Cave In - Antenna (Cover Artwork)

Cave In

Cave In: AntennaAntenna (2003)
Sony Music

Reviewer Rating: 5
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We have a very interesting band here, with Cave In. They've come a long way since their hardcore days, and with this, their major label debut, I wasn't too sure what to expect. My best friend's uncle is the guitar player in the band, so I have the inside track on their newest album (well, not reall.
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We have a very interesting band here, with Cave In. They've come a long way since their hardcore days, and with this, their major label debut, I wasn't too sure what to expect. My best friend's uncle is the guitar player in the band, so I have the inside track on their newest album (well, not really, except for the fact that I got to hear it a bit before the release date).

The album starts off with "Stained Silver", a dark and powerful track that sets the tone for the entire album. It's very musical, very interesting - powerful drum rolls back the simple slowly strummed guitar chords, building up into the chorus. The structure of the song is pretty simple -- intro, verse, chorus, etc. But the music is beautiful, and the song is very artistic. Obviously, this isn't the hardcore you (were not) expecting from these guys (assuming you've been gone the past few years and didn't realize these guys decided to go the direction of Pink Floyd instead of screaming hardcore).

The entire album is very, very solid. It's definately not punk, but it's not quite commerical either. With the signing to a major label comes the expectations of commercial success - whether you want to believe it or not, your favorite indie artist, when they sign to a label affiliated with the Big 5, are going to produce songs that the big wigs are hoping will get massive airplay on the radio, or be a hit at least (selling 250,000 albums is only decent of course!). I don't know if that will happen with Cave-In's album, because while it's not a harsh sound, it's not commericial sounding enough to fit on alternative rock stations for the most part. What this album is though, is Cave In's best effort yet. It's got great variation to it, a sound that is very unique to them, and the recordings sound like they're at the top of their game.

Something that makes a great album, is the middle parts. So many times, an artist will put their best songs at the start of an album, and usually put another killer song at the end to round it off - hoping the listener will have a good taste in their mouth after they get done listening. The middle section of this album is fantastic, tracks 5 and 6 are two that standout in my mind. "Beautiful Son" is a very slow and very melodic song, but it's not boring at all. It sort of reminds me of Radiohead, musically at least. Definately not similar to the band, but I could hear some Johnny Greenwood in the background there, making this a powerful track. After that song comes to an end, it's followed up by the 8 minute epic song "Seafrost". The bass line in this song is killer, and remains a potent part of the song the entire way through. Lots of effects in this song too, but very tastefully done. When you finish listening to the song, at least for me, I get that "wow" type of feeling.

After a couple of slower downbeat tempo songs, you get "Rubber and Glue". It's much more upbeat and you have the tendency to tap your foot or slightly bang your head when it comes on. This song shows how well Cave-In can do everything they're attempting on this album. They go from slow, to intense, to upbeat and rocking.

There isn't really a song I dislike on this album, and it's got a great flow from beginning to end. It's not the type of album you notice when you put it on as background music, it's the type of album that, when it's done, you think "wow that was quick". It's also a type of album you can sit down and listen to intently, and thoroughly enjoy it. I've been listening to this album non-stop the last couple of weeks.

Cave-In attempted on Jupiter, and the EP's following them, a type of sound. They achieved that sound pretty good, but with each following release, they were getting closer and closer to the solid and amazing types of music that appear on Antenna. This is a band to follow, and I wonder what they are going to do after this album. I don't believe it can be topped, so perhaps they'll go a different direction. Either way, it's bound to be good. And a note to the people who will immediately flag this band and album as being overrated: Sometimes, bands are called overrated for a reason - it's because they make great music. It's not their fault they're compared to everyone from Pink Floyd to Radiohead (see above part of this review) -- let the music speak for itself. And beautiful music, this is.


