The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Cave In – Until Your Heart Stops
Cave In, along with Converge, Integrity, Neurosis and a few other choice bands, set the bar high amongst other hardcore/metal bands I was listening to at that time in my life and in the scene itself. Cave In combined elements of hardcore, space/progessive rock (which became more prominent later on in their career) and alternative metal. Some even lump them in the metalcore genre. They formed in 1995, in Methuen, Massachusetts, and while going through several member changes, they finally solidified their lineup in 1998 with the release of their debut studio-album Until Your Heart Stops.
Although Beyond Hypothermia was their first debut album, the first real Cave In full-length was, Until Your Heart Stops, an all out technical array of musicianship that pushed the band, both mentally and physically to their limit. They were worried about the album being disliked and stressed highly over it during the recording process. Luckily, while they were going over tracking in the studio, Isis frontman/Hydra Head co-owner, Aaron Turner came in to hear the progress they were making on the album, and to Cave In’s relief, he was pleased with the results.
The album took about 3 years to complete, but it was well worth it. Until Your Heart Stops opens with intensity right from the start and doesn’t let up for the rest of the mind trip these guys created. It’s an assault on the body and mind, with it’s wall of sound that beautifully shifts between aggressive and melodic rhythms without a single misstep. The album itself was an exciting challenge for the band, not only due to the process of changing band members while writing the album, but for the sheer technical abilities each member pulled off. These guys came a long way from their previous work, showing growth in their song structure and delving more into psychedelia and noise. Each track is expansive, at times offering full on heavy riffs, to melodies that give off a dark atmospheric feel.
Never once does the album come off boring or repetitive. From start to finish, it’s a well structured album and shows the heart and determination they had when writing it. The production is another strong factor for this album. Kurt Ballou (Converge), recorded and co-produced (along with Cave In), the album, and it shows. He captured their sound and conveyed it perfectly. You never miss a single note from the dense wall of sound to the piercing highs this album expresses.
Simply put, I was instantly hooked on this album from the start, and to this day I still come back to it with the same amount of excitement I had when I first listened to it. Also, another bit of info, the opening track “Moral Eclipse” contains guest vocals from none other than Jacob Bannon himself and it sounds sick as hell. Now sit back and enjoy their track “Juggernaut” from Until Your Heart Stops…
Cave In – “Juggernaut”