As A Metal Of Fact
7/17/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Cavalar - As A Metal Of Fact – 2006 - Self-Released
The band was formed in 2004 by London natives Arnaldo "Arn" Rogano (drums) and Twitch (singer). The duo recruited the talented Tadeu Dias on guitar, and Dave Rimmer on bass. The group decided on a Portuguese term meaning "super charged" as their band moniker. The four-piece combine on twelve original cuts and one smokin' cover of Sabbath's "Hole In The Sky". The debut album is a rock solid affair that should fuel the needs of fans seeking that Black Label Society, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Brand New Sin musical style. The stoner vibe is an appealing portion of the band's signature, but it is straight forward heavy metal that makes up a majority of the group's sound.
Explosive tracks like "Rush" and "Us" are deep moving groove riffs that really capture that fast moving doom/stoner aspect. On other songs like "Blind Eye" and "V-Red", the group really move on a lightning quick pace, almost bringing back the 'Crue's "Livewire" '80s approach. My favorite cut is the Ozzy inspired number "Going For It", with vocalist Twitch really hitting an Ozzy type delivery. Overall Twitch is like a cross between Rush's Geddy Lee and Ozzy, with a smooth delivery and tone that really seems calming and effective amongst the big block grooves and blues soaked riffs issued by Dias. Bassist Rimmer really struts his stuff on "Deadman", providing tight, well tuned bass lines that enhance drummer Rogano's loose style of play.
The end result is a roaring, thunderous display of musical talent and passion. Those of you looking for that rich '80s attitude with a good dose of today's stoner vibe, look no further than the super charged Cavalar.
Check out the band's sounds online at www.cavalarrock.com, where you can also order this CD through Paypal.
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