SACRED REICH drummer Greg Hall filled in for CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's Igor Cavalera at this past Thursday night's (April 28) CC concert at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California. Igor was unable to make the show due to the fact that he was "stuck in London" as a result of visa issues. Greg joked, "I've had a whole 24 hours to prepare. As Phil [Rind, SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist] always says, 'It will be fine.'"
Video footage of the West Hollywood performance can be viewed below. (Note: Some of the songs featured other drummer sitting behind the kit, including CAVALERA CONSPIRACY frontman Max Cavalera's sons Zyon and Igor).
Speaking to the Metal Assault web site shortly before taking the stage in West Hollywood, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY frontman Max Cavalera stated about his brother's absence from the gig, "Yeah, it's pretty messed up. He couldn't get a visa in time. He's in London right now, flying, and he's gonna be here [on Friday, in time for the show in Anaheim, California]. He couldn't make it for tonight, so I called my friend Greg Hall [to fill in for the Hollywood show]. He's the drummer for SACRED REICH. He's a great drummer. We just did a soundcheck, so he covered all the CAVALERA stuff, so we're good. Some of my kids are gonna help, too — they're gonna play drums in some songs, too. So we're gonna make it happen. Igor will be here tomorrow, so he'll only miss one show. It sucks, but at least he's gonna make it. It's really kind of a messed up thing with the visa, and he's [had] a hard time with the passport. He got held up in England and he's gonna fly, but the flight only gets here tomorrow."
"Blunt Force Trauma", the sophomore album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 122 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's debut CD, "Inflikted", opened with 9,000 units to enter the chart at No. 72.
"Blunt Force Trauma" was once again tracked with ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, who co-produced the LP with Max. Logan also mixed the follow-up to the band's debut album, "Inflikted", which has sold less than 50,000 copies in the United States since its March 2008 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The brothers Cavalera co-founded SEPULTURA, the Brazilian metal band that redefined and established the genre outside of the U.S. and Europe. After Max exited the band, there was a rift between himself and his brother, one that was eventually repaired through the redemptive power of music. Some time had passed and Max and Igor were unable to resist the musical pull in their magnetic fields and their musical collaboration was renewed. The duo are back for round two with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's lineup is filled out by guitarist Marc Rizzo, who plays with Max in SOULFLY, and bassist Johnny Chow.