Alright this is just straight up fucking metal; legend has it that two members of Cauldron, Ian Chains and Jason Decay, fell into a glacier in 1981 while traversing the wilds of Nunavut (then part of the Northwest Territories) where they were instantly frozen in time. As luck would have it, an Inuit hunting party saw their silhouettes under the ice and dug them out. Once realizing the men were from another epoch and coming to the conclusion that they may be of incredible historical significance they called in the Canadian Anthropology Society who, understanding that Ian and Jason weren't really dead, but rather, in a state of suspended animation, quickly thawed and revived them with copious amounts of the traditional drink most common in their era; Labatt Blue!
Once revitalized, scientists meticulously translated their language, a long forgotten dialect spoken with an intricate combination of "fuck yeah", "hoser", "awesome", "bogus" and "right on", and brought the two up to speed on the historical changes which had taken place since the time when they had led a hunter gatherer life in southern Canada. The two, after hearing the devastating news of what had happened to humanity since the '90's, as well as being forced to listen to what modern man called "the shit" ( Limp Bizkit's "Three Dollar Bill, Yall$", Metallica's "Load", all three records of Five Finger Death Punch and Slipknot's "Iowa") they debated as to whether or not return to the cold embrace of the ice and sleep forever...but in the end, they decided to fight the insanity plaguing the world by playing what they knew best; heavy fuckin' metal.
That's right! This band, who has seemingly had a revolving door policy when it comes to drummers, is back with yet another kick ass album that just lays down pure, unadulterated, hard riffing heavy metal! Not long ago, Josh Mosh had written a review of their previous full-length "Burning Fortune" and he had come to pretty much the same conclusion; the music these guys put out doesn't play to genres, they just rock! Hell, if you don't believe me, go to the Encyclopaedia Metallum and take a look; it doesn't say "Power Metal", it doesn't say "Black Metal", it doesn't say "Nu Melodic Norwegian Dwarf Death Epic Pagan Folk Crossover Metal", it just says "Heavy Metal"!!!
It's the metal of yesteryear, but it's not a rehashed style or concept, they simply stick to the riffs, rhythms, clean harmonious vocals without the cookie monster on crack satanic death metal growl which, in many instances, has become the bane of metal today and they get your head banging with choruses which demand you join in. If you listen closely, there really is a killer mix of the oldschool from NWOBHM to the Sunset Strip and a touch here and there of thrash interpreted through the crunching riffs and finger dancing leads of Ian Chains.
Every track is a keeper on this album, geezus you gotta love it, they are such purists they actually put out an album which rocks from beginning to end, just like in the old days!
There's even a little extra for those who really can't get enough of Cauldron; their label has a limited edition Vinyl LP which comes with a bonus 7" that has covers of Cathedral's "Autumn Light" and Carcass' "I told you so...(corporate rock really does suck)"!!! Please excuse me while I say fuck yeah! But, the tune which really fucking blows me away is the a third cover which only comes with the Black T and CD digipak, it includes the aforementioned songs, but also Buster Brown's "Streetwalker" (jam this shit below!)
I have to tell you, and this is the god's honest truth, I have been listening to this album ALL afternoon, I love how it sweeps you up into the music! Bands, caught in the game of "brootal" one-upmanship, seem to no longer care about how important it is to make the music fun...a lot of people apparently have forgotten the formula which made metal so great, it wasn't a secret, as is the case with the gene altering sludge found in soda pop, it was rhythm, riffs, choruses, sick bridges and face melting leads; all of which have been lost over time in a repetitive blast beat wall of sound laden with incomprehensible growls farted out from Lucifer's arsehole!
Man, if you're a metalhead, who appreciates and understands the purity of the lead and the emotion of the chorus, the significance of hearing what the singer is saying and having a blast while cranking a record to 11, then Cauldron are your guys!
Catch 'em on tour!
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 13 - Worcester, MA - The Firehouse
Apr. 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewey's (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Électrique (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 16 - Quebec, QC - Coop l'Agitée (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 17 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Apr. 18 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
Apr. 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli's Haus of Rock (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's (w/ DIAMOND HEAD)
Apr. 22 - Milwaukee, WI - The Blue Pig
Apr. 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor
Apr. 26 - Regina, SK - TBA
Apr. 27 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
May 01 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub
May 02 - Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel Spiritbar
May 03 - Vancouver, BC - Astoria
May 04 - Portland, OR - Branx
May 05 - Medford, OR - MusicHead
May 06 - Oakland, CA - Eli's (w/ ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, HYSTERIA)
May 07 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star Bar
May 08 - Fullerton, CA - Slidebar
May 09 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse
May 10 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater Underground
May 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad (w/ TORTURE VICTIM)
May 15 - St. Louis, MO - Cusumanos'
May 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Indy's Jukebox
May 17 - Columbus, OH - Kobo
Jun. 08 - Detroit, MI - Orion Music + More festival
Jul. 05 - Richmond, VA - TBA
Jul. 06 - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood