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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Hydrahead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Cave-In has been together since 1995, though this is the first I've heard of them. Then again, that's not so unusual and means absolutely nothing. As I listen, I find myself wishing I had caught wind of this before their transformation took place. Apparently, they used to play some kind of unorthodox metal type music, but the details are sketchy. I can tell you that they have toured with the likes of Isis and Neurosis, but they don't appear to be influenced by either of them. It's difficult to put a finger on possible influences for this bands music. The sleeve that the disc came in thanks a range of bands from The Dillinger Escape Plan to Piebald to Snapcase to and Rainer Maria, but that too means nothing. The metal roots do present themselves, in small doses, surfacing from the spacious melancholy as blistering and intricate heroics from a very busy master of scales that is the guitarist. The drum beats are meaty and recall the ghost of the legendary John Bohnam at times. The vocals swell and swoon with the range of Radiohead and the precision of Sebastian Bach. Having said this, I now tell you that this is not a metal record. Some metal elements are present, as I mentioned, but there is much more here. These guys make a bunch of sound when they get with it, but they can also be very delicate and moody. Energy is dissipated in instrumental mayhem, only to be regenerated in the ebbs that follow. Emotions are carried out of the songs on music that is the combination of space and time. The record makes me feel, it makes me think, and it takes me to a place I've never been. Sometimes it makes me press the repeat button.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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