Cave In
Beyond Hypothermia


4.0
excellent

Review

by NeutralThunder12 USER (9 Reviews)
September 26th, 2010 | 64 replies | 9,355 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first release from Cave In is an underrated compilation that deserves the attention of any true metalcore fanatic.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

I walk to my computer. I turn it on. Once it finishes booting, I proceed to open the “iTunes” application. I scroll to Massachusetts alternative/metalcore band Cave In, and I double-click the first track off of their debut “Beyond Hypothermia”, called “Crossbearer”. I am then astounded by the fact that this album only has 55 votes.

Following their formation, Cave In started off by doing splits with underground metal bands similar to their style, until they were satisfied enough with their material to make a compilation/album called “Beyond Hypothermia”, which was a collection of various songs that the band had written up to that point. The fact that the album is comprised of various demos from different years and while different members worked within the band can actually be a slight downfall; the album itself lacks the cohesion of a normal record, and the change of style/sound between some of the earlier written and later songs is definitely noticeable. Despite this, the album has too many positive qualities and killer tracks to be overlooked as a whole.

The first song (and my personal favorite), “Crossbearer” gives you a taste of what Cave In is all about. Intricate hardcore riffing (including fantastic dual leads), atypical song structure, thunderous metalcore vocals (that will remind some of The Dillinger Escape Plan), desperate cleans, and the constant assortment of muddy amplifiers roaring the background. Any fan of Converge, Botch or Skycamefalling would definitely be impressed by the stylistic approach of “Beyond Hypothermia”. “Crossbearer” is the most memorable song on the album, as the jarring intro, melodic clean vocal section, and vast array of striking metalcore riffs come together as one, organized slab of metalcore madness. The chugging hooks and chaotic vocals never leave your head. “Crossbearer” is an infectious, metalcore classic.

The most distinct aspect of “Beyond Hypothermia”, besides key track “Crossbearer” are the totally badass, grooving thrash riffs that establish a leading presence in almost every song. “Chameleon” the second song on the album, is a mini-epic that combines malicious guitar attacks with an enormous, classic style metalcore breakdown to create 6 minutes of hardcore bliss. “Pivotal”, another highlight, is built around a shattering, high pitched dual lead and a colossal, reverb frenzy/experimental section that never fails to make my jaw drop. “Flypaper”, a song which many Cave In fans consider to be a classic, features an insanely tight tap-on/pull-off combo riff that any guitar player would drool over. Literally any track on this record, even those that aren’t great songs by themselves, can all be noted for virtuoso metal/hardcore punk riffs.

Another noteworthy characteristic of “Beyond Hypothermia” is the constant dabbling with reverb crazy, sludgy sounding dynamics. Similar classic metalcore bands like Knut and Converge perfected dissonant production in their brand of metalcore, and Cave In did a great job with it on this record. Some examples of this dissonance include the old school sounding, amplifier reflections in the intro and midsection of “Capsize”, the first minute and a half of “Flypaper”, and the cacophonous cries in the middle of the lo-fi “Crambone”. While the unprocessed production of “Beyond Hypothermia” might sound awful to the untrained ear, a true musician will be able to appreciate the rawness.

Though riff-tastic and energetic throughout, “Beyond Hypothermia” is far from perfect. Tracks like “Stoic” and “Ritual Famine” do nothing noteworthy at all, and almost stunt the awesomeness of this record each time one of those tracks comes on. “Stoic” ruins the powerhouse flow of the first three tracks of the album by being weakest and most annoying song on the disc. “Ritual Famine” is a totally underwhelming and bland metal tune that cannot follow in the footsteps of the previous song “Pivotal”. Besides these two weak tracks, “Beyond Hypothermia” contains a song that I both worship and loathe. It’s the 11-minute album closer “Crambone”. The first few minutes of “Crambone” are ridiculously irritating; the vocals sound as if the vocalist from Clutch was singing (not that that’s a bad thing by itself, but it doesn’t mix with the music at all and sounds totally incongruous when compared to everything else on the record). Following those few minutes of frustration, “Crambone” breaks into a noise section based around various combinations of intense amplifier reverb and human wails, and while definitely an interesting experiment on the whole, it simply runs for too long. Something else to note about “Crambone” is that after a few minutes of silence after the noise section, Cave In try a little Metallica medley, specifically of the songs “Fight Fire with Fire”, “Creeping Death” and “The Four Horsemen”. I was definitely satisfied by this as Metallica is my favorite band of all time, but even those who are not fans of Metallica may find it interesting.

