MP3 of the Day: Black Metal Soundsystem Mix from Mixhell, Playing White Room November 7

MP3 of the Day: Black Metal Soundsystem Mix from Mixhell, Playing White Room November 7

It's enough to make metalhead purists wail and gnash their teeth. Half of the producer/DJ duo Mixhell is Iggor Cavalera, who co-founded seminal Brazilian groove-metal act Sepultura when he was just 15 years old. For the next 20 years, he toured the world and sold out stadiums as the band's drummer, until a 2006 epiphany that came unexpected, at least to outsiders. He changed the spelling of his name from the original "Igor" to its present, two-G iteration, quit Sepultura, and, apparently, discovered the joys of dance music.

With his wife, Laima, he's since then been tweaking the knobs as Mixhell, garnering the support of all the electro-house heavies like Soulwax, Justice, MSTRKRFT, Diplo, James Murphy, and so on. And while Mixhell mines plenty of the ass-tastic funky rhythms of the Cavaleras' home country, everything still grinds with a residual heaviness. Iggor is known to play his drum set live, along with the tracks, too, and the most open-minded of his fans will find a link between his two projects in aggression and low-end rhythm. In fact, I first heard Mixhell spin at a 2008 SXSW showcase between live sets by Napalm Death and Motorhead, and nobody in the black-leathered crowd seemed particularly offended. 

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >