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Cave-In
2 Song Hydrahead Single
Hydrahead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Cave In have been evolving throughout their existence, and that is an indisputable fact. It is also something that is said in every single album review. "Cave In are evolving." I'd say they are certainly changing and honing their sound, but the term "evolve" carries with it a positive connotation. I'm not sure that the consensus is that Cave In are getting better. They're getting bigger, that is for sure. They've gone from a Hydrahead screamo band with a cool name to the next major label punk kids. The way they've been growing and growing and growing and lining their pockets with industry and press insiders, building a legion of followers through hard work and relentless touring, reminds me a lot of Rocket From the Crypt. Their actual sound pretty much lands smack in the middle between Incubus and Rush. They have the technical proficiency of Rush and the new, heavy space-rock-with-hooks sound much the same as Incubus. I guess you could say they're a lighter version of HUM or Failure, which has its good points and its bad points. The hooks are nice, as hooks usually are, and they're not so infectious that you lose track of the pounding toms and snare or the proggy guitar and bass. The vocals rely a lot on repetition, frontman Stephen Brodsky's vocals in "Lift Off" repeating "hey man" almost as much as that dude from Filter did about seven years ago.

Cave In have, of course, racked up some huge tours and subsequently (or is in the other way around?) inked a deal with RCA. I imagine that their major label debut will receive some major label funding and be coated with the major label gloss that the kids with summertime beanies and scary thermonuclear sunglasses love. This two track EP, which I would have preferred as a 7" slab of colored vinyl, marks the band's departure from Hydrahead, and is probably a good indication of both the neo-metal roots from which Cave In have grown and the rap-rock-without-turntables sound toward which they will undoubtedly be steered. As they "Lift Off" we can only hope that they won't get "Lost In the Air" and completely sell out.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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