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Cave In - Planets of Old [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Cave In: Planets of Old [12 inch]Planets of Old [12 inch] (2009)
Hydra Head Records

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Fans of any of Cave In's previous work will find something to enjoy on their new EP, Planets of Old. Whether playing blistering metal akin to their Beyond Hypothermia days or classic rock riffs reminiscent of Jupiter, Cave In skirts the boundaries effortlessly, leaving their distinctive mark on each.
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Fans of any of Cave In's previous work will find something to enjoy on their new EP, Planets of Old. Whether playing blistering metal akin to their Beyond Hypothermia days or classic rock riffs reminiscent of Jupiter, Cave In skirts the boundaries effortlessly, leaving their distinctive mark on each.

The most noticeable characteristic of the EP is the settling of the group back into their indie roots. Having come full circle from an underground mainstay to a major label up-and-comer and back again, Cave In seems revitalized (rather than defeated) by their travels. Planets of Old finds the band sticking with their native label Hydra Head, which includes the perks of simple yet thematic artwork from musician/label guru Aaron Turner. In true independent fashion, the band offers the entire album available for streaming, and provides little fanfare on their MySpace to promote the release other than the music itself. Thankfully, the band puts together an EP that is not only a welcome respite after four years of silence, but an intriguing glimpse of what may come next.

In EP opener "Cayman's Tongue," the band begins by building a mood of ominous feedback and drums, which quickly give way to bassist Caleb Scofield's gritty low end. As the music intensifies, guitars trickle in slowly, making use of some of the signature effects that comprise the group's sound. Soon the song soars into one of singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky's powerful lead lines, and segues into a smooth vocal melody, only to switch to an abrasive display rivaling some of their heaviest work. In this first track (probably the strongest of the EP), Cave In proves they have earned their keep in the underground.

Subsequent songs run the gambit of past Cave In releases. In "Retina Sees Rewind," Brodsky pens a catchy, Rush-esque hook which is sure to garner repeated listens. "The Red Trail" is a raging, thrashy ode to their metal/hardcore roots, and "Air Escapes" offers a darker, rock contrast to finish the release. Although the band works in unison, Brodsky shines vocally with an impressive range of pitch and sound that sounds as strong now as it did on any previous works. In just four tracks, Cave In is able to conjure some of the brutality of Until Your Heart Stops as well as some of the uniqueness of Creative Eclipses. With 14 years under their belt, it appears the band has not exahusted their songwriting ability.

Although it is unclear whether the new EP marks a permanent return or simply a break from their former hiatus, the album is a welcome endeavor for Cave In fans who may have been yearning for something new after 2005's Perfect Pitch Black. Although a short offering, Planets of Old is a solid interlude to whatever lies ahead.

 

 
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conduit (September 14, 2009)

This EP rules..looks like they are releasing a rarities collection soon, unfortunately they also said they probably do not have plans to record again anytime soon =(

also the free Cave In/Coalesce shows are in Atlanta and LA

russe11 (September 12, 2009)

oops, i meant "the red trail."

russe11 (September 12, 2009)

SilentStorms - caleb is in fact the main screamer, but the screaming on the red tide is handled by adam mcgrath.

tenwestchaser (September 12, 2009)

Ok, so does anyone know where one could find a digital copy of this? iTunes only has the first two tracks and I desperately want the other two.

ivano (September 12, 2009)

Love this. So HEAVY and yet so psychadelic. Perfect for getting stoned

moneenerd (September 11, 2009)

RETINA SEES REWIND on thsi EP is Cave In's best!!!

SilentStorms (September 11, 2009)

This is quickly becoming my favourite EP of all time. It's not just because the band is back together, but because this EP fucking destroys. I love the back and forth with spacey rock and ... metal ... I guess.

By the way, Caleb Scofield is the bassist/screamer. Adam McGrath is the other guitar player. Just thought you should know ... because ... I'm pretencious. Is that spelled with a (preten)c(ious) or (preten)s(ious)? Regardless, this EP is fucking awesome. And the score for this album is waaaaaay underrated. I guess that's what happens when you don't really know that much about the band.

ashtraymonument (September 11, 2009)

i like it, but i feel like its too jumbled. like they were trying to fit all of their sounds into it

DrGunn (September 11, 2009)

one of my favorite bands ever. so glad they're playing again.

red_eye_inc (September 11, 2009)

All the best stuff streamlined into a great ep. I hope this is a permanent return to recording and touring and a permanent commitment to this type of quality.

sexualsunshine (September 11, 2009)

Had no idea about this. I must have it! Fucking love this band... arn't they doing some free shows soon? In Boston I think? Perfect Pitch Black was a good album but this actually sounds a little cooler. PPB sounded like them trying a little to hard to reclaim their early hardcore/metal days and what I would want the most from them would be a mixture of the hardcore punk/metal as well as the pysched out indie rock they did. I loved it all. So this is cool. Anyway this comment was one huge thing of nonsense. I'm high, and, i'm very, very tired.

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