Caspian
Hymn For The Greatest Generation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dan H. CONTRIBUTOR (55 Reviews)
May 25th, 2014 | 7 replies


Release Date: 11/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A tribute.

Death is a difficult topic for so many reasons, and there’s a disparity in the way in which we deal with it. Although it is ubiquitous in our media driven modern society, within the western world it still carries with it a sense of taboo. More accurately, we acknowledge death and its consequences on a daily basis, but we rarely allow it the freedom to do more than that; to delve into the way we really feel. Of course, it wouldn't be plausible or healthy to give ourselves up emotionally to every tragedy because we’d be constantly overwhelmed, but sometimes, a personal loss permeates that barrier, and it connects us to the very feelings we spend so much time avoiding.

When we're reminded that we are finite, an emotional chord is struck within us which is raw and truly unique. Some people choose to tread the route of seclusion and brooding, whilst others constantly busy themselves and dive headlong into their greatest interests. And when a person does submerge themselves in their craft, it can often result in them penning their most efficacious works; and it’s exactly what Caspian have done here as they pay homage to the departed. Hymn for the Greatest Generation is Caspian’s first release since the sudden passing of founding member Chris Friedrich, and it’s as poignant and immersive an experience as the band have delivered. Although it’s a stretch to assume that each and every remaining member of Caspian poured their hearts and souls directly into this release to create a fitting tribute, practically every inch of Hymn feels so sculpted, and so emotive, that the notion becomes more and more plausible with each repeated listen.

The brilliant opener “Hymn for the Greatest Generation” best demonstrates the mood which runs throughout the E.P. Gentle acoustic guitars guide the song in and subtly give way to reverb drenched arpeggios, all the while creating a soft, gorgeous atmosphere which a violin later takes advantage of. It never builds to a crushing crescendo like it threatens to, choosing instead to ride the crest of the wave which the song has progressively swelled to. Forgoing this sense of restraint, “The Heart That Fed” builds to a busy cascade of cymbal crashes and obscured vocals, before going one step further and delivering a crushing volley of guitars. Although it’s a different beast entirely to the title track which preceded it, it still conveys the feeling of both hope and mourning, and none of the efforts here dwell too long in the minor for the release to fit simply into either category.

The fact that this could easily turn into a track by track is testament to the strength of the individual songs here, and they all differentiate themselves from one another whilst maintaining the powerful tone which is set throughout. Whether Caspian set out to craft a fitting tribute to their late friend or not, Hymn for the Greatest Generation succeeds in being one – and it’s hard to believe that their strongest release to date is merely a coincidence.



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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014


1053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really love this E.P, Caspian at their best.

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JS19
May 25th 2014


4414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for this dude, was ready to review it myself. It's really fantastic

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2014


10383 Comments


Such a great review < 3 nice job man, wish there was a way to feature this

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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014


1053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks JR, much appreciated! Looks like these guys have starting working on new tunes too.

minty901
May 26th 2014


2084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very good ep. though im pretty sure it wasnt written after the death of the bassist. that would have to be the quickest turnaround of an ep release ever. i think i read/heard in an interview that the songs were written during the same sessions as waking season, so they're effectively bsides from that album

dh198
May 26th 2014


463 Comments


Really good review. I should check this out, since I like their other releases.

kevin234
July 4th 2014


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. Absolutely love this ep. I agree completely with you Vheissu; this is Caspian at their best.

"The Heart that Fed" is favorite song on here. The tempo change you describe is so good. reminds me of "crawlspace" off first album.



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