With “Beyond Hypothermia”, Cave In solidified themselves as a key figure in the world of metalcore. While it lacks diversity and a cohesive flow, it’s full of metalcore classics that are on par with the work of any other celebrated metalcore bands such as Botch or Coalesce. “Beyond Hypothermia” is a must-have for any proper metalcore fan.
RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
“Crossbearer”
“Flypaper”
“Pivotal”
“Capsize”



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NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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Kind of long, but whatever. First review in my Cave In series, hope I did an ok job. Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



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I would say that the the closest thing that this sounds like is early Poison the Well as both are very open, airy and octave based.

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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I definitely, definitely agree with that. That is true. It really is so similar to the airy atmosphere and the big, fat open chords that bands like Converge and Knut use.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



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well written review, pos'd.

All i have from Cave In is Perfect Pitch Black and Jupiter, both of them are great.

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Obfuscation24
September 26th 2010



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6th paragraph dragged on a little too much, but a good review otherwise. Listened to one of their albums that you rec'd me and theyre definitely a great band

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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@ Obfuscation yeah they are. the only reason the 6th paragraph is long is because it's hard to explain the wonder that is "Crambone" and I wanted to make sure I talked about that one fully. thanks very much dude

@ Voivod, Jupiter is easily their best album, but definitely get "Until Your Heart Stops"

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



7177 Comments


Good review (pos). Nice job.

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NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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thanks bro

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



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since you take the time to describe the vocals in detail at parts you should note that Brodsky does none of the vocals on this album and that Caleb Scofield wasn't in the band yet -- crossbearer-pivotal are sung by Jay Frechette and Dave Scrod does the last two.

FreePizzaDay
September 26th 2010



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That riff on Flypaper makes me lose my shit. I broke a lamp with that thing on. Good review

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Sky, I was aware that multiple vocalists are on this album and that Brodsky is nowhere on the record vocally, only guitar. I'll edit if Sputnik will let me haha thanks

@Pizza dude the riffs in that song (but the main one, the one I know you are talking about) is fucking sick.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



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when i saw them last fall, Adam started playing Flypaper but then they went into Luminance(i think). The crowd went apeshit for a couple seconds.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



17920 Comments


I walk to my computer. I turn it on. Once it finishes booting, I proceed to open the “iTunes” application. I scroll to Massachusetts alternative/metalcore band Cave In, and I double-click the first track off of their debut “Beyond Hypothermia”, called “Crossbearer”. I am then astounded by the fact that this album only has 55 votes.

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hahaha wow. Unfortunately the only classics that really play are a few from Heart Stops, they dont really play anything from this album as far as I know

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks Chan

you know Jesse Lacey wrote the lyrics for this album

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



17204 Comments


it doesn't really matter. even without stuff from this album it was one of the best performances i've ever seen. just seeing Juggernaut/Big Riff/The Red Trail/Inflatable Dream made it sooooooooooo worth it.

their set when they opened for Coalesce:
Luminance, Retina Sees Rewind, Moral Eclipse, Juggernaut, Dark Driving, The Red Trail, Cayman Tongue, Trepanning, Air Escapes, Summit Fever, Vicious Circles, Big Riff, Inflatable Dream.



NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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wow what a setlist. Big Riff is the shit. It would be awesome if maybe they picked one classic from here and played it at every show though. But seeing Juggy and Big Riff are definitely worth the money

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2010



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do you have any of their EPs?

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



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even though I said I'm doing LP's, I might do Planets of Old. Unfortunately I've only heard one song from that album so far (Red Trail) lol

NeutralThunder12
September 26th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh, Ive only heard one song from Planets, and nothing else from there are other EP's, that I remember



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