ALL OUT WAR
Any time you put the "Cavalera" name on a project, I'm always going to be willing to give it a chance. Sure, I know that this is not Max or Igor Cavalera, but it's still a Cavalera, and metal with that name on it has yet to truly disappoint me. Max Cavalera's son Richie has emerged with the band Incite - a band that's been given every break the Cavalera tree can give it in order to gain some traction in the underground world. While I'm yet to see any real buzz come of that, it's very clear that growing up as part of the Cav Clan has shown young Richie just what it takes to create powerful modern extreme metal. ALL OUT WAR is a solid collection of tunes, and a good sophomore effort for a band that's going to have to overcome the stigma of association with a metal legend in order to make their own mark. So far, so good.
While most will almost certainly place the success or failure on the shoulders of Cavalera, the best part of this band is the playing of guitarist Gene Macazan. This guy is a tremendous player, and his riffs are simply fantastic. In a lot of ways, his playing on ALL OUT WAR reminds a lot of Phil Demmel of Machine Head. He simply dominates on crunchy numbers like "Hopeless". Incite's music has very little resemblance of bands like Soulfly or Sepultura as people might expect, and the reason is primarily because of the playing of Macazan. There's much more groove to his playing than you might expect for music as heavy as this, and that's a damn good thing. His riffs and solos are not built solely on speed as you might expect, but rather are much more disciplined and focused. It's very distinct, and very memorable. He plays brilliantly over top of the rhythm section made up of bassist Luis Marrufo and drummer Zak. For his part, Zak takes a hit as his drumming sounds a bit electronic and processed. Songs like "Retaliation" and "4Ever Loko" both lose steam as they sound processed in the back beat.
For Cavalera's part, he's pretty pedestrian as extreme vocalists go. There's almost no variation to his screaming from song to song, part to part or line to line. He's certainly solid enough, but his vocals on songs like "Nothing Remains" or "Feel The Flames" are so universally similar that they are almost indistinguishable as different songs. Again, he's not bad, but he's hardly the distinguishable, dynamic vocalist that his stepfather has proven to be in multiple bands. I guess that's not really fair to compare like that, but that's what legacy gets you.
PITRIFF RATING - 72/100 - ALL OUT WAR is a solid enough collection of modern extreme metal, although it really doesn't do much to break a lot of new or interesting ground. There's a lot of people out there that simply want some new modern metal to satisfy gaps between releases of bigger better bands. If that's you, then Incite might be a band to check out. It's doubtful ALL OUT WAR will become a favorite for most, but it's solid enough to satisfy for a little while.