I’m not going to start this write-up and pretend like I have a solution for grief or that I’ve made peace with the fact that Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is no longer with us. As of this writing, it’s been nearly a week since his passing and frankly, I’m still trying to process that. Telling myself that it can’t be true since I’ve seen Strnad and his bandmates have seemingly all the fun onstage at least seven times.
In time I’ll accept what has occurred. But let’s take a look back.
Cave In stopped by a gorgeous setting in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon for Gibson TV’s“The Songbook” series. The latest episode, which Revolver is premiering right now link below, Steve Brodsky and Adam McGrath, who sit down for a stunning playthrough of ‘Shake My Blood,’ off the band’s latest album, 2019’s Final Transmission. A deeply personal record, it was completed after the tragic death of Cave In’s founding bassist Caleb Scofield in an auto accident.Continue reading →
In a story we have been following for some time, Old Man Gloom have formally announced their highly anticipated brand new album, Seminar: VIII Light of Meaning, out May 22, 2020, via Profound Lore Records. The album will be their first without Bassist/vocalist Caleb Scofield, who died in 2018. Caleb had been a member since 2001 and the album Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressionism (Tortuga Recordings). Stephen Brodsky of Cave-In/Mutoid Man is now the bands’ full-time bassist. Listen to the new song ‘EMF’ and pre-order the album below. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan of any music that Caleb Scofield created or played, bring the tissues for this one. Cave In‘s aptly-titled Final Submission (Hydra Head) is a collection of recordings made with the band’s late bassist before his tragic death last year and contains much input from the man himself. It’s a slightly different album than fans might expect, but in many ways, it’s more meaningful for it.Continue reading →
Cave In has announced their new album, Final Transmission, releasing via Hydra Head Records on June 7th. The band shared a new song, ‘All Illusion’, which you can hear below, and pre-order the album now. The band had reconvened in February of 2018 at their rehearsal space in Boston to work on material for their next record. It had been nearly seven years since their previous album, White Silence, had been released. On March 28th, 2018, bassist Caleb Scofield was killed in an auto accident. There are no words to describe what a devastating blow this was to his wife and children, his friends, family, and bandmates—not to mention his countless fans. The new album contains Caleb’s final compositions and performances with Cave In and even has a haunting vocal performance in the way of a message from Caleb, that opens the album. Continue reading →
Old Man Gloom has announced Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and Mutoid Man has joined the band on bass. Brodsky is stepping in forCaleb Scofield, who passed away last spring in a tragic auto accident. Brodsky performed with the band at the Scofield tribute and benefit concert in Los Angeles in October. The band shared the news on social media and has begun the process for a new album hopefully, due later in 2019.Continue reading →
Post-metal legends ISIS reunited last night under the guise of “Celestial” at the Caleb Scofield tribute Concert at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. last night. It was the first time since 2010 when the band broke up after touring behind their album Wavering Radiant. They played an incredible set featuring songs from Celestial, and Oceanic. Also appearing last night were Caleb’s bands Cave In, Old Man Gloom, as well as Pelican and 27. The event was streamed live. Watch below. Isis’ set starts at 2:55:28. All proceed from the show will go to funds benefitting Scofield’s family. Scofield passed away earlier this year after a tragic auto accident. Continue reading →
Tonight in Boston a sold-out benefit show for late Cave-In, Old Man Gloom,Zoroaster basisist Caleb Scofield takes place featuring Cave In, Converge, Old Man Gloom and others. Now a second event is planned at The wiltern in Los Angeles, this October 13th. The LA benefit show again features performances by Scofield’s bands: Cave In and Old Man Gloom as well as longtime friends and collaborators, Pelican and 27 (featuring Cave In’s Adam McGrath). The tribute also includes a one-time performance by the members of ISIS, who will play under the Celestial moniker, a nod to the influential outfit’s debut album of the same name. This is the band’s first performance since they played their final show in June of 2010. These shows support Caleb’s family, and numerous benefits, fund raisers and tributes have been organized since his sudden, tragic passing the march.
At this past weekend’s Roadburn FestivalCave In‘sStephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath reunited to pay tribute to their late bassist and vocalist Caleb Scofield who died in a car accident in March. The two played stripped-down versions of classic Cave In songs and covers Caleb liked at the Het Patronet venue, which frontman Brodsky told some stories about each song relating to Caleb. You can watch the fan-filmed videos below. Continue reading →
We now know that our version of The Ape of God (Profound Lore) – the one that was released to the press – is a compilation of parts of the two new albums issued by Old Man Gloom only and not full version(s) of the pair, both released with the same title. On their Facebook page the L.A. super-group claim they would stand by the truncated compilation as an album in its own right, and indeed it would serve as such.
The sludge-drenched hostility of ‘Fist of Fury’ and ‘The Lash’ collides with fuzzed-out riffs and post leads underpinning the titanic crunch, fully embracing Aaron Turner‘s Isis background. That lead is a howling current through the intense roar of ‘Predators’, an ominously building ambient crescendo falling to eerie wails; the angry Neurosis vibe screaming from every pore and indicating a deeper sense of gravity. This segues into the savage, visceral pummel of the monstrous ‘Shoulder Meat’, the deep lead underpin almost sorrowful whilst crashing thunder is eclipsed by a stone breaking, torturous riff. As these two tracks don’t follow each other on the albums proper, the organic melding of the join displays the length OMG went to fool the media.
The breakneck aggression of Nate Newton‘s Converge is evident in the sequencer-filled bruising battery of ‘Never Enter’, while eerie atmospherics cede to the mutilating slash and oscillating crunch of ‘Promise’. The weight and hiss of the rhythms are as oppressive as the consumptive vocal roars, Santos Montano‘s drums and Caleb Scofield‘s bass pounding and throbbing through the Gregorian psychedelic drift of ‘Simia Die’ before the soaring riff carries the coda to tumultuous skies. Closer ‘Aarows [their spelling] to Our Hearts’, which also closes the second album proper, is a fourteen-minute epic displaying the full gamut of creativity with a slow build through ambient samples, a maudlin drum march and picked riff graced by gentle vocal intonations. As the fuzzing noise gradually swells through the seeping gloom into an agonised, pulsing horror, so does the unbearable tension. It’s the kind of track Cult of Luna have it in their power to make, but haven’t appeared angry enough for years to execute.
With our review copy of the albums being four tracks shy of the full complement, this is still representative of a mighty effort from a band totally at the top of their game, dwarfing last album No (Hydra Head) and destined to rattle many ‘top ten’ lists of 2014.