Published Oct 02, 2013James Murphy has been taking on production gigs since the dissolution of LCD Soundsystem, working with groups like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire. Here's a collaboration we didn't see coming, however: Murphy is reportedly producing the new album from Brazilian-bred heavy metal act Cavalera Conspiracy.
The band features former Sepultura members Max Cavalera and his brother Igor (sometimes known as "Iggor"), who also helms the electronic project Mixhell. In an interview with the Guardian, Iggor explained that, while Cavalera Conspiracy was previously a quartet, Murphy encouraged them to strip the lineup down to a two-piece.
"James Murphy approached me with the record idea, but eventually suggested some others. To start with, he wants only the two of us in the studio, like a metal version of the White Stripes. He also wants nothing but the two of us on stage," Iggor said. "He basically asked me to get rid of the rest of the band. Cavalera Conspiracy has four members and two records. Murphy asked us to start from scratch as a duo. According to him, 'This will come to be the heaviest record of our careers.' He promised me that."
Iggor added that he and Max used to play as a two-piece at home as teenagers, but they haven't been a duo in about 30 years. Currently, their Facebook page still lists the full four-piece lineup.
Max previously told Live Metal that the album would be grindcore, but these plans may have changed now that Murphy is involved.