Sunday, April 27, 2014

Song Of The Week: 4/27/14

Song: "Controlled Mayhem Then Erupts"

Artist: Cave In

Album: "Until Your Heart Stops"

Year: 1998

"Controlled Mayhem Then Erupts" is a song that appears play out like a sci-fi movie. It seems as if it takes place in the future. The Earth has died and humans try to re-populate on the Moon. However, the people make the very same mistakes that caused the destruction of Earth and the Moon is now dying as well. It's really an indictment of the way humans are treating Earth and a doomsday approach to what will ultimately lead to their demise. Cave In, from Massachusetts, formed as a band back in 1995. Guitarist Steve Brodsky and vocalist Jay Frenchette, of Ten Yard Fight fame, were the two main forces that ignited Cave In. In 1997, the band released a self titled 7" through Hydra Head Records. Frenchette soon departed after this release to focus full time on his other band Ten Yard Fight. In 1998, Cave In released "Beyond Hypothermia", which was a compilation which featured the band's previous 7" releases as well as their songs recorded for split EP's. '98 also saw the band release their debut album, "Until Your Heart Stops". Guitarist Brodsky was now the full time vocalist of Cave In. From 1995 till 1998, the band was basically a metalcore band featuring heavy, aggressive riffs and gutteral vocals. In 1999, the band entered their "space-rock" period. Starting with their EP, "Creative Eclipses", Cave In started becoming much more experimental with their sound, much more melodic and atmospheric. This trend continued with their 2000 release "Jupiter". They were starting to be labeled as "emo-metal Radiohead", a label which the band emphatically rejected. 2002 saw the band release the EP, "Tides Of Tomorrow", their last release through Hydra Head Records. In 2003, Cave In signed on with major label RCA and released their most successful album, "Antenna". This album was their most alternative rock sounding album that they released as heard through their singles "Anchor" and "Inspire". This album helped earn the band a spot on the second stage at Lollapalooza as well as the supporting slot for the Foo Fighters European tour. When RCA heard the new material that Cave In was working on, they decided to part ways with the band. Gone was the straight forward, radio friendly alternative rock of "Antenna" and back was the more aggressive, metalcore sound that the band started out with. In 2005, Cave In returned to Hydra Head Records and released "Perfect Pitch Black". 2006 saw the band announce a hiatus. After three years apart, Cave In returned from their hiatus and released the vinyl only EP, "Planets Of Old". This release was made into a cd in 2010 for sale. In 2011, Cave In dropped their fifth full length album called "White Silence". Brodsky has hinted that all future Cave In releases may be focused on digital medium. Currently, their hasn't been much news coming from the Cave In camp for the last two years. They don't seem to be a band that operates on deadlines and what not. They seem to approach music making at their own pace. Cave In has changed their sound quite a few times during their career. They are known to get "jammy" at times, with some of their songs hitting the 8 and 10 minute marks. They are quite respected on the underground circuit, especially in their native Massachusetts.

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