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Cauldron – In Ruin


Last Updated on 09:11 PM by Nikos Nakos

Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Canada
Label: High Roller (Europe) / The End (America)
Year: 2016

When the heavy metal trio from Canada released their first EP “Into the Cauldron” back in 2007, quite a few old school headbangers out there instantly recognized the refreshing musical approach of the group and their eagerness to deliver classic yet lively heavy metal music. It was not only the impact of the aforementioned release but also the energy the band was showing on stage the reasons why the major English record label Earache decided to sign Cauldron. That collaboration lasted for three consecutive studio albums. Although the debut “Chained to the Nite” lacks in a way the musicians’ enthusiasm one can enjoy in the EP, all in all I believe it was a decent try by the band to tame, so to speak, the fierce heavy metal attitude of their early days. The two subsequent albums feature a bunch of well-written, and recorded with a more appropriate sound than their predecessor, heavy metal songs of today.

The time has finally come for Cauldron to leave Earache and team up with the German label High Roller Records. Their fourth opus, which is to be launched later this month, is titled “In Ruin”; it consists of nine tracks and is clocked at forty-two minutes. Interestingly enough, no cover song has been included this time (Cauldron are actually very good at covers, my personal favorite being the ones from Halloween and Bathory); instead, they attempt an instrumental composition (“Delusive Serenade”) for the first time in their career. The result is great, and I can’t help but mention a pal who screamed “This is Cauldron’s ‘Orion’!”, while listening to the track. Some of the eight songs in the album are characterized by significant variety. I really loved at first listen the up-tempo “Burning at Both Ends”, the Saxon-esque “Come Not Here”, and the aggressive “Santa Mira”. Moreover, I think the six-minutes epic “Corridors of Dust” too is a noteworthy composition, with nice guitars and interesting structure. The remaining songs are somewhat typical of the band’s style. For instance, both “Empress” and “Hold Your Fire” could be included in any album by Cauldron so far, but despite the fact they are both granted with pleasant choruses, they are nothing special really. In other words, there is a feeling at certain moments that some inspiration and proper development are missing from the songwriting.

Overall, “In Ruin” resembles the two previous works of the band, yet it misses the opportunity to exceed them due to the presence of some tedious and uninspired parts. Aside from those, the album can contribute for sure three or four compositions to a future best-of release by the band.


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