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City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar
Level Plane Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Think mounting sweeps of noise interjected with melodic undercurrents, then add in long segments built up to soundscapes, glasses breaking in the background, simple twanged out guitar phrases pushed forward insistently to the breaking point, intros of military drum cadences, a layered string drone, rumbling low-end, the sound of one string being tapped to near-silence, then a rush back into chaos. Think of all of that and you're thinking of City of Caterpillar.

The debut self-titled full length recording from City of Caterpillar clocks in at around 44 minutes, and it does everything mentioned and more. But, strangely enough, this is a hardcore album, so mixed in with all those quasi-orchestral elements are the traditional panicked rushes and cries that are commonplace with hardcore. Formed with members of Pg. 99 and Darkest Hour, City of Caterpillar could be described as screamy and hard (without the more demanding vocals of those bands), but they do so much more than that, extending their shorter, more aggressive sections into meditative sonic excursions. Oh - and sampled wind chimes, they have some of those on this record too. Killer.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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