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johnnydanger (December 30, 2005)

i cant believe you gave this a fucking 10, are you out of your mind? cave in is my favorite band, but come on, lets be real

soulbleed (June 29, 2003)

yea, to the idiot toward the bottom who said i couldnt do anything right, i was referring to the -song- 'anchor' .. i fucking know the name of the cd. wanker

slippy (June 19, 2003)

the lyrics dont suck!

this cd is really mind blowing, at least it was for me. i love their old stuff but this is just something to behold. though it is kinda poppy sometimes, thats ok.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

this album is very intresting and god damn good.

Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

I couldn't agree with your review more. This record, as well as AFI's Sing the Sorrow, prove to the world that a band can make the jump to a larger label and keep their integrity and style.
It picks up exactly where Jupiter left off. A very logical progression after such a great album.

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

このバンドは本当 に素晴らしいだね

Mikeshitter (March 24, 2003)

Having said that, I do like the gutiar effects on this album. Very nice indeed.

Mikeshitter (March 24, 2003)

It's about as much like the Manics or Radiohead as Justin Timberlake is like Napalm Death.

Thankyou for bringing the word 'ignorance' to a whole new level.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

i love this album, not something i would normally listen to, but it's like british indie music( like manics and radiohead etc) on prozac, and cool gutiar effects. dunno where incubus comes into it, no ripping off make patton and making it sound gay on here.

better than nofxetc etc all those crappy skate bands

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

its also amazing that these guys are only like 21 i think. im agine what they can do in a couple of years...

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

that is some funny shit

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

this is the worst incubus record ever.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

the parental advisory sticker is for the DVD

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

I want to know where the parental advisory comes from. I've listened to this dozens of times, maybe I just let it slide.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

Yeah, they covered a Failure song and there's obviously an inspiration there. But there's a difference between "being inspired by" and "sounding like." Cave In is doing their own thing.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

if you really were a fan of failure youd know just how much cave in really does sound like them. they were one of the driving forces behind the change of sound and stephen has even said they were a major "inspiration". they even covered magnified.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)


Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

As a fan of Rush and Failure, I can safely say that Cave In doesn't sound like either of those. Just lazy people making easy comparisons instead of developing their own thoughts. Yeah, the lyrics suck, but they've always sucked, by far secondary to the music, which is, as ever, is great. I don't like it quite as much as Jupiter, but there's not much in the world that i do like as much as Jupiter. I don't know what else to say, it's really great. Get it.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

worst...lyrics...ever. since stephen stopped screaming its become way too obvious. this also sounds way too much like failure, giants chair, etc. boring. im just gonna listen to those bands instead.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

This is a really great album. Yeah their old hardcore stuff rocked and still does to this day, but this stuff (Antenna, Jupiter, etc.) definatly holds its own and just goes to show how talented this band really is. Don't hate these guys because the sound changed, everything changes...even if you don't like the new stuff, at least respect them for having the balls to completly change their sound and do what they wanted to. Because wether they're hardcore or whatever you wanna call the new stuff (I like the genre music, that fits well), they are very talented and deserve any and all respect they can get.

ThisIsNotEmo (March 18, 2003)

Yeah, I loved Beyond Hypothermia, i loved Until Your Heart Stops, I loved Jupiter, I liked Tides of Tomorrow, and I like Antenna. Antenna is a very good commercial rock CD. I didnt hear a stand out single though. If you only listen to metalcore... well you wont like this CD, and the no-metal kids might not be all that into it either. However, if you can enjoy a mainstream CD when done correctly, I would bet that you would enjoy Antenna.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

The reality check is in the mail - bigjerk

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

"its called antenna.......dumbfuck.....cant you get anything right"

Haha, what? I think he meant Anchor, so who's the "dumbfuck"?

When you kids grow up, you'll realize how great this album is. Really.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

its called antenna.......dumbfuck.....cant you get anything right

soulbleed (March 18, 2003)

heh what are you talking about? "Anchor" is the "Jupiter" for 2003. the album just built off the last one, there's not really too much difference.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

I liked Jupiter...this is too poppy though....where did all the tripped out shit go?!

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