Cave Sermon
Divine Laughter


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
February 3rd, 2024 | 64 replies


Release Date: 01/18/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let that spelunker preach

There’s not much better in life than an album from a band you’d never heard of before knocking your socks off, and that’s exactly what Cave Sermon’s Divine Laughter has done for me.

This Aussie crew is one of those contemporary bands which are definitely “metal”, but hard to pin down beyond that vague umbrella descriptor. You might associate them with Downfall of Gaia’s blend of black metal and post-metal, but that doesn’t account for their Ulcerate-ian dissonant tendencies, nor their generous pinches of metalcore and sludge. And, crucially, Cave Sermon have managed to fuse these diverse influences together quite well.

The sprawling opener “Beyond Recognition” gives the listener a good idea what they’re in for - stretches of absolutely pummeling heaviness intermixed with well-integrated flashes of something else, like the spooky ambient break-in-the-action around the three minute mark and synthy concluding segment. Meanwhile, you might feel that you’ve got “Crystallised” pinned down as an angular, dissonant, beast of a track, before the band lets loose on a soaring guitar solo throughout its middle stretch. If Divine Laughter were a monster, it’s the kind of shapeshifting horror which would inevitably catch and devour you (alive, of course), because it can capably morph from the lumbering to the agile at any time, whatever circumstances best dictate.

The album’s middle run sees Cave Sermon flexing their creative muscles even more. “Liquid Gold” sees the band lean on their slower, doomier, post-metal side, with the heavy guitar backed by eerie synthwork which periodically takes center stage before the tempo increases for a chaotic final stretch. “The Paint of an Invader” stands as an eleven-plus minute epic, featuring (among other things) some of the album’s most powerful guttural vocals, an absolutely beautiful folky mid-section, and some wonderful guitar work in the later stages.

Ultimately, my praise for Divine Laughter would be even more effusive if I didn’t feel that the release loses some of its (considerable) momentum towards the end. The penultimate track “Birds and Machines in Brunswick” functions as an instrumental interlude, but runs to nearly five minutes and certainly doesn’t justify that length, while the closing title track is an absolute slapper (as they say in the world of music theory), but its last three minutes or so of blaring electronics feel like far from this record’s best closing argument. With those complaints noted, Divine Laughter remains an absolutely impressive release, delivering assorted metal delights in an unpredictable but remarkably coherent format. Combining the balls-to-the-wall heaviness which we so crave with a lot of nuance and sonic diversity, it’s highly recommended.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2024


5646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's gone too long without a review, m/

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2024


31824 Comments


Gotta leave it to Sunny to get the job done, nice one man, I gotta hear this in full asap. Only heard two tracks and wow.

Eakflanderyof
February 3rd 2024


5251 Comments


This is one of those albums where I'm feeling like I'd enjoy it a lot more with real drums

Pikazilla
February 3rd 2024


28994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent release

trilo
February 3rd 2024


6010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review finally lfg



album is amazing

Hawks
February 3rd 2024


84731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad people are jumping on the bandwagon, amazing album and great review!

kildare
February 3rd 2024


258 Comments


"Cave Sermon": What a great name. Black metal not usually my thing, but between the excellent review and the band's name I had to check out The Paint of an Invader's and its folky section. It was worth it!

MonumentsOfParalysis
February 3rd 2024


839 Comments


What the hell this rules

Frost15
February 4th 2024


2469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This will surely be on my top 5 of this year unless we have the best year ever. Absolutely sick album. Love that pummeling snare drum sound, love the influences, love everything.

Everybody seems to be reminded of ulcerate, and that's right, but I was reminded of bands like Flourishing, Aeviterne and Castevet way more often

Hawks
February 4th 2024


84731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sunny hit it on the head in the review for me, Downfall of Gaia was the first band I thought of when I first heard this.

FowlKrietzsche
February 4th 2024


421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, get me a real drummer on the next

zaruyache
February 4th 2024


27212 Comments


i'm in a cave speaking to GOD

Beardog
February 4th 2024


4841 Comments


Record is not on Tidal sadly

Hawks
February 4th 2024


84731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its on Bandcamp bro.

Beardog
February 4th 2024


4841 Comments


I keep forgetting that exists lol. Hate switching between music apps but I might give it a go

Hawks
February 4th 2024


84731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bandcamp is the main one I use honestly.

Zakusz
February 5th 2024


1409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is awesome. Snare is loud.

SpiritCrusher2
February 5th 2024


6354 Comments


production kinda ruins this for me

Scheumke
February 5th 2024


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Snare is meety and makes me want to bash someones face in. In a good, friendly way.

Orb
February 5th 2024


9263 Comments


This sounds like everything I need and love. Gettin on it asap

Everybody seems to be reminded of ulcerate, and that's right, but I was reminded of bands like Flourishing, Aeviterne and Castevet way more often

Get me more excited why don't you



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