It has to be said that hardcore is a very strange beast. I really cannot think of another form of music that is so prone to not only churning-out band after band that can sound nothing like each other, but the bands themselves churn out album after album that sound nothing like the others. Cave In have completely re-invented themselves with this one.
Until Your Heart Stops and Beyond Hypothermia, the two main releases before this, are metal-core classics. Critically acclaimed and musicallty brilliant pieces of extreme underground that have set standards for many new-comers for many years. But now Cave In have done it again, but from a totally differenct angle. The heaviness has been dropped for a sort of sonic, almost space-age rock sound, which harks back closer to Pink Floyd and the like sooner than in does, say, Slayer or any other thrash act you could have likened them to. The swinging guitar melodies, Simon Brody's terrific vocals and the overall echoing production seems to take you off into the stars in a highly imaginative manner, and yet the lyrics and the messages are still as vital and intelligent as anything before it.
A drastic, but completely worthwhile change of style from a band that never cease to amaze as truly brilliant musicians.