Cave In Planets Of Old

Cave In Planets Of Old
It may only be four tracks but Planets Of Old, the first new material from Cave In since their reformation this year, is more than enough to prove that their position on the throne of chaotic metal/post-hardcore was sorely vacant in the three years they were absent. Progressive and majestic without seeming pompous or boring, the EP is a bit of a shape shifter, in terms of approach and style, ranging from subtle, drawn-out harmonies over chugging musical progressions to boisterous shots of unbridled rage. "Cayman's Tongue" features a beastly dirge; "Retina Sees Rewind" utilizes overly melodic tendencies that make it an easy radio hit; "The Red Trail" unleashes rabid fury; and "Air Escapes" devolves into pop. When smashed together with such finesse, or lack thereof, Planets Of Old proves Cave In are a little of bit of everything and nothing specific all at once. This is an amazing case of personality disorder that creates an engaging atmosphere. (Hydra Head)