First New Studio Recordings in 20 Years!
It's been 20 years since Chavez released their second and final studio album Ride The Fader but in late 2015, Matt Sweeney, Clay Tarver, Scott Marshall and James Lo resumed operations, once again ensconcing themselves with John Agnello at New Jersey's Water Music, ignoring the label's demands for a full-length album and instead delivering three knockout punches that prove these godfathers of art metal are as idiosyncratic, inventive and anthemic as ever. With an influence and corresponding fan devotion that far outstrips their short-but-sweet discography and limited tenure(s), Chavez remains one of Matador's most beloved bands and quite possibly a high water mark for '90's cerebral hard rock. For the quartet to emerge from hibernation, despite having myriad other professional and artistic demands on their time, is an unbelievably welcome surprise. Cockfighters is a more than brilliant addition to the Chavez oeuvre.