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Caldera : Holy Word To Unholy Species

A caldera is what's left of a mountain after its top blows off in a volcanic explosion. You know, like Crater Lake in Oregon? That's a caldera. So you know that this French band of the same name chose their appellation carefully. These folks serve up a smooth, rich, bottom-heavy blend of stoner and doom with enough delicious guitar tone and powerful riffs to please groovers in both camps.

Originally an instrumental band, Caldera was augmented on their second EP by Water Dragon records maven and Low Vibes singer Matt, who shouts on three out of five tunes on 'Holy Word-' as well. The band has added an 80s English metal feel to some of the songs, which IMO only adds to the grooviness factor, much like some of the new psycheDOOMelic label releases. Cool. 'Six Feet Under' is nice n' doomy, with Matt's clear yet edgy vocals leading the way through lots of 'Sabbathy crunch and stoner mayhem. 'Hard to Find' is an instro with dual guitar giving the tune some NWOBHM flava, while 'Earth Blues' (NOT the 'Hendrix song) is a stoned churner, with lyrics about mountains screaming. Wyndorf anyone?

Caldera shows much promise on 'Holy Word-'; the heavy groove is stronger than ever. They rock the doom 'till it hurts bruthas and sistas, but only 'cause it feels so good, heh heh. Although their song composition skills are strong, the tuneage with vocals shines the brightest. Fans of trad doom and stoner groove will dig. I'm a member of both camps, so all I need to do at this point is figure out where I put that damned lighter....

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Silent Prayers
2. Six Feet Under
3. Hard to Find
4. Earth Blues
5. Sinister Purpose

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

Visit the Caldera bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
Forever Autumn
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