Elitist
Caves


4.0
excellent

Review

by Wayne H. USER (14 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2011 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elitist may not be introducing any new fans to metalcore, but they sure as hell impress the existing ones.

As someone whose musical interests dwell mostly within the realm of metalcore, I often get asked how I can listen to such generic music. My only response is that while it's true metalcore is one of the less expansive genres, it's not to say there isn't variance. For the discerning listener, the differences between your average djenty chug-fest and an actually impressive addition to the genre lie very much in the slightest of details. Furthermore, what's absent in a band's sound can often be just as indicative as what's present.

Elitist is one such case. Caves, their debut EP, has all the fan-favorite elements of a sound metalcore band without any of the superfluous gimmicks that demagogues tend to decry. The album exudes technical prowess, and while the melodic riffs and meaty chugs employed here may be nothing earth-shatteringly new to the crowded Southern California scene, they manage to distinguish themselves, not through cheesy lines that beg to adorn the back of a t-shirt, but with solid musicianship and tasteful execution.

Rather than dwell and abuse any single breakdown or melody, Caves offers a dynamic and much more cohesive sound than its less talented competition. Tempos come and go with slower intros giving way to frenetic djent bridges accompanied by atmospheric but rarely overbearing clean riffage. In establishing themselves as a solid contender, a noteworthy aspect is the sheer volume of variation in Elitist's music. Where a lesser band would fall to temptation and recycle previously exhausted riffs, Elitist instead transitions into new material. No single song is dominated by any one element; the breakdowns are present, but never linger, and the chug-riff dichotomy never drags on long enough to become monotonous.

One of the few pitfalls in this otherwise outstanding work is the lack of anything exceptional. Although decidedly not for lack of ability, Elitist avoids employing any completely fresh elements. In this sense, their refusal to put any gimmicky lines or riffs keeps them from bringing anything fresh to metalcore, which is a much better alternative anyways (no wistful clean vocals or witty movie clips here, sorry TDWP fans). While noticeable similarities to bands like August Burns Red are present, Caves remains a promising start that clearly displays the level of musicianship and creativity needed for a band to distinguish themselves.



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Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


I haven't written in a while, but this is worth checking out.

craigy2
April 22nd 2011


551 Comments


I don't want to sound stupid, but what does 'djent' or 'djenty' mean?

ShadowRemains
April 22nd 2011


21042 Comments


Elitist


lol

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


Junz, craigy. Junz.

bloc
April 22nd 2011


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is sooooo good.

Array and Caves are king.

IAMERROR
April 22nd 2011


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I don't want to sound stupid, but what does 'djent' or 'djenty' mean?"

I always have a tough time explaining this, 'cause I don't know the actual terminology to explain it, but in layman's terms, it's a really "pwangy" sound on the guitar. The word djent itself is really onomatopoetic for the sound that it makes. It was made popular by Meshuggah and is the new 'it' sound in Metalcore and Deathcore.

someguest
April 22nd 2011


20865 Comments


Awesome band name.

Digging: Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris

Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


Give 'em a listen, somefeater.

craigy2
April 22nd 2011


551 Comments


Someone's made a 'djent for dummies' style video on youtube - I think I know what it means now! Also, I can see how it would be hard to describe other than being onomatopoetic.

WashboardSuds
April 22nd 2011


5020 Comments


nice work, pos'd

someguest
April 22nd 2011


20865 Comments


Give 'em a listen, somefeater.


I don't listen to metalcore at all anymore, but maybe I'll give it a spin.

dixoncocks
April 22nd 2011


2596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spun this cd like 20 times, its not much different than most metalcore other than the fact its just better. Anyway they put together something pretty great.

Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


Yeah, it never gives itself the opportunity to really get stale. I'm pretty stoked to see what these guys have coming up in the future.

OneMoreRoland
April 22nd 2011


1051 Comments


lol, this band hates lambgoat

puma35
April 22nd 2011


972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review is good junsomniac, this is pretty good, probs a 3.5 from me

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


7096 Comments


Good review, will pos.

Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


What's a lambgoat?

dixoncocks
April 22nd 2011


2596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"not through cheesy lines that beg to adorn the back of a t-shirt"

lol made me think of this is more

Winsomniac
April 22nd 2011


7983 Comments


Pretty much what I was going for. Also, thanks for the pos's guys.

cvlts
April 22nd 2011


8967 Comments


noice work junzer

review is a bit too informal in places but this is actually a very well written review, good to see all the 'Bro talk' doesn't effect your writing skills.



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