CAVE IN secretly recorded a new album last year and didn't tell anyone about it until about a week ago, when news of its existence leaked onto Amazon -- catching even the band's label, Hydrahead Recordings, off guard. And by "off guard," we mean that they knew about it but were supposed to let us tell you first. Sigh.
All good, though: Cave In records wait for no man or beast. And if the lyric sheet is any indication, we expect this one's gonna be a monster. (We haven't heard it yet, but we're already predcting that "Summit Fever" will do for altitude sickness what Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice" did for hypothermia.)
Details: White Silence, dropping May 24, was recorded in 2009-'10 in Allston, Arlington, Cambridge, Mashpee, and some town in New Hampshire. Mixed by Adam Taylor at Camp Street last fall, mastered by noise legend James Plotkin.
Here's the press release from Hydrahead:
TRACK LISTING:1. White Silence (2:47) 2. Serpents (2:53) 3. Sing My Loves (8:18) 4. Vicious Circles (3:20) 5. Centered (3:01)6. Summit Fever (4:04) 7. Heartbreaks, Earthquakes (3:13) 8. Iron Decibels (4:33) 9. Reanimation (3:41)Cave In's first full length in more than half a decade speaks to us in ways we're still processing. Were there not deadlines to meet, and onehseets to submit, we would be taking a bit more time to reflect further on why we find this album, and this band, so important to us. Had you told us in 1997 that we'd be here, in Spring 2011, prepping a new Cave In album, we very likely wouldn't have registered the sort of impact that fact might have on our lives. Now, a dedade and a half since we began working together, we find ourselves humbled and emotional while reflecting on the depth of meaning we find in our relationship. As friends, and as business partners, we've seen each other grow and stumble with an ebb and flow that feels every bit as powerful as this album we hold in our hands. The sentiment we feel while listening to White Silence is every bit an indicator of the bond we're grateful to have with old friends who happen to collectively bust out some of our favorite jams time and time again.White Silence has an energy and a balance that feels like the work of seasoned vets, consummate professionals that have, with great heart, focus and authenticity, honed their songwriting ability in ways we feel fortunate to have witnessed first hand. If you followed the member's individual trajectories after Cave In's un- declared 2005 hiatus, you'd have been witness to a spectrum of songwriting capabilites. Brodsky's singer-songwriter eccentricies, Zozobra's 2-piece metallic power, Cloud's rock energy, and Doomrider's thunderous roll; all tastes of the potential a re-unified Cave In might present. 2009's Planets of Old was a four song return to form, a small taste of what Cave In were capable of producing with so much experience under their individual and collective belts.