Max And Igor Cavalera Bring Classic Sepultura To KK’s

This was another fantastic night at KK’s Steel Mill, with legendary rock brothers Max and Igor Cavalera bringing their Morbid Devastation Tour to Wolverhampton. Support was from the excellent Incite and Recall The Remains.

Cavalera – Incite – Recall The Remains

KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023

Words and Photography: Andy Shaw

Cavalera

Cavalera - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Cavalera – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

For many of those there tonight, this was something we had looked forward to but never thought would happen. The Cavalera brothers, Max and Igor, would not only re-record but play live some classic Sepultura.

The band’s setlist comprised exclusively of early Cavalera-inspired Sepultura tracks. Max Cavalera came triumphantly onto the stage, blasted into The Curse from Bestial Devastation and boom, we were off.

Cavalera - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Cavalera – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

“Welcome to 1986 and some real Sepultura,” Max announced. They continued to blast their way through the rest of Bestial Devastation. First, the title track, then Antichrist, followed by Necromancer.

Max was alongside his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera on bass and Travis Stone on guitar. The noise created was awesome and intense. The KK’s crowd loved it as the band moved into Necromancer, then Warriors Of Death, then Sexta Feira 13.

Cavalera - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Cavalera – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

The strains of Carl Orff’s O Fortuna rung out before the raw aggression and thunderous musical delivery of Morbid Visions amplified by Max’s growling vocals and Igor’s ferocious drumming. The rest of this amazing album was reeled off, starting with Crucifixion and then Show Me The Wrath.

Cavalera - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Cavalera – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

There was a new spirit and fervour to the songs, with Funeral Rites next, followed by Empire Of The Damned, then Escape To The Void.

Cavalera - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Cavalera – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

This fantastic evening finished with Refuse/Resist and Troops Of Doom. A night of true nostalgia. An awesome show was cheered to the rafters, proving the Cavalera brothers are still at the top of their game.

Incite

Incite - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Incite – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Incite is an American Groove/Thrash Metal band from Phoenix, Arizona. Frontman Richie Cavalera is best known as the stepson of Max Cavalera. Richie is a bundle of energy, bouncing and moving around the stage constantly throughout the set.

They kicked off with Up In Hell, and we were off to a brilliant start to the set. Next were a trio of songs from their latest Wake Up Dead album, Fuck With Me, War Soup and Deadbeat.

Incite - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Incite – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

However, there were a few technical issues with Mike DeLeon’s guitar but this did not deter them. During War Soup it was only Cavalera, Christopher “EL” Elsten on bass and Derek Lennon Lopez drumming, but it still sounded stunning.

Incite - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Incite – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

The crowd loves their brand of Metal, with Cavalera constantly asking for horns from the assembled masses. Next up is Lost Realty, followed by Mental Destruction.

A couple from Built To Destroy followed, starting with the title track, then Ruthless Ways. Their barnstorming set finished with WTF.

Incite - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Incite – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

A brilliant set had the crowd nicely warmed up for the main event.

Recall The Remains

Recall The Remains - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Recall The Remains – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

First up were Telford rockers Recall The Remains, providing the perfect start to the evening. They kicked off with their new single, Fairfield. The lead vocals were perfectly handled by Jacob Collins. With his long dreadlocks and growly voice he prowled the stage like a caged tiger.

Recall The Remains - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Recall The Remains – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Then was into Nigel, followed by Darker Path, which beautifully showed the clean vocals of bassist Jordan Barnes complimenting Collins’s growls.

Recall The Remains - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Recall The Remains – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

They continued with Thirst Inversions, much to the appreciation of the KK’s Crowd. Darkness Lies was next, and their stunning set finished with Our Hell.

Recall The Remains - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Recall The Remains – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk
Recall The Remains - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton - 9 November 2023
Recall The Remains – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – 9 November 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

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