Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Album: Capricons - River, Bear Your Bones

Band: Capricons
Album: River, Bear Your Bones
Label: Rise Above Records
Year: 2008

01. Broken Coffin of the Venerable King
02. Seventh Child of a Seventh Child
03. Tempered With the Blood of Beasts
04. November Suicides
05. Owing to the Fogs
06. The Bells Rang Backwards
07. A Savage Race by Shipwrecks Fed
08. Drinking Water From The Skull of a Hanged Man

Capricons is a London, UK based band. River, Bear Your Bones is the band's second album. According to a press release, "the sound of Capricons is a heady mix of crushing power and dark, subtle beauty that has won over fans of the heavy arts worldwide. Comprised of members currently or previously involved in projects as disparate as IRON MONKEY, ORANGE GOBLIN and CATTLEPRESS, Capricons merge post-hardcore instrumentation with a pronounced post-rock tack, blurring the lines at every turn to deliver music that is both interesting and memorable. While previous efforts have seen the occasional vocal outburst (most notably from OXBOW's Eugene Robinson on 2006's 'Ruder Forms Survive'); this time around Capricons titanic arrangements are strong enough to easily hold their own."

"River, Bear Your Bones" is Capricons' masterwork; an engaging listen that is at once more precise and more exploratory than anything the band has done before. From the battle-doom opener "Broken Coffin of the Venerable King" to the evil prog of "The Bells Rang Backwards" through to the album's monumental conclusion — the 11-minute epic "Drinking Water From The Skull of A Hanged Man" — "River, Bear Your Bones" refuses to release the listener from its tenacious grip. Although devoid of vocals, the album harbors a conceptual theme throughout surrounding the band's own London. "River, Bear Your Bones" is Capricons' tribute to "life on the stones" and "a paean to Father Thames and the London Towne that spreads from its banks like a concrete cancer."

Refusing to be pinned to a particular genre or classification, Capricons have consistently made a point to perform in front of diverse audiences. While in the midst of writing "River, Bear Your Bones", the band was selected to appear at both the decidedly indie All Tomorrow's Parties Festival (alongside such bands as ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, ISIS and GRIZZLY BEAR) and the decidedly-hard rock Roadburn Festival (where the band shared the stage with WITCHCRAFT, GRAND MAGUS, TROUBLE and more).

Since its formation in 2003, Capricons' sound and live sets have garnered high praise from such rock royalty as the MELVINS' King Buzzo and NEUROSIS' Steve Von Till.


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Jeff said...

ack. it's in wma.

props though. good shit.

serdelkofil said...

i kinda liked the previous record way much better.

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