City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar


4.5
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Review

by Electric Ocean USER (3 Reviews)
May 6th, 2005 | 237 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Before their untimely demise, City of Caterpillar released this lone LP in 2002 ,one demo and did a split with Pg.99 ; far too little material for a band of this quality. Incorporating some early emo elements with modern screamo and throwing in post rock-esque build ups (Think Indian Summer meets Circle Takes The Square), this album comes across as truly original.

You realise the epic scale of this record as soon as you discover that with only seven tracks, it still manages to surpass the forty-five minute mark. As soon as you first listen , you begin to realise why.

The opener “And You’re Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven" starts with a distant droning style noise that builds and is soon accompanied by a slightly unsettling guitar line, which continues while the other instruments are added and build until the vocals and drums explode in at 0:42. The drum work after this point is particularly note worthy. The yelled vocals continue until around 2:45 where every thing cuts out and a lone guitar is left to play a strummed chord pattern. From here everything begins to come back in and builds to a crescendo over a few minutes. The vocals then re-appear, but slightly more aggressive until they are again replaced with a melodic passage. The end of the song is then brought about by the line “If it was airtight I knew you’d choke." being repeated over and over until the song fades out.

The second track “A Heart Filled Reaction To Dissatisfaction" takes a somewhat different approach to the first track and is much shorter (2:35). Although it starts fairly melodically it then gets fairly aggressive and travels at a fair pace. This continues until basically the end.

Most of the other tracks on the CD take either one of these formats; some being short and sharp and other using building crescendos and melodic soundscapes.

Although it took me a fair few listen to really get into what this band were all about, it paid off and I now love this release. The vocals are very expressive, the dual guitar parts seem to flow together flawlessly and the drumming is always above par. The bass is also quite good, although some of the time it can be not as prominent as the other instruments at work here.

All in all, I found this album to be a very good listen, and although I was slightly unsure of it at first, it has grown on me a lot. Also it has proved pretty influential material for something produced by for such a short-lived band, and their winning formula of long winding melodic passages can be seen in currently existent band such as Circle Takes The Square and particularly, A Day In Black And White.

I tried to keep this review as short and sweet as possible, as to understand what this band are truly about you need to hear them; comparisons alone are not enough to describe the sound fully. Although ,as they are no longer active, it is quite hard to find links to their music, I’m pretty sure that you could find something on Soulseek. So…um…yeah, check them out. :thumb:


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The soundtrack to every existential crisis you've ever felt....

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SpecialBoy
May 6th 2005


47 Comments


Good review. I really should look at more of this real emo/screamo malarkey.

Electric Ocean
May 6th 2005


16 Comments


Yes, you should.

cbmartinez
May 6th 2005


2525 Comments


I haven't heard any City Of Catepillar besides the two live tracks on hxcmp3 which were definitely nothing special.

Electric Ocean
May 6th 2005


16 Comments


Check out "And You're Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven", it's probably my favourite song on here and although I haven't heard the live stuff, the recorded stuff is pretty good (and most probably better).

hay is for horses
May 6th 2005


1 Comments


This is one of the best albums great to see a review, takes the middle ground between the likes of mogwai and Page 99. This is real emotionally wrecked music no crying in the koo-laid crap like most shit emo, new band malady is fucking great too.

BuddyBigsby
May 6th 2005


531 Comments


I love everything about this band, especially the vocals. Great CD. First track is one of my favorites ever.

pixiesfanyo
May 7th 2005


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.

Sep
June 7th 2005


297 Comments


I so need to pick this up. The first two and the last track are incredible.

City Of Caterpillar > all other emo/screamo I've heard.

Electric Ocean
June 7th 2005


16 Comments


I uploaded it to the File Sending Thread in Harcore/Emo, the yousendit link should be still valid for a few days, so you can get it from there if you want.

ColdCorporate
July 21st 2005


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is what emo/screamo is/was suppose to be. How things went so terrible is beyond me. If you list to Rites of spring, Moss Icon, or Antioch Arrow, then you know what I'am talking about

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 7th 2005


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band are great.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 7th 2005


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ya ColdCoroporate, there's an emo forum here: http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=93

Arrakakaka
October 29th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

God, why do most amazing screamo bands break up!?

Neoteric
October 29th 2005


3243 Comments


I like their name.

Arrakakaka
October 29th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Every time I hear their name, I think about a giant caterpillar eating Helms Deep. It may just be because I'm a nut.

This Message Edited On 10.29.05

Neoteric
October 29th 2005


3243 Comments


[quote=Unstable Mind]
Every time I hear their name, I think about a giant caterpillar eating Helms Deep. It may just be because I'm a nut.
[/quote]
I think of a futuristic city of evil caterpillars. I am so wierd.

Arrakakaka
November 16th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love the rawness. You can tell they're still human because of some of the mistakes.

Kid A
November 19th 2005


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's okay, it's okay. You know I'm....I'M TIRED.

canadapantsman
May 8th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the only "tr00" screamo worthwhile.

Endowed
May 8th 2006


3 Comments


If someone could send this to me on my AIM (catharsis91) that'd be tight. -thanks



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