- Audio CD (15 Mar. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B00008MOV0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The fourth album from Cave In, Antenna, finds the Massachusetts-based hardcore innovators streaking away from their former orbit at fantastic speed. The band's earlier albums marked them out as talented exponents of the brutally heavy end of the post-hardcore genre: a kind of psychedelic take on Slayer's sheer destructive intensity. But while little has changed in the literal guitar-bass-drums line-up, Antenna itself is a leap into a newly expansive, effects-laden sound that seems to borrow from acts as alien to the hardcore spirit as Radiohead and Chicago post-rock champions Tortoise.
Frontman Stephen Brodsky's high, clear voice rides above the gigantic sheets of sound thrown out on "Stained Silver" and "Breath of Water", feedback-strewn epiphanies that hide their complexity under banks of gorgeous FX. The record's epic centrepiece is "Seafrost", though--a gigantic nine-minute piece that replaces pace with distorted, lurking basslines, proggy instrumental arrangements and a final three-minute descent into a beautiful, celestial wash of sound. A truly remarkable progression and a great album to boot--Antenna is the work of a band that's constantly moving forward for fear of moving back. --Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
"Stained Silver" the opening track is a perfect way to start the album. It is powerful and gives you a sense of what the album is going to be all about. "Joy Opposites" is a strong song about love and sounds a lot like some of the leading emo bands best songs. The slower songs like album closer "Woodwork" are also good though and have relevance. They show that there is more to Cave In than the conventional rock sound.
If you have the chance to buy this album it would definately be worth it although if you have been a partizan fan of the band since the beginning you may be a little concerned by the route they have taken. There is however not a weak song on the album and it is likely that it will be in your cd player for a good few weeks before you stop listening to it intensely.
Cave In were formed in 1995 and set-out as a math-metal band along the lines of dillinger escape plan and converge. Their third album, Jupiter, saw a marked change in style with the screamed vocals replaced by a tremendous rock voice and the music changing from grating metal to atmospheric spacey sounding rock. This album develops this progression and is quite possibly the most instantly catchy album I have heard in years.
Picking a favourite song is very difficult as they are so different and yet so consistent. Highlights include the breakdown in "Inspire" and the excellent balladry of "Beautiful Son".
In summary, this is an album that should appeal to anybody who like good rock music and there is no reason why Cave-In shouldn't become as big as their labelmates the Foo Fighters
Songs like the aptly titled inspire will soar through you like an angel on a swing,beautiful sun will move you,all the songs are catchy and memorable,and truly jaw droppingly special,of course i will always pine for the screamcore that they once spat out but this is where they wanted to be and we cant dismiss them for being themselves,can we?
This is in a lot of cases the natural evolution of many bands that start off playing hardcore, metal or hard rock. The tendency is for many of these bands to change their music style to complement their growing skill by making their playing a lot clearer and for the sound to be sharper. Guitar riffs become much more controlling of the music and less repetitive, the drumming is no longer based on cymbal bashing and the vocals lead the music and are designed to be much more catchier (whereas screaming alone doesn't allow a vocalist to show his true singing abilities, an example of an excellent combination of the two styles is the way Chino sings).
This is a very good album and i highly recommended it, cave in have become one of the more unique bands of this decade and will be ranked along with Metallica, Foo fighters, Radiohead, QOTSA, Manics, Deftones in upcoming years.
funnily enough it's when they try to move away from the atmospheric to 'lighter' tunes that the band come unstuck. true to form one of these (two) tracks ('anchor') was released as a single. odd, that...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The band may not like it very much and it may not be a fans favourite but I love this album.Published on 25 Jun. 2013 by neilson coombs
This album is fab!
Cave in have a strange space sound to this album and it works really well. It almost has a hint of MUSE to it (muse the english rock band) I saw them for... Read more
I didn't know a great deal about Cave-in when i picked up this album...now i know they are from Boston, MA (a great city) and that they have put together an amazing album. Read morePublished on 30 April 2003 by J. R. Sanders