Retro-heavy metal act falls flat on fifth full-length
Canada's traditional heavy metal trio, Cauldron, absolutely blew me away with their first two albums. 2009's 'Chained To The Nite' and 2011's 'Burning Fortune' were heavy metal gold and sounded like they could have been written and recorded in the mid-80's. From that point on, I was an instant fan, a "first day buyer", and eagerly waited for future releases. However, the music that followed just didn't live up to the first two albums. The next few albums, 2012's 'Tomorrow's Lost', and 2016's 'In Ruin', felt like something was missing. They still had that classic 80's sound, which I really enjoy, but the aggressiveness was gone, and I just couldn't adapt to that change from this band.
That brings us to 2018, and the release of their fifth full-length album, 'New Gods'. Unfortunately, aside for a few good tracks such as "Never Be Found" and "Last Request", there really isn't anything that memorable here. I really miss the chunky, heavy riffs of the first few albums and hope they return to that form some day. It almost seems as if they are running out of ideas and are trying too hard to sound retro. Unfortunately on 'New Gods', it doesn't work out too well, at least to these ears. The good news is, this band is full of talent and I have faith that they will deliver another great album one day, but the band new is, this is not the day.