Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Cave In 

Cave In, with Doomriders and Lorene Drive. Monday, November 28, at the Grog Shop.

Cave In
  • Cave In
By the late '90s, hardcore's roots in punk and thrash had taken a backseat to a by-the-numbers formula of rehashed Slayer breakdowns that focused less on talent and innovation than on a will to stomp. However, throughout the mid-'90s, Cave In bandmates had been hammering out new ideas in the basements of their Methuen, Massachusetts homes. Beyond Hypothermia, released in early '98, collected many of the group's early releases onto one CD and pointed toward the greatness that was to come later that year on the group's opus, Until Your Heart Stops.

Like scenemates Converge and Botch, Cave In ripped metal and hardcore rhythms apart at the seams, stitching them back together with off-kilter time signatures and unpredictable breakdowns, and finishing things off with guttural screaming born of frustration and anguish. Hardcore listeners converted seemingly overnight, and for a few years Cave In appeared destined to rule the scene.

And then came Jupiter, Cave In's 2000 LP, on which the group abruptly abandoned the whole experiment in favor of a cleaner, simpler, and less-abrasive power-prog mix. Though Jupiter and its major-label follow-up, 2003's Antenna, provide a nice synthesis of Failure-style guitar-squeal and Quicksandesque post-hardcore crunch, both sent once-rabid fans running for the hills, feeling more or less betrayed by Cave In's "artsy" ambition.

It was with great relief, then, that fans received Perfect Pitch Black late this past summer. Vocalist Stephen Brodsky, content to croon away in progged-out bliss for the past four years, has finally started bellowing in true metalcore form again, achieving a nice smooth/rough dynamic on Black. And while the band still seems reluctant to flex its math-metal muscle, it has injected an interesting stoner groove into portions of the album, which should make the band's show at the Grog this Monday one hell of a ride.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Steve Boughton

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Andrea Bocelli @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Kellen Erskine @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Louis C.K. @ Agora Theatre

    • Thu., Dec. 2

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation