Cave In
Planets of Old


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
July 21st, 2009 | 122 replies | 19,931 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cave In are back, baby!

The last time that anyone had heard from Cave In, it appeared that they were primed for a comeback of epic proportions. After abandoning their post as one of the upper echelon of Boston based 1990's metalcore bands to head in a more rock oriented direction in the beginning years of the decade, 2005's Perfect Pitch Black saw Cave In partially returning to the heavier sound which they were known for. That same year they released a limited run cassingle (do people still listen to tapes???) that expanded on Cave In's amalgamation of their older heavier sound and their alt rock leanings. Now some 4 years and numerous side projects later, Cave In are back with a new EP that manages to be heavier, spacier, and just as kick ass as anything they've ever done.

Planets of Old begins with the juggernaut "Cayman's Tongue". Its opening riff is a towering wall of murky sludge and twisted, ethereal guitar atmospherics that makes tracks like the much beloved "Big Riff", off of 2001's Jupiter, seem puny in comparison. It is dirty, gritty, and mean. At the two minute mark Steve Brodsky relinquishes vocal duties to bassist and Zozobra collaborationist Caleb Scofield, who's demonic bark crushes like a run away freight train, further making "Cayman's Tongue" the heaviest, most balls to the wall recording ever to be released under the Cave In name. "Retina Sees Rewind" hearkens to Perfect Pitch Black on steroids with its groovy, Thin Lizzy-ish leads and Brodsky's soaring vocals. As the EP continues Cave In treat us to something that hasn't been heard in years, a technical speed-fuck of a metalcore song, i.e. "The Redtrail", that has you wondering, "when the hell did this turn into Jane Doe?". No joke, its frenzied punk infused drums, technical fretboard wankery, and high pitched throat shredding screams are metalcore mana. Planets of Old ends with the catchiest song on the EP, "Air Escapes". Brodsky's vocal hooks drive the song through a landscape of groovy rock. Unfortunately, while it would easily be a top track on Perfect Pitch Black, it lacks the steam to hold up to the rest of Planets of Old.

Cave In are back. Simple as that. Planets of Old is a venerable tour-de-force of everything one could ever want from a Cave In album. It's too bad that Cave In have written this off as a fans only release by making Planets of Old vinyl only for its physical release.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2009


17212 Comments


Top 10 of the year material right here.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Has the vinyl already been released?

Phantom
July 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noice short review. Gonna listen noooooooow

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2009


17212 Comments


@brent: i think so. i saw a link for it up on the org.

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well of course it's out of stock everywhere...ugh.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 21st 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like it.

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two listens and yah, it's awesome.

Phantom
July 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two listens and it's awesome as well. Not sure what to rate it yet though, will probably give it a few more listens first.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2009


17212 Comments


^ greatest avatar ever.

Phantom
July 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha. I tried to make it a PNG so that the white background didn't show up, but it didn't work. Still looks awesome though.

BallsToTheWall
July 21st 2009


44294 Comments


Need. Good review sirs.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

marksellsuswallets
July 21st 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, The Red Trail is just nuts.

Eskate87
July 21st 2009


959 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great great EP, The Red Trail is immense

GBJ
July 21st 2009


496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's been a good year for first-wave metalcore bands

Relinquished
July 21st 2009


24993 Comments


Damn, this sounds great

Shrapnel94
July 22nd 2009


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds awesome, currently in the process of getting.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2009


17212 Comments


It's been a good year for first-wave metalcore bands

for real. First Coalesce, now Cave In, and come the fall Converge. The big Cs' should all tour together.


Spare
July 22nd 2009


5287 Comments


seems as if this would be difficult to acquire. ):

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accompliceofmydeath
July 22nd 2009


4213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP was extremely impressive. Good to see that they can still do the metalcore thing. Also, speaking of first-wave metalcore, Rorschach is doing some reunion shows on the East Coast.

Digging: Life of Agony - Ugly

foreverendeared
July 22nd 2009


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very good album



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