Review and Photography by Damien Harvey
The air was thick with anticipation as metalheads from all walks of life gathered at Shepherds Bush Empire to witness the legendary Cavalera brothers take the stage. The atmosphere was charged with energy, and the crowd’s excitement reached a fever pitch as the band unleashed a sonic onslaught that would reverberate through the night.
The show opened with the ferocious intensity of “Bestial Devastation,” a track that set the tone for the evening. The raw power emanating from Max and Igor Cavalera was mesmerizing, and their onstage chemistry was nothing short of electrifying. As they seamlessly transitioned into “Antichrist” and “Necromancer,” the audience was transported to a realm where the boundaries between performer and spectator blurred into a shared experience of unbridled metal mayhem.
The energy reached a fever pitch with “Warriors of Death,” as the mosh pit transformed into a swirling vortex of bodies. The relentless assault continued with the haunting “Sexta Feira 13,” a sonic journey that showcased Cavalera’s ability to blend aggression and melody.
The journey continued with the haunting “Morbid Visions” and the relentless assault of “Mayhem,” each song punctuating the air with a ferocity that left no head unbangable. The crowd’s enthusiasm showed no signs of waning as the band delved into the depths of their discography, delivering a sonic barrage with “Crucifixion,” “Show Me the Wrath,” and “Empire of the Damned.”
The concert reached a pinnacle of intensity with the iconic medley of “Refuse/Resist” and “Territory,” unleashing a torrent of sonic aggression that left the audience in awe. The brothers’ relentless energy on stage was matched only by the fervour of the mosh pit below, creating a symbiotic relationship between the band and their dedicated followers.
Closing the night with a thunderous encore, Cavalera Conspiracy treated the crowd to the classic “Troops of Doom,” leaving no doubt that the legacy of Sepultura was alive and well in their capable hands. The final notes of “Escape to the Void” resonated through the venue, leaving the audience in a state of metal ecstasy.
In conclusion, Cavalera’s performance was a masterclass in metal mayhem. With a setlist that spanned their illustrious career, the Cavalera brothers proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the world of heavy music. The concert was a testament to the enduring power of their music and the unbreakable bond between the band and their fans. As the last echoes of distortion faded away, it was clear that everyone present had experienced a night of metal magic that would be etched into their memories for years to come.
Max Cavalera (Vocals, Guitar)
Igor Cavalera (Drums)
Warriors of Death
Sexta Feira 13
O Fortuna (Video)
Show Me the Wrath
Empire of the Damned
Escape to the Void
Refuse/Resist / Territory
Troops of Doom