Cara Neir
Sublimation Therapy


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
October 24th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Formed in 2008, Cara Neir is an extreme metal duo hailing from Austin, Texas who kick more than a serious amount of ass. Although their first and second full-lengths were released in 2009 and 2011 respectively, it wasn't until this year that the band started to catch on to the masses, and boy have they caught on. Manifesting their songwriting prowess with impressive diversity, the band touches on black metal, screamo, hardcore and a plethora of other genres with frightening consistency. Following their excellent split with blackened crust unit Ramlord, Sublimation Therapy is the band's second release of 2012, their first EP and yet another worthy addition to their rapidly growing catalog.

Sublimation Theory is something of a black sheep within Cara Neir's discography; where all their previous releases relied on black metal as the foundation for their songs, Sublimation Theory largely eschews this, gravitating towards a sound that is dominated by grindcore, crust and death metal. This change is apparent from the first track. "Scientific Rebirth" opens with salvo of blast-beats and hideously dissonant grindcore riffage. Half-way through the song the structure completely changes however, incorporating chunky death metal guitars and savage gutturals. It's clear the Cara Neir is just as diverse as ever, they have just placed their diversity someplace different this time.

Aside from Sublimation Therapy featuring the band's most blunt and in your face songwriting as of yet, the track's shorter running times greatly adds to the immediacy of the release. Where on previous releases songs could last as long as five minutes, the longest song on this EP is mere three and half minutes, with most averaging the length of only a minute and a few going far under that. This definitely works in the band's favor however; with the songs shorter lengths, all the riff, pacing and other changes that occur within the span of a single track are all that much more effective. It seems that no matter what style of extreme metal they are writing in, Cara Neir has no problem whatsoever refining it to its more effective form.

Sublimation Therapy was definitely not a safe move for the band; completely ditching the musical style that brought them attention was bold and risky, but through superior songwriting and palpable confidence, Cara Neir absolutely nailed it. Through Chris Francis's schizophrenic shrieking in "Tactful Annihilation" or Gary Brents devastating crusty riffage in " Stained Bloodsheets" this band has proven over the course of this albums seventeen tracks that there is little Cara Neir can do without being nearly flawless in the process. After this release on their most recent split with Venowl, Njiqahdda and Horseback the band has returned to their grim and kvlt black metal ways, but it's exciting to now know that we can never really expect what's coming to us next from this dynamic duo. What we can say for certain is whatever they do next, it will undoubtedly rule face.



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TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

These guys are fast becoming one of my favorite bands and this is probably my favorite EP of this year so far. Absolutely awesome stuff here, definitely not to be missed.

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Rail
October 24th 2012


535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been jumping around to this a lot over the past couple of weeks. They provide a swift kick in the perineum, indeed.

Nice little review too.

Digging: Phaeleh - A World Without

sniper
October 24th 2012


19059 Comments


nice i downloaded this the other day but i still need to spin it. i'm about to leave but i'll read this later

TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Rail. And you'd definitely like this sniper, guaranteed.

Tyrael
October 24th 2012


20885 Comments


wag

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CaptainDooRight
October 24th 2012


29453 Comments


will def check, i had their lp bookmarked already

pos'd on rev pras

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Hawks
October 24th 2012


35838 Comments


This sounds awesome.

TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wag for sure.

Thanks Captain and Hawks, I think you'd both enjoy this

Tyrael
October 24th 2012


20885 Comments


Yeah their previous LP was very enjoyable

I'll check this out for sure

pos'd

TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Do it man. The thing is (and I hope you picked this up from the review) that this sounds nothing like their previous material. This is way more rooted in grind, crust, death metal and even some powerviolence at times. There are still some traces of black metal and screamo present but overall it's like this is a completely different band. As a whole this change is so interesting because as good as it is, they didn't stick with it; their most recent release goes back to their "traditional" sound. Anyway, this still pull this sound off super well and yes, you should definitely check it out.

ForeignFilm
October 24th 2012


129 Comments


This is great, but the cover art is pretty lame

TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It is pretty lame. Especially considering how awesome all the artwork for the band has been up to this point

zaruyache
October 24th 2012


6605 Comments


I liked their black metal-focused stuff more, but this is still probably ok. Good review, as always.

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TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thank you very much man. i also enjoy their black metal stuff more

TheSpirit
October 25th 2012


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off


Thanks guys I really appreciate it. Potato you NEED to check out the split with Ramlord, its IMO their besT set.of songs to date.

TheSpirit
September 16th 2013


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

still listen to this A LOT

TheSpirit
October 16th 2013


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

new album,, new album!

TheSpirit
October 16th 2013


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

new album,, new album!



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