Caricature is the batshit insane brainchild of one Joseph Spiller, formerly of Too Late The Hero, The Binary Code, and System Divide, and is easily the best band you’ve never heard of up until right this very moment. Joe took some time out of his busy schedule yesterday to talk to me a little bit about the record, the history of the band, and as the title of the entire article says, give you the track ‘Saviors II’ off of the new record, The Sound Of One Man’s World Collapsing.
Hell yeah! Spiller manages to write music that certainly sounds familiar enough that we know where he’s coming from, but keeps his distance to the point where the Caricature sound is easily definable. Bonus points for the counteraction of all the heaviness going on with the clean vocal lines, especially when it’s so easy to simply scream and blast over all that. Just to reference other Caricature works so you know where this song is coming from in a sense, check out the Birth by Sleep EP on their Bandcamp to get a better feel for how this song fits in with the rest.
Aside from the song, we had gotten around to talking about the history of Caricature, which has held some big names (and still does!). Though it might seem trivial, the next record is a concept based heavily off of Joe’s history under the Caricature moniker:
Since 2004, the goal of Caricature is to craft a sound that is as diverse as it is palatable to even the most casual of listener. Over the years, Caricature has had an impressive list of members come through its ranks that include such names as John Longstreth (Origin, Gorguts, Dying Fetus, The Red Chord), Gavin Parsons (Whitechapel), Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy), and Shawn Eldridge (Funebrarum, Disma).
In 2007, after a long string of successful shows, a demo, and 2 EPs, Spiller put the band on hiatus following the death of his grandfather, which resulted in a move back to his homestate of Maine to help out his sole remaining relative, his grandmother. It would be over two years until Caricature would re-emerge in Allston, MA to start work on something more personal than they had ever done. Before, lyrical content of the band had always been a tongue in cheek social commentary; Spiller decided that it was time to let others in on the turbulent life he had been living.
The end result is the upcoming record, The Sound Of One Man’s World Collapsing , an introspective that focuses on the end. From the first line of the opener ‘Monuments,’ where Spiller screams “Behold the second coming of nothing,” to the final chorus of the album’s closer, ” I never should have let you go. I should have followed you to the end,” it’s clear that Caricature came ready to put everything on the table. That mindset is not limited only to the wide array of vocal styles exhibited by Spiller, but vastly lush instrumentation. Pianos, 7, 8, 9, and 10 String guitars, synths, rich ambient passages and textures, blazing solos by Spiller, Greg Macklin (Ordinance, Jeff Loomis), and co-guitarist Dave Cohen light up the album’s skies. The whole arsenal is rounded out by the jaw dropping drum performance of Brett Boland (Astronoid, Hetfield & Hetfield) rounds it all out. The 54 minutes of Caricature’s 11 track The Sound of One Man’s World Collapsing brings an intensity and honesty that has been near completely devoid in the world of heavy music.
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