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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good..., 18 Mar 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Antenna: Limited Edition/+DVD (Audio CD)
To be honest, I was a little anxious when I heard that Cave In had signed to a major label. I hold no preconceptions about bands who 'sell out' to majors, but I was worried that Cave In's evolving sound (from metalcore to 'space rock') would now take them in a more (dare I say it) 'poppy' direction. I thought that it would be mellower and more accessible, and thus less enjoyable and edgy.
I was certainly right that it would be mellower and more accessible, but this is surprisingly no bad thing. Cave In have now found a sound that is unequivocally their own, and which is very difficult to compare to any other band around. They are a truly rare thing: a band with a unique and beautiful sound. The best way to describe them is to list their influences: imagine Radiohead playing 70's prog epics with Tool and you are somewhere near their sound. Harder and edgier than Radiohead and not as dark as Tool, their effects laden, riff heavy rock fills this album.
And what rock!? The highlight of this album is clearly the 9 minute centrepiece, the epic Seafrost, which holds elements of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and any number of other acts. However, all of the tracks on this album have their individual highlights. The opener, Stained Silver, opens into one of the album's standout tracks, the mighty Inspire, which rides on a riff that is pure 'Paranoid Android'-era Radiohead. Other standout tracks include the Beatles-esque 'Beautiful Son' and the tight and heavy 'Rubber and Glue.'
Steven's vocals have now reached a point where they are uniquely his, as his rich, powerful singing permeates the entire album, laid over some stunningly melodic guitar work. In short, Cave In have surprisingly delivered the goods on their major label debut and this is an album no fan should worry about buying. It is difficult to say who should buy this album, because they sound nothing like any other band I can think of. All I can say is, if you have an open mind and are partial to a good chunk of rock music, you will love this album, and indeed 'Jupiter' and 'Tides of Tomorrow', Cave In's last two big releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yeah, 5 April 2003
This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
just as jupiter was anatural progression from creative eclipses (which was aabit different from the old metal core stuff, admittadly), antenna is progression from jupiter. the key factor being the poppier edge that jupiter somewhat lacked. its hard to say how good it really is, and its a shame that cave in are gonna become huge with it. if theres anything worse than a band being on the kerrang channel, its being in the charts and having idiots professing to liking it. but im being elitist. cave in deserve all success they get though, and this space/prog rock/emo masterpiece shows that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply STUNNING!, 26 Mar 2003
This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
After I saw the video for Dark Driving on MT2, I went out and bought the "tides of tommorow" EP, which got me hooked into CAVE IN. I awaited the arrival of their next CD which would be Antenna.
Well, as I opened the case and inserted the CD. From the opening riff from the amazing "Stained Silver" with its mix of fast snare drums deep bass and melodic guitar picking to a distorted chorus with nothing less then stunning vocals and lyrics from the man Stephen Brodsky. onto the next song inspire with another great opening guitar riff with yet more melodic guitars. onto track 3 "Joy opposites" which is a beautiful song with great lyrics and a really nice guitar line. And then the 4th track being one of the highlights of the album and also their single "Anchor" which is a kind of punk upbeat rock tune with very great vocals as usual. the 5th track being still good is my personal worst track on the album being an all acoustic track but it picks up with "Seafrost" which is a very good experimental track with a bassline to make you drool.
Rubber and Glue is another upbeat rock song which is simply great again. And then another one of my personal faves is "Youth override" watch out for the line "Whats the matter is your heart palpatating" FANTASTIC!!!! then onto Breath of water which is another stunning song with wonderful melodic strumming and finger picking. another great song is next with "lost in the air" and Penny Racer is a great upbeat happy song and they finish the album with "Woodwork" which is again stunning, to cap off one of the best albums I own, and a fine piece of work. The Drumming throughout is amazing, great basslines and the vocals and guitars fit perfectly. If you want an album buy this one. Melodic, thoughtful rock.
FANTASTIC!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and a worthy successor to 'Jupiter', 23 Mar 2003
This review is from: Antenna: Limited Edition/+DVD (Audio CD)
To be honest, I was a little anxious when I heard that Cave In had signed to a major label. I hold no preconceptions about bands who ‘sell out’ to majors, but I was worried that Cave In’s evolving sound (from metalcore to ‘space rock’) would now take them in a more (dare I say it) ‘poppy’ direction. I thought that it would be mellower and more accessible, and thus less enjoyable and edgy.
I was certainly right that it would be mellower and more accessible, but this is surprisingly no bad thing. Cave In have now found a sound that is unequivocally their own, and which is very difficult to compare to any other band around. They are a truly rare thing: a band with a unique and beautiful sound. The best way to describe them is to list their influences: imagine Radiohead playing 70’s prog epics with Tool and you are somewhere near their sound. Harder and edgier than Radiohead and not as dark as Tool, their effects laden, riff heavy rock fills this album.
And what rock!? The highlight of this album is clearly the 9 minute centrepiece, the epic Seafrost, which holds elements of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and any number of other acts. However, all of the tracks on this album have their individual highlights. The opener, Stained Silver, opens into one of the album’s standout tracks, the mighty Inspire, which rides on a riff that is pure ‘Paranoid Android’-era Radiohead. Other standout tracks include the Beatles-esque ‘Beautiful Son’ and the tight and heavy ‘Rubber and Glue.’
Steven’s vocals have now reached a point where they are uniquely his, as his rich, powerful singing permeates the entire album, laid over some stunningly melodic guitar work. In short, Cave In have surprisingly delivered the goods on their major label debut and this is an album no fan should worry about buying. It is difficult to say who should buy this album, because they sound nothing like any other band I can think of. All I can say is, if you have an open mind and are partial to a good chunk of rock music, you will love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection., 26 Mar 2003
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Mr. N. A. Johnson "fugazi34" (Swansea, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
After many positive reviews does this album deliver? No doubt the answer is a firm yes!! Amazing melodies and soaring choruses from start to finish, but yet this album is an intense listening experience despite comparisons with Radiohead.
Cave In do provide something different in todays climate of so-called punk bands (2 to a penny) - buy also Tides of Tomorrow and Jupiter - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a great album!, 1 April 2003
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This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
Wow! I had heard good things about Cave In and heard a some songs from Jupiter but this is just amasing and more laid back than their early stuff. Album highlights i think are the album opener, 'Stained Silver', the brilliant single 'anchor' and 'Inspire'. I also like the cool 8-minute song 'seafrost'which is more spacy and experimental than the other tracks. There is an amazing riff as well, on the song 'Inspire'and the DVD which came free with the album is great too. It has some footage on it mainly of their tour in England and at Wembley arena supporting the Foo Fighters.
'Antenna' is an essential purchase by a quality band.
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