Published Mar 05, 2014Although it may be hard to believe, the southern shores of New Brunswick have long been a safe haven for Canadian metal bands. Just ask relative newcomers Cavern and their long-running labelmates Anthesis (formerly the Daisy Anthesis), who have decided to team up for a self-titled split on Maritime metal imprint Diminished Fifth Records/D5 Digital. The joint effort won't be out until March 11. But while you wait, stream the 10-track LP on Exclaim.ca.
Starting out with the sludge-filled chords of Cavern's "Plague Smog," the grind-influenced trio delivers five more pieces of dissonant chaos (including album standouts "Greed" and "Genie") before making way for Anthesis's groove-inflected noise fusion ("Voices," "Beaching of the Whales") and punishing drones ("Iced Currant and Crimson Ivy"), which just so happens to be the band's first batch of new material since 2010's Surface and the Sky.
"Working on this split album has been a very unique experience for myself and Scott Lilly," commented Cavern/Anthesis's Scott Miller in a statement. "With the two of us playing in both bands on this split it's been a great way to get different ideas out. I see Anthesis and Cavern as two very different projects and it's interesting to see them side by side like this. I write the majority of the music for both bands and it's great seeing how a different drummer can have such a unique input on the music. These songs would have turned out totally different if we swapped drummers."
Stream the album in the player below, which you can find underneath Cavern's upcoming tour itinerary with Halifax metalheads Dumpster Mummy.
03/08 Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
03/09 Truro, NS – Douglas St Rec Center (all ages)
03/10 Fredericton, NB – The Capital
04/05 Halifax, NS – Michael's Bar + Grill
UPDATE: This stream was available for one week only and is no longer available.