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Cave In - Anomalies Vol. 1 (Cover Artwork)

Cave In

Cave In: Anomalies Vol. 1Anomalies Vol. 1 (2010)
Hydra Head

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: OverDefinedOverDefined
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For me, the reformation of Cave In is one of the best things to happen to music in the past few years. As one of the most fearless and unique bands of its generation, we saw the band go from early metalcore heroes to space rock visionaries to a major label rock band writing singles and, finally, bac.
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For me, the reformation of Cave In is one of the best things to happen to music in the past few years. As one of the most fearless and unique bands of its generation, we saw the band go from early metalcore heroes to space rock visionaries to a major label rock band writing singles and, finally, back to some sort of amalgamation of all those things. This release, Anomalies Vol. 1 is a B-sides and rarities type of collection featuring a string of work dating back to 1999's Until Your Heart Stops.

Side A opens with "Mr. Co-Dexterity". Clearly from the Until Your Heart Stops days, it features a million riffs, double bass, some weird guitar theatrics, and screamed vocals from frontman Stephen Brodsky. Next up, "Inflatable Dream" is a Jupiter-era track with vocals solely from bassist Caleb Scofield. However, in contrast to that seminal album, it's much heavier and riff-oriented and I think it ultimately might have seemed out of place on that release.

What follows are three covers, "I Love I Jah" by Bad Brains, "Plainsong" by the Cure, and "N.I.B." by Black Sabbath, each one originally destined for or appearing on a tribute album. Thankfully, the band takes "I Love I Jah" and puts it into their own style, producing a pretty atmospheric song that sounds like something that might have been on their Tides of Tomorrow release, if not for the very un-Cave In-like style of the lyrics. The track ends with an extended delay and noise segment, a staple of their live shows around that period.

"Plainsong" is decidedly downtuned, even moreso than I remember Cave In ever doing. The synth line is suitably covered via ultra-effected guitars, working well within the band's sound. Overall, though, the song comes off awkwardly, with Brodsky singing what sounds like is way too low for him, and some weird echo thing all over his voice. Thankfully, the band nails the next cover, "N.I.B.", turning the originally dirging Sabbath rocker into an atmospheric post-rock spectacle. I would love to see the band bust this one out live like they used to with the Led Zeppelin "Dazed and Confused" cover they were playing around 2001 (by the way–I'm a Cave In superfan if you didn't notice).

Following the covers is a demo version of "Innuendo and Out the Other", one of the standout tracks from Jupiter. Without much studio polish, it kind of sounds like a live recording. Differences from the album version include some odd vocal harmonies, an additional vocal line and lyrics over the drum roll bridge, a busier bassline, and a different ending with screamed vocals. It's cool, but listening to this version just makes me want to throw on Jupiter. Finally, the record closes with a cover of Codeine's "Cave-In", which is obviously the band's namesake song. It's a slow, drum-less song with nicely sung vocals and is reminiscent of the '90s band Failure.

This release is likely for big fans only as nothing on here is as great as any of their regular releases. However, from a fan's perspective it fills a nice roll in the band's varied discography, getting these outside tracks onto vinyl.

 


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overdefined (April 10, 2011)

You're right about it being a Cure song, but it says that in the review:

"What follows are three covers, “I Love I Jah” by Bad Brains, “Plainsong” by the Cure, and “N.I.B.” by Black Sabbath"

Allular (April 10, 2011)

"Plainsong" is actually a Cure cover, if I'm not mistaken..

tenwestchaser (April 9, 2011)

Weak. Alright, Cave In/Hydra Head, stop being snobs and put this out on CD or at least release a digital copy. Overdefined, thanks for the heads up.

overdefined (April 9, 2011)

@tenwestchaser

No, it comes with very very little for its hefty price tag. Black vinyl (with no printing on the labels) and an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of glossy paper with explanations of the songs. That's it,

eatdogs (April 8, 2011)

failure was such an awesome band...

tenwestchaser (April 8, 2011)

Before I sound like too much of a dick, does the vinyl come with a digital copy or anything?

DrGunn (April 8, 2011)

i was originally not going to get this because i have 6/7 of the songs, but the one i don't have is a jupiter-era song?! sold!

bryne (April 8, 2011)

Also, I hope "Prognosis" makes it onto one of these releases eventually.

bryne (April 8, 2011)

Cave In's "Dazed and Confused" cover is a million times better than the original. I need to find that CD I used to have with that song on it.

preston (April 8, 2011)

Did not buy because it was too expensive.

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