, one dimensional songs with repetitive riffs, void of any guitar solos and all churned out in the name of making them look like they're futuristic hate machines that are a dab hand at technology....this album from Cavalera and Fudge Tunnel's Alex Newport proves otherwise.

This album caught me by surprise not only by being inspiring but also being good considering its point in time in Max's being made after just releasing Chaos AD!!!
That might be one of the repellants to metalheads and why this album is pretty underrated. You probably think that this albums chocked full of the lame, half ass groove/proto mallcorisms and riffs from Chaos AD but there's SCANT proof of those shenanigans on here. This THRASHES and it Thrashes fucking hard!! Riffs and aggression straight out of the Beneath The Remains-Arise drawer.

Cavalera does carry over the political themes to this side project from Chaos AD which some might find hard to stomach and too hardcore inspired but for me its a small price to pay for the thrash mayhem that ensues.

The best asset the album has which casts them away from other industrial metal like Skrew or Ministrys Psalm 69, is the riff variety. Each song has a different flavour and mould but still maintains the "Thrash Til' Death" Ethic!!

The album, song by song generally has the same level of high quality but my favourites and ones that stick out to me would be "Cockroaches", "Guerillas" and "For Fucks Sake".

This is pretty much the last stop on Max's road of metal supremacy. After this release the path that Mallcore pioneers KoRn and Deftones was too tempting and he fell by the wayside, as best displayed on the Korn Fellating, '96 Sepultura release "Roots" and then onto the disgraceful outfit "Soulfly".
Max "Metal God" Cavalera was killed and replaced with the baggy panted scum bag "Mallcore Max" and followed by hordes of metalhead mournings..:(

However...if you're out to find some "Jump Da Fuck Up" moments on here you'll be looking for a long time cos the aggression and riffs will kick seven shades of shit out of you.