Cave In   Final Transmission
3.7
great
Release Date: 2019
Tracklist

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4.5 superbStrizzMatik | May 21st 19

A tribute to deceased bassist/songwriter/vocalist
Caleb Scofield, Cave In turn in yet another sublime blast
of space rock / post-hardcore glory on
Final Transmission that melds the psychedelic
atmosphere and twin-guitar assault of Jupiter and
Antenna with dashes of the more aggressive post-
hardcore stylings of Perfect Pitch Black. It's
markedly less sludgy, experimental and violent affair than
2009's White Silence and arguably better for it,
although the lack of Caleb's trademark harsh vocals is a
sore omission. The album is as a whole is much more
orchestrated, direct and cleaner than the previous, with
songs like "Night Crawler" and "Led To The Wolves" being
the heaviest cuts that go for raw, heavy and oppressive
riffs and drumming whereas tracks like "An Illusion",
"Shake My Blood" and "Winter Widow" feature the driving,
monolithic space rock-meets-Sabbath riffs and delay-washed
intertwining leads that made Jupiter a masterpiece.
The late Caleb Scofield's presence is felt all over the
record, turning in his final and arguably greatest
performance on bass, especially making his mark on songs
like "Strange Reflection" and "An Illusion". While it's not
sonically the most original record they've made, it's a
perfect send-off that encapsulates the band at their
musical best and playing to their strengths, while bringing
in enough new tricks to sound completely fresh and vital in
2019. RIP Caleb, you will be missed.


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5.0 classiccloakanddagger | June 7th 19

Fuck you all, this album rules. RIP Caleb

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0.0 spanndrew58 | June 10th 19

I don?t really know how to rate this. I understand that the goal was to honor what Caleb had contributed, and I do think they do that very well. However, the album and tracks just feels incomplete. I think this record serves its purpose as a living memorial, but as far as being a fully fleshed out record from a band of this level of accolade it falls a little flat.

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3.0 goodChino smoking it up! | June 7th 19

Some tracks here are way too short...like samples of what they could ve been (makes sense they're rpractically demos recorded in a single take, before Caleb's death). Props for tracks like Night rCrawler and Lanterna though.

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3.5 greatcapes | September 27th 19

Very unfortunate we won't get a finished version of what's here. Some of these song ideas are strong for the band's standards. But, what could they do. Final transmission indeed...

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3.5 greatdedex | June 13th 19

So good, thanks Caleb for your final transmission. Shame it was this short, I felt a bit
disappointed at the end. 3.6

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5.0 classicComatorium. | June 10th 19

Fuck all of you indeed, this album is a tribute to Caleb and his last writings. Sorry he didn?t have time to flesh the ideas out before he died. RIP Caleb.

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2.5 averageChicasal86 | June 7th 19

Incomplete and unvetted songs. They may have left them this way because this is where they were in the writing process while caleb was alive. However, musically speaking this album is underwhelming.

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