Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cavernlight : " As We Cup Our Hands and Drink From the Stream of Our Ache"

The fact I found these guys on Noisey could play for or against them depending on how much hipster they get in their metal. This is dark and dense. Not limited to doom tempos though the kind of depressing places doom goes is in this band from Wisconsin's zip code. Not venturing over the 8 minute mark  they are not trying to drone you into submission. The vocals sound like a mountain lion that is being tortured. There is a greater sense of melody in the guitar that opens up the second song.   like Eyehategod on different drugs than the guys in Eyehategod actually do. Where Eyehategod are hateful these guys are too depressed to get in touch with their hate on that animal level despite the vocals. The vocals actual sit back further in the ix on this one.

"Wander part 2' is more of an interlude than an actual song as it lingers in minimal post -rock like atmosphere. Then there is an almost shoe gaze like hypnosis that set in with "To Wallow in the Filth that Dwells Where Despair is Born".  I like this melody and it's shame the melodic possibilities are left to wander in the filth.The songs potential is abandoned around the four minute mark. Female vocals come in a lend a more Ragana like feel to the song though this is the touch of dynamics that the album needed. They go into a more black metal climax, so these guys only flirt with doom, but like many bands of this day and age they dip into a few genres.

I'll give this album an 8.5 . Any one who tries to claim it's their album of the year is just being a hipster, but this is pretty good when it embrace the more melodic side. I would like to hear more from these guys as their is potential. If you want dark dreamy post-rock tinged sludge then this is worth your time.

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