Looking through Cave In’s expansive career, between their two
most towering achievements sits the Creative Eclipses EP where
you can see everything change.
It’s been 20 years since the Boston quartet sliced canyons through
multiple scenes, starting as a corrosive hardcore band before
releasing some of the most unorthodox and exhilarating songs in
extreme music on Until Your Heart Stops. And before the aftershocks
could die down, Cave In evolved more radically than
anyone could have predicted.
While members have forged divergent paths with Old Man
Gloom, Mutoid Man, Clouds and Zozobra in the years since,
Creative Eclipses was the first signal that a band already
celebrated for their innovation could effortlessly push beyond
anything they’d tried before.
Before Jupiter could transform Cave In into rock saviors, there
were these five tracks. Opener “Luminance” is an ascendent,
shimmering hymn that bruises the troposphere. The cover of
Failure’s “Magnified,” is taken over with such fervor it feels like
something the band hatched themselves, and the acoustic “Burning
Down the Billboards” is both a revolutionary and apocalyptic
anthem. The two “Sonatas,” both ambient tracks, can wholly stand
on their own as fascinating immersions into noise.
Creative Eclipses is much more than a bridge between the two
worlds Cave In has inhabited; it’s a captivating example of the
sonic rewards that follow the band every time they’ve chosen to
02. Sonata McGrath
04. Burning Down the Billboards
05. Sonata Brodsky