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Cannae

CANNAE (KA-nigh) is named after one of history's most celebrated military achievements, taking place in the summer of 216 BCE. Hannibal led his troops through the Alps, elephants in tow, into Italy and defeated the mighty Roman army, despite being outnumbered in what has been dubbed the "world's bloodiest battle" still to this day, topping both the crusades and two world wars.

From the evaporation of original membersí previous bands (fortydaysrain, Ookla The Mok and Grimlock), CANNAE immediately came out swinging the release of their debut album, Troubleshooting Death in 2000. ...read more

CANNAE (KA-nigh) is named after one of history's most celebrated military achievements, taking place in the summer of 216 BCE. Hannibal led his troops through the Alps, elephants in tow, into Italy and defeated the mighty Roman army, despite being outnumbered in what has been dubbed the "world's bloodiest battle" still to this day, topping both the crusades and two world wars.

From the evaporation of original membersí previous bands (fortydaysrain, Ookla The Mok and Grimlock), CANNAE immediately came out swinging the release of their debut album, Troubleshooting Death in 2000. An all out slugfest, Troubleshooting Death was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Cave In), and helped usher in the rising success of the metal and hardcore scene in Massachusetts upon its release, making CANNAE a force to be reckoned with.

After a succession of successful Northeast shows and tours alongside the demise of the bandís first record label, CANNAE inked a deal with Los Angelesí Prosthetic Records. 2003 saw the band release their Prosthetic debut, Horror, produced by Killswitch Engageís Adam Dutkiewicz. Shortly after the release of Horror, in the midst of mass praise, drummer Michael Boutillette left the band. After a summer tour with a last-minute session drummer, Colin Conway (Frozen, ex-The Year of Our Lord) took over the drum throne. After touring extensively with metal heavyweights Chimaira, Soilwork, Bury Your Dead, Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying and 3 Inches of Blood, CANNAE saw more line-up changes within their ranks. Bassist Daniel Campenella and guitarist Jason Zucco went their ways in the spring of 2004. Shortly thereafter, Shane Frisby (then the bandís tour manager) came into the fold already knowing the songs. He quickly snatched up a bass and has been pounding it out ever since. Still lacking a second guitarist, numerous shows were played throughout New England with Zucco filling in until a suitable replacement could be found.

After coming out of countless auditions for a new guitar player empty-handed, the band headed down to Florida as a four-piece to record GOLD BECOMES SACRIFICE with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, God Forbid) in early 2005. Conway handled the drumming and second guitarist responsibilities, temporarily filling the vacant spot. Guest solos from both Suecof and the legendary James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) were laid down for inclusion GOLD BECOMES SACRIFICE. . It wasn't until the end of the recording process that CANNAE met guitarist Alex Vieira (Capharnaum) who was more than eager to join up and record a few solos of his own.

Swinging in full force with the juggernaut GOLD BECOMES SACRIFICE behind them, CANNAE hits the metal scene with their most focused and mature effort to date. Showcasing rabid musical intensity and technicality, combined with vocalist Adam DuLongís harsh, yet articulate vocals and unparalleled fret board talent, GOLD BECOMES SACRIFICE is an abrasive, brutal record for fans of metal and hardcore alike. This is one record that will separate CANNAE from the rest of the crowd, catapulting the band above and beyond the current trends and fashions in metal.

Hannibal and his motley troopsí historic victory over the superior Roman forces teaches everyone an important lesson that war is often won with intangibles such as fierce dedication and unity towards a common purpose. Such is the case for CANNAE, a band with unparalleled dedication and intensity. GOLD BECOMES SACRIFICE is just the beginning.

In the summer of 216 BCE, Hannibal led his troops through the Alps and into Italy, where they defeated the mighty Roman army in one of history's most celebrated military achievements: The Battle Of Cannae.

While legend speaks of the intimidation factor posed by the arrival of an invading force riding elephants, the truth is that the elephants were dead before the battle began. The victory of Hannibal and his motley troops over the superior Roman forces taught an important lesson that remains a staple in the canon of military education to the present: more troops, better equipment and more sophisticated training does not ensure victory. Where these factors can put an army in a better position to succeed, war is often won or lost in the intangibles, such as a fierce dedication and unity of purpose.

In a sense, Hannibalís conquest over the sophisticated Romans is reminiscent of what CANNAE is doing on a different terrain. The Boston-based quintet's highly anticipated sophomore release, "Horror, " features technically spectacular playing and production by one of underground music's most respected producers, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (From Autumn To Ashes, Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die), but ultimately, it's the music's relentless ferocity and kinetic riffage that has helped CANNAE rise to the top of New England's saturated hardcore and metal scenes.

From the early days of Sam Black Church, Gang Green and Slapshot to contemporary scenesters like Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Diecast, the Boston area has produced some of the finest, fastest and heaviest acts around. Featuring ex-Forty Days Rain and Grimlock members, CANNAE burst onto the scene in 2000 with a snarling debut album, "Troubleshooting Death (originally released on Eastcoast Empire, later re-released on Brutal Records), " ripping through blistering speed and thunderous breakdowns amidst a wall of controlled chaos and overwhelming screams. CMJ praises the album: "making the likes of Coalesce and Converge seem laid back by comparison, CANNAE dishes out unbridled, two-guitar chaos-core." Recorded by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Cave In, Converge, American Nightmare), Troubleshooting Death established the band as a fierce act and landed them on the best heavy music shows in New England. Establishing their live reputation through countless gigs and commanding main stage performances at the world famous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, CANNAE soon found themselves heading out on tours with bands like Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die and A Life Once Lost.

"Horror" is the second installment of aural obliteration from the CANNAE camp. Bursting with double-bass, sinister guitar pyrotechnics and plenty of screaming bloody murder, "Horror" fulfills the promise of the band's debut and devastating live performances. The album is already being hailed as a classic in American metal, with Unrestrained! magazine calling it "a relentless rampage of heinous emotions unraveling at grinding speed that'll surely scare the bejeezus out of many who come in contact with it..

A crushing sophomore album in their holster, a pissed off elephant to ride (figuratively speaking) and a collective goal of sonic annihilation, CANNAE are more than poised to scare the bejeezus out of America - they're setting out to destroy it.

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Gold Becomes Sacrifice
2005

3.4
12 Votes
Horror
2003

2.7
3 Votes

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