Being part of a musical dynasty can be a double edged sword, OK so the name may open doors but it can also overshadow what a musician creates in his (or her) own right. It can also lead to people forming an immediate preconception of what the music will sound like without even giving it a listen..
So.. with that in mind, let’s get the name drop out the way first. All Out War the new album from Thrash Metal outfit Incite, who are fronted by Richie “Stepson of Max” Cavalera. Richie has served his apprenticeship in the family firm, aged 12 he sang “Bleed” on stage at Ozzfest and he has recorded with both Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, but with All Out War he (and the band) have very much forged their own identity.
Cavalera is joined by guitarist Gene Macazan, Bassist Luis Marrufo and Zak (just Zak) on Drums, and a tighter, heavier outfit it’s difficult to imagine. Pantera-esque structures and Lamb Of God grooves welded together with the rage and uncompromising lack of subtlety that apparently comes with being a Cavalera.
As Ritchie says “It’s got the aggression we’ve always had, but the songs have evolved, The lyrics are far more personal. A lot of the grooves and leads are much crazier. There’s a good balance.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself
This is one of those albums that will grab you by the bollocks and just refuse to let go. From the moment that opener The Aftermath explodes from the speakers spitting riff-fuelled bile and attitude it’s immediately obvious that the phrase “take no prisoners” fits. Like I said, this isn’t subtle at all, it’s brash, angry and as in-yer-face as it gets.
Ritchie is obviously a bit of a cheery bugger too, with song titles like Hopeless, Nothing Remains and Die Alone hinting at a dark, and no doubt intensely personal, journey that has led to this point.
I’m a sucker for a good Thrash album, and to be fair this year I’ve been somewhat spoiled for choice, with the Old School (in the shape of Testament and Kreator) showing the younger generation how it’s done. Well with All Out War, Incite have unleashed something up there with anything that has assaulted ears in the past 12 months.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so if you like your Thrash with “proper” lyrics and crushingly heavy riffs tempered with some awesome hooks then All Out War should definitely be on your letter to Santa.