Cavern Womb
Stages of Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (32 Reviews)
June 30th, 2024 | 64 replies


Release Date: 05/24/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On a trip through as many circles of hell as dimensions of space-time.

As of late, the word "cosmic" has been quite a common one to describe various aspects within the death metal scene. Cosmic riffs, cosmic solos, Cosmic Putrefaction – you name it – more and more artists are offering their attempts at infusing the venerable genre with otherworldly atmospherics and psychedelic overtones. Early incorporations in 1990s visionary work by Timeghoul and Demilich have seemingly spawned a legion of followers in more modern times such as Blood Incantation, Cadaveric Fumes, and Howls of Ebb. One of the more common criticisms with such a blend, especially from lesser known artists, is that the music tends to lose its sense of forward pace and groove amidst some of the floaty acid trips. Well, enter Cavern Womb, a burgeoning four-piece from Philadelphia with Stages of Infinity – an EP that manages to avoid that very pitfall to a wonderful degree.

Angular, while still bludgeoning riffing and guttural heaves are at the forefront of Stages of Infinity, driven forth by the pair of Dex Hoffman and Shervin Balan on the axes. For example, give a listen to the Demilich-esque spiraling in "Cryopreserved" for a trip back to whatever alien landscapes that Nespithe was recorded in. Another standout for the dual guitar attack is the space-time warping, and still outstandingly melodic, solo section in "Amber Scourge", my personal pick for the best track of the release. Hints of blackened flash and sludge mash are present throughout the album, presenting a delightfully mixed package that is supported by the complex patterns offered by drummer Kyle Kovac and bassist Alex McFarland. As mentioned, the groove that is maintained through Stages of Infinity is notable. Whereas some albums of this ilk lead you into a maze and then leave you lost in it, Cavern Womb instead opt to offer a malevolent path through it, which is much appreciated. The gritty and expansive sound mixing wraps it all together, certainly creating a sonic landscape enough to be called "heavy", but not skimping on the treble spectrum. The end result is an EP that stands head and shoulders in its execution above many others, offering both a satisfying death metal take and leaving you wishing for more.

With only a split with Noxis – also a very worthwhile listen – and Stages of Infinity under their belt, Cavern Womb would seem to be rather inexperienced at first glance. However, the songwriting chops displayed over this rather brief 25 minutes are considerable and promise great things to come for this Philly outfit. In a year with so much quality death metal being released and artists like Ulcerate and Hyperdontia dominating the underground airwaves, Cavern Womb carve their own cavern and a comfortable niche for themselves that makes Stages of Infinity a damn-near essential listen in the death metal canon. That is a strong compliment.



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user ratings (28)
3.9
excellent

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ShadowRemains
June 30th 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

essential 2024 listening, get on it, people

Confessed2005
June 30th 2024


5730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. This is very solid.

Hawks
June 30th 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review should be featured. Nice one bro. Gonna get on this today!

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
June 30th 2024


26482 Comments


mx tried to stop it but the metal flows

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2024


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok bet

ShadowRemains
June 30th 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

didn't realize this thing had a 3.84 on 130 ratings on RYM, that is stupidly high for a death metal EP on there

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2024


8375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, going to listen nowz

ShadowRemains
June 30th 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

noxis (the band they did the split with) also rules and has a full length out this year

Pikazilla
June 30th 2024


30446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this slaps

ShadowRemains
July 1st 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking love that opening lick on amber scourge

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2024


701 Comments


Heard this the other day, really promising. Pos'd for the nice rev

Mort.
July 1st 2024


25812 Comments


their name is the wrong way round, Womb Cavern sounds better

ShadowRemains
July 1st 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is it the womb of the cavern or the cavern of the womb, two very different meanings

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2024


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging how fuzzy this is

ShadowRemains
July 1st 2024


27946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to their split with noxis too, really good material on both sides

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2024


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will do!

Hawks
July 2nd 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so fucking good man. Getting big Infester/Demilich vibes.

evilford
July 2nd 2024


65177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta check

Hawks
July 2nd 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ford you will love this 1000%.

Ray91
July 2nd 2024


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great stuff



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