Venom that needed airing

At this point, Max Cavalera has nothing left to prove to naysayers or fans.

Always with a bag full of riff ideas of various forms of music to suit any prospective project, Go Ahead And Die finds Max writing a musical love letter to early hardcore and crust punk with some crossover thrash in there for the hell of it, all with the assistance of his son Igor Amadeus (Vocals, Guitar and Bass) and Zach Coleman (Drums).

Wasting no time in showing what they have the band launch into Truckload Full of Bodies and you can almost feel the spit hitting your face as Max attacks his vocals. From the get-go there is nothing to be held back, as they smash through a perfect ode to the punk scene to which this album is a paen.

The musical assault continues through a haze of vocal reverb and cutting guitars, and a drum sound that feels like it’s in the same space you are listening to it in. The production has perfectly caught the vibe that the musical assault has laid bare. This is a recording created and embedded in the 80s, proudly wearing it all on its crusty vest.

When the group setup for the thrashier elements, the same amount of passion can be felt. It is as if Igor Amadeus has reawakened something in his father. A great example is Punisher as it rattles along indescribably before a bass driven breakdown into news samples of what sounds like mass shooting events. The hardcore element is never far away, even managing to squeeze a bass intro on the short, sharp, creatively titled Worth Less Than Piss.

This is a Cavalera family gathering with a lot of social politics to get off its chest, something that has been missing from Max’s output for a very long time, and as the album continues to rattle and clank along, I have to remind myself how long Max has been in the industry in particular with his Soulfly project. Cavalera is a man whose career I have followed, like most metal fans in my age bracket, for the majority of my music listening life. What he has laid down here though, with the help of his son and his son’s mate, is quite possibly the best thing he has done since spearheading and then leaving the Sepultura juggernaut in 1996. That’s right, in a 25 + year ‘solo’ career, this may well be the most powerful music that Max Cavalera has made. As much a statement of intent as a modern musical force in waiting, this is venom that needed airing.

1. Truckload Full of Bodies
2. Toxic Freedom
3. I.C.E. Cage
4. Isolated Desolated
5. Prophets Prey
6. Punisher
7. El Cuco
8. G.A.A.D.
9. Worth Less Than Piss
10. (In The) Slaughterline
11. Roadkill