Cradle To Grave
Cradle To Grave
2/9/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Cradle To Grave - Cradle To Grave 2004 Power Play Records --EC
Canada's Cradle To Grave play a consistent, sonic firestorm of hardcore heavy metal. The band's sound is obviously deeply rooted in Pantera's way of thinking, but I hear quite a bit of Exhorder, Fall From Grace, and mid-era Corrosion Of Conformity in their sound. Huge, sludgy slabs crawl out of nowhere, but the group focus most of their attention on creating non-stop lethal carnage in the form of violent chops and bone shaking rhythm. These guys aren't afraid to take chances, mixing in quite a bit of leads and solos as well as a number of good, bottom heavy doom grooves. They really mix it up well, never relying totally on the barbaric sound system they have put in place. The band can sound as ferocious as any death-core band alive, but I really don't see them on the same page as the mindless acts popping up all over the place. As odd as it seems, Cradle To Grave really seem like a 90s band. They certainly aren't dated by any means, but they actually seem like a band that could have emerged around the same time as Pantera and Exhorder. They really have that 90s vibe that was found with Corrosion Of Conformity, Life Of Agony, and even Fight. Call it hardcore, call it Urban, call it the heaviest form of thrash, either way this whole album works extremely well.
The band was formed in 2002 by Denis Barthek, who spent some time with the band Aggression prior to founding Cradle To Grave. By May of 2003 the band's lineup was complete and the group went into the studio to record a five song demo. Now the Canadians have released their debut album through New York's Power Play Records, a solid first start to what could be a very successful musical career. From street wise hardcore to tight-knit thrash, Cradle To Grave put into place a system of intricate extreme influences that shake the walls down. From mid-Eastern guitar work on opener "As We Lay Dying" to the bluesy sounds of "Southern Oak", fans will be in for quite a rip roar ride here. With so many avenues explored, so many roads left open, the curves and twists on this album are rather extraordinary to say the least. Every track has its own unique signature, with each cut showing off a new side of the band. Through all thirteen tracks the band never strays from their primary goal, providing maximum metal entertainment. Highlights for me is the punk fueled cut "Projectile", the hard rock structured "Shut My Eyes", and the southern fried Down styled "The Manipulated Dead".
Fans of everything from Pantera and Crowbar to Metallica and Anthrax have to pick this one up. I think this album will appeal to punk, doom, hard rock, thrash, and surely hardcore fans. It really takes a swipe at metal across the board. It has been a long time since I've heard an "extreme" metal band this damn good. Cradle To Grave have pushed the limits of a genre that painted itself into a corner years ago. These guys have widened the corridor and allowed for much more breathing room in an already crowded environment. In a room full of familiar faces, Cradle To Grave stands out and stands tall.
This one comes highly recommended!
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