Cave In
White Silence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ecnalzen USER (17 Reviews)
October 6th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cave In’s return is a solid album that might just have a little something for everybody.

One thing I’ve noticed about Cave In over the years is that each time they release an EP, it’s usually a precursor for what’s to come. Creative Eclipses gave out the warning that the metalcore sound was a thing of the past and paved the way for the progressive/spacey sounds of Jupiter and Tides of Tomorrow took that sound and combined it with an alternative rock style that was completely incorporated into the major label debut of Antenna. Next, we have the molding of virtually all these sounds (minus the metalcore for more of a heavier rock sound) on Perfect Pitch Black before the band decided to take a break. A few years later, Cave In releases Planets of Old almost out of nowhere to let us know what’s happening next: Things are about to pick up and trust me, it’s an interesting ride.

White Silence is a huge mish-mash of genres and styles, even for Cave In, that harkens back to their metalcore days for the first half of the album, with energy and speed I didn’t know the band had in them, as well as bringing some rock, pop and progressive sounds towards the latter half. Planets of Old gave us a small taste with "The Red Trail," but White Silence takes it to a whole new level. Tracks like “Vicious Circles” and “Serpents” bring such intensity and ferocity, with fast pacing and demonic-like screams, they could knock the wind right out of you. Even though “Serpents” takes a little too long to get going and is a bit bare bones, it's still a blast to listen to. It plays out for almost a minute and a half before the vocals come in, and then all the instruments continue doing the exact same thing for the other minute and a half then the song is over. The title track is similar, also being a somewhat simplistic track. It starts out with a single guitar part and a repeated screamed lyrical passage for the first minute and a half, which then turns it over to the rest of the band for an instrumental ending. It’s a great setup to “Serpents,” but kind of feels like an intro/filler track, which isn't necessarily a good thing for an album that only has 9 songs.

“Sing My Loves” and “Centered,” unlike the previously mentioned tracks, bring a sing/scream combo to the album. “Sing My Loves” brings back memories of songs like “Cayman Tongue” and “Off to Ruin” from previous efforts, giving off a slower, but still heavy, and more methodical pacing, while “Centered” works like a frantic mess of a song that couldn’t have come out better. "Centered" makes use of triplet sections, time signature changes and sudden shifts between half time and double time to throw the listener every which way. It’s probably the closest thing older fans will have from the days of Until Your Heart Stops. “Sing My Loves” goes on a little too long for me though. It introduces a new section around the 4 minute mark and just repeats itself until the song is over, hitting in at 8 minutes. This section gets a little old after the first 2 minutes and nothing new is introduced, vocally or instrumentally. After all this is said and done, the album kicks into another gear entirely. It’s a sudden move and could turn some people away if they got a little too comfortable with the first half.

“Summit Fever” starts our journey into the last 4 tracks, which has a more alternative rock styling to it. It reminds me of “The World is in Your Way” from Perfect Pitch Black, minus the screaming vocals. It has these kinds of goofy guitar parts that make use of a lot of bends that can be found on several of their older albums and EPs. “Reanimation” is a beautifully done slow song with very soft vocals, simple instrument parts, and almost a lullaby feel to it. It works very well and is a nice way to finish the album.

Last we have the two oddballs of the group. After listening to most of the music these guys have put out over the years, I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever heard them try anything like this before. “Heartbreaks, Earthquakes” gives off a feeling of the progressive/space rock sounds of Jupiter, but still feels like new territory for the band. It’s pretty mellow throughout the whole song, but when the drums and the bass kick in it gives it this driving force feeling while the guitars keep to their simple chord progression. It’s a very interesting, almost clashing songwriting approach that ends up working out pretty well. “Iron Decibels” kicks “Heartbreaks” to the curb for weirdness though, which sounds nothing like Cave In, vocally or instrumentally. “Decibels” gives off this funky style with the odd strumming pattern of the guitars and the even stranger vocal lines that flow throughout. It’s a good song, but it sticks out something fierce over the rest of the album.

If there’s one thing I can say about White Silence, it has a very small amount of continuity. Instead of just genre hopping from album to album, Cave In decided to do it within the same one. As individual songs they are all very strong tracks, aside the few minor complaints I made above, but on the other hand, when I look at this as a whole I can’t really say the same. Depending on the listener, this can be a good or a bad thing. I enjoy it, but sometimes the transitions from song to song are a bit jarring and damage the experience if you are going listening to the album straight through. At any rate, Cave In has treated us with more successful attempts at combing previous sounds and even introduced us to some new territory. Who knows what the future holds for such a fascinating band? I, for one, am just glad to have them back and writing new music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


19933 Comments


damn you're a good writer man. pos'd

Digging: Coldworld - Melancholie

Ecnalzen
October 6th 2012


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Atari. Appreciate you reading my stuff, even if you don't listen to the band.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


19933 Comments


I'll try to remember to lol. Just been listening to so much stuff. and yeah man it's my pleasure reading your reviews it was a good read.

Ecnalzen
October 6th 2012


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know what you mean. I keep getting into more and more new stuff because of this website. So much music...

StagnantWords
October 6th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet review dude, i piked this a lot when it came out, but clearly the staying value isn't very high cause i haven't listened to it in about a year. This is my third favorite release from them.

ChuckyTruant
October 6th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. And yeah I'll have to listen to this again but not nearly As good as Until Your Heart Stops

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RosaParks
October 6th 2012


14927 Comments


love this album

Ecnalzen
October 6th 2012


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the reads and comments everybody.

I hear you, Chuck. Until Your Heart Stops is like a monkey that Cave In might not ever get off their back. I need to listen to it some more. It's a little more metal than I am used to, lol. It grows on me a little bit every time I give it a spin though.

Which is your favorite, Stagnant?

StagnantWords
October 6th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jupiter, it's nothing like this though. It's more progressive rock.

ChuckyTruant
October 7th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah true, but it is a really good album

MichaelSnoxall
October 7th 2012


12163 Comments


All their albums rule.


ChuckyTruant
October 7th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is true

Ecnalzen
October 7th 2012


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, yeah. They are amazing. I'm so glad I bought Antenna all those years ago, otherwise I probably still wouldn't know who they are.

Jupiter is great. It might be my favorite too. I also really dig the Tides of Tomorrow EP. It's kind of a toss up between the two for me. I think the only thing I don't have by them is the EP they put out before Until Your Heart Stops.

Yazz_Flute
October 7th 2012


18812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All about fucking Vicious Circles

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Ecnalzen
October 7th 2012


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Vicious Circles does kick ass. I think Centered is my favorite track. It's all over the place, I love it.

Ecnalzen
March 8th 2013


6706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weird pacing be damned, I am going to bump this up to a 4.



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