For all types of noble causes, CAVE IN are one of the broadly revered bands in all of heavy music.
Whether or not reinventing hardcore, exploring psychedelic and progressive rock or just being instinctively ingenious and idiosyncratic, they’ve been a potent (if intermittent) pressure for artistic good because the mid-’90s, with quite a few offshoots and side-projects serving to to flesh out an edifying general image.
Battered however unbowed, following the tragic dying of bassist Caleb Scofield, the legendary Boston pioneers earned infinite respect for finishing 2019’s “Final Transmission” of their fallen buddy’s honor. That album was rightly acclaimed, however its emotional backdrop was as a lot a distraction as a vital characteristic.
On “Heavy Pendulum”, the righteous artistic fireplace that has propelled CAVE IN by means of the a long time is blazing away like by no means earlier than. Like some beautiful and audacious hybrid of “Until Your Heart Stops”, “Jupiter” and its darkly tender predecessor, the band’s seventh album is so filled with power and inspiration that it’s an apparent profession peak lengthy earlier than the dying strains of extraordinary 12-minute nearer “Wavering Angel” recede from view.
The primary track to be unveiled from this colossus, “New Reality”, is an act of flagrant riff worship, brutally heavy however shrouded in melody and that bizarre sense of magnificence that CAVE IN have regularly harnessed previously. Extra importantly, it’s an exquisitely crafted heavy metallic track, imbued with exhilarating urgency but additionally melancholy, resignation and disquiet. Moreover, it rocks like an absolute bastard.
Slower and heavier, “Blood Spiller” is each bit as compelling, as frontman Stephen Brodsky wraps an askance melody round a muscular internet of riffs. In distinction, “Floating Skulls” channels the rarefied, proggy hooks of “Jupiter” by means of a barrage of scabrous, rock ‘n’ roll rowdiness. The title monitor’s languorous, loose-limbed, psych-metal squall makes it 4 stone chilly gems in a row, and all of a sudden the fact dawns that “Heavy Pendulum” would possibly simply be the best factor CAVE IN have ever produced.
There may be actually no dip in high quality at any level right here: no small achievement on an album that lasts for 71 minutes. From the hazy, rolling riffs of “Careless Offering” and the VOIVOD-like angular churn of “Searchers of Hell”, to the tripped-out, downtempo bluster of “Blinded by a Blaze” and the bewitched acoustic haze of “Reckoning”, “Heavy Pendulum” is a wildly imaginative grasp class and but another excuse to embarrass CAVE IN with talk of legendary standing. On this proof, they’re far too absorbed within the course of of constructing great music to be even vaguely serious about such issues. Reward be.