Looking through Cave InÍs expansive career, between their two most towering achievements sits the Creative Eclipses EP where you can see everything change.
ItÍs been 20 years since the Boston quartet sliced canyons throughmultiple 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 after-shocks could die down, Cave In evolved more radically than anyone could have predicted.
While members have forged divergent paths with Old ManGloom, 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 theyÍd tried before.
Before Jupiter could transform Cave In into rock saviors, there were these five tracks. Opener ñLuminanceî is an ascendent, shimmering hymn that bruises the troposphere. The cover of FailureÍs ñMagnified,î is taken over with such fervor it feels like something the band hatched themselves, and the acoustic ñBurning Down the Billboardsî is both a revolutionary and apocalyptic anthem. The two ñSonatas,î 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; itÍs a captivating example of the sonic rewards that follow the band every time theyÍve chosen to obliterate expectations.
02. Sonata McGrath
04. Burning Down the Billboards
05. Sonata Brodsky
06. Luminance (Live)
07. Breath of Water (Demo)
08. WidowÍs Peak