Cave In
Antenna


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
July 31st, 2005 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Some general impressions:
In my search for bands that venture roughly into the same direction as Sparta does, I came across Cave In, and their so far latest output 'Antenna'. And this record needed a while to grow on me, and even seemed quite weak at first, with little exceptions. The start is strong with 'Stained Silver' (a song that can remember one of "And you will know us by the Trail of Dead...') as well as the great 'Joy Opposites' which is my personal favorite from this album. Unfortunately there are songs like 'Inspire' between such songs, that seem like generous rock songs. It's not really bad, but lowers the overall good feeling and impression.

Which sucks a bit, as the musical work is really good. The vocals do not seem weak or misplaced at all at any place on this album (at least I can not remember a bad vocal spot). The guitar lines are good, nothing to mock about. The bass is interesting. Not that it is absolute upper class stuff like Wooten etc, but adds quite a lot to the mood and feeling of the songs. "Seafrost" has to be the best example for that. The bass with slight distortion/overdrive is ace.

Good and Bad:
Like I already said, there are absolute killer songs on here, but also quite some that can not live to the songs before/after them. "Inspire" or Rubber and Glue" are good examples for that. They seem to generous and average so to say compared to the other songs. Ok, I have to admit, next to the 9 minute long and slightly spacy "Seafrost" it's hard to come to par, as it is one of the strongest songs on the album. Still, it could be better.

On the other hand there are absolute ace tracks like "Joy Opposites", "Woodwork" or "Stained Silver". Plus, the songs feature a good bunch of variations in style. Like mentioned above, "Seafrost" has a spacy touch, where "Anchor" is pretty straight forward rocking. "Joy Opposites" has somewhat of a hymn-like touch (can't find a better word to describe it) and comes pretty close to Sparta songs like 'Tensioning' or 'End Moraine'. With 'Beutiful son' there is also a ballad like song present. Though these style changes are a bit irritating during the first few listens, I think one appreciates them more and more as the album grows on you.

Summary:
The summary is hard here. Overall this is a good album. But the hand full of weaker songs spoils the overall good impression a bit. The good songs leave the better "taste in your mouth", that stays longer, so the picture is positive. But as the second half of the album is IMO considerably weaker compared to the first half, that keeps me from giving a clear 4/5.

If you search for a new band/album to check out from the Alternative rock corner, that is slightly into the direction of Sparta (roughly) you should definately check this one out. Songs like 'Joy Opposites' and 'Seafrost' should really be checked out.

Final rating: 3.5/5
(Very very near to the 4 though)

Recommended songs:
Joy Opposites, Woodwork, Seafrost




Recent reviews by this author
Polar Bear Club Clash Battle Guilt PrideDown-Stares Cobras And Matadors
Unearth The MarchThe Psyke Project Apnea
In This Moment The DreamThis Is Hell Sundowning
user ratings (310)
Chart.
3.5
great
other reviews of this album
asaf (3.5)
With Antenna, Cave In explores new ground, fully embracing a unique and mature sound....


Comments:Add a Comment 
masada
July 31st 2005


2733 Comments


Nice review, as always. :thumb:

Adam Jones is GOD
July 31st 2005


113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was contemplating on reviewing this, but i've done enough negative sounding reviews so far.

The singles they released are good, but I never got into this album at all. To be fair, I bought it after hearing Juggernaught, and thats not even on this.

204409
Emeritus
July 31st 2005


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, if you're expecting an alternative metal CD then don't listen to Cave In's stuff from Jupiter to their most recent B-sides. Their newest stuff is definitely going to blend the two styles for the first time. I'm excited.

Iai
Emeritus
July 31st 2005


3553 Comments


I loved Inspire and Anchor, but never checked this out for some reason.

Maybe I will now. Even if I do say that in about 18 reviews a week.

Neoteric
August 12th 2005


3243 Comments


I loved the song Anchor, awesome jump around song.

calgone
May 13th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album so much.
best songs: stained silver and joy opposites
wait they're all amazing.. seriously, awesome album and great review :thumb:

supraman_2
June 16th 2006


146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is very weak compared to their other works.
Only songs I like are, Stained Silver, Anchor, Seafrost and Inspire, not a good ratio. I give them a 3 because I'm being generous I was really disappointed with what I heard compared to the amount of good reviews this album had.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
June 28th 2007


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's some awesome songs on here, but some really boring ones too.

Stained Silver is so awesome though.

GleamInRanks
June 28th 2007


298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album but "Penny Racer" sucks so hard.

samthebassman
June 28th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I reckon it is pretty solid through out.

Fort23
June 28th 2007


2480 Comments


I wouldn't second that. This is alright. Good review, however.

Tiphanycufflinks
April 2nd 2008


52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I bought this album off amazon for a penny because there was a drill hole in the case. It was worth every...uhh, penny.

DaveBum69
April 2nd 2008


699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree this is pretty close to a 4, but does really fall short compared to there other works.

StrizzMatik
July 26th 2008


3231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I cum over the guitar in the chorus of "Rubber And Glue", which is, btw, a sick track. Great album but it'll never be Jupiter or Perfect Pitch Black.

204409
Emeritus
January 3rd 2009


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules hard.

204409
Emeritus
February 12th 2009


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so much better than I ever gave it credit for.

cvlts
October 6th 2009


8986 Comments


hmmm, i jus bought this for $2 at my cd store.

its good but honestly i thought these guys were a little heavier than this?

Relinquished
October 6th 2009


26016 Comments


in Beyond Hypothermia they are boulder heavy

cvlts
October 6th 2009


8986 Comments


then whats this?
this is like Juliana Theory status lol

Relinquished
October 6th 2009


26016 Comments


not really sure. been awhile since I heard this



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy