CAVITY — After Death

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Album · 2017

Filed under Sludge Metal
By CAVITY

Tracklist


A1. Scalpel A.D. (08:54)
A2. Neanderthal (10:41)
B1. Fangs On Beyond (05:02)
B2. Collision (14:09)

Total Time 38:46

Line-up/Musicians


- Rene Barge / vocals
- Dan Gorostiaga / bass
- Ed Matus / guitars
- Ryan Weinstein / guitars
- Rick Smith / drums

About this release

12" vinyl LP released 2017 on Valley King Records - VKR 1206), limited to 400 copies:

- 300 black
- 50 coke bottle green
- 50 deluxe splatter vinyl set: (includes After Death on splatter vinyl, a turntable slip mat with the cover art, cover on rainbow foil stock, embroidered patch).

Written, recorded, mixed and produced during the summer of 2016.
Mastered by John McBain.

Thanks to aglasshouse for the addition and MorniumGoatahl, Bosh66 for the updates

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aglasshouse
A true theme of hell.

Looking back at Cavity's legacy, they were not revolutionaries. Although they did debut in 1995, a mere eight years after Melvins had essentially invented sludge metal, they did no genre creation or pioneering. What Cavity did do on the other hand was take sludge metal and mold it into an even more brutal, raw version of itself. This is, in a way, an equally commendable presentation of music.

But Cavity's tempest of terror ended quite abruptly in 2001, cutting the throat of a growing underground popularity that had been gaining steam since 1995. After a compilation of unreleased material from the 90's, Miscellaneous Recollections, not a peep was heard from Cavity other than a few blips of live performances here and there. Out of nowhere however in 2016, Cavity announced a comeback set for early 2017. Now it's that time, and what we have is the product of pooled emotions that have been brewing for the 16 year long hiatus.

After Death could not be more appropriately titled as the band is practically rising from the grave to record this, but at the same time it's also not exactly a glamorous return. I can easily chalk this up as the most brutal and barbarous Cavity release to date, and it's for a variety of different reasons: Cavity is a husk of it's former self. Gone is the pugnacity towards their work, of a group of young fellas from Miami with an attitude akin to the Melvins. Now what they are (or at least come across as according to this release) is a bitter, hateful group of...well, you know I'm just not sure. Demons, from the sounds of it. Secondly, After Death is not only the most brutal but also the most simplistic of Cavity's discography. The albums four total tracks are long, droning epics of heavy, repetitive, plodding drums, moaning guitar, and twisted, pained vocals. After Death's experimental use of stripped-down instrumentation, heavily balancing on the repetitiveness of the rhythmic structures, is nothing short of uncomfortable. It's actually quite an intimidating release, so far removed from so many other metal albums that it's actually quite alien at times. Tracks like 'Fangs on Beyond' especially utilize a certain industrial sound rarely seen being used by bands like Cavity. The year's already young but I can see this album being one of the most odd it has to offer.

This album is spine-chilling. It's a theme of Charon crossing the Styx. It's so strange too because After Death has gotten very little publicity since it's release, other than their label Valley King promoting it a little ever since it's announcement in 2016. It's truly an oddball of the year that I think, although I'm doubtful it will appeal to all or even many, is very worth checking out just for the experience.

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