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Caldera : Caldera

They do a lot of things right in France, but underground music has not traditionally been one of them. Don't tell that to those drugged-out Parisians in Caldera, though, 'cause they're not listening. Their demo from last year, 'Holy Word to Unholy Species' was a cry from the far underground, a superior loud n' proud mix of heavy 70s stoner riffage with traditional doom elements that should have put them on the map, but apparently didn't.

They're busy recording a full length at the moment, and in the meantime the group has put out a four-song EP taster. If this is what's to come, they've really evolved in the past year, a result, I suspect, of a change in their listening habits. The riffs are still there, mind you, but the orientation has changed. That fat 70s influenced groove has transformed into a riffing wall of noise: the vocals have receded into the mix and the guitars are noisier and more doomed-out than ever. The tuneage seems to be influenced more by Isis, Neurosis, Mastodon, High on Fire, and even Sally rather than the likes of, say, Nebula. And hey, the cover art is very cool: a flaming bison head that would do Malleus proud.

Well, I'll take 'em however I can get 'em. Some visionary label would be wise to sign them up. After all, you don't find talented groups like Caldera every day. Especially in France.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Blood Sweat and Tears
2. The Journey
3. The Rope
4. Going to the Grave

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes

Visit the Caldera bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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