Perfect Pitch Black (Hydra Head, 2005) is still a compromise between
their ambitious Jupiter and mainstream power-pop.
While the band tries to return to its metal roots,
what is still missing (even from the seven-minute Paranormal and the
grunge-y Trepanning) is the energy that had derailed their first two
Old Man Gloom, featuring
Aaron Turner of Isis and Caleb Scofield of Cave In, debuted with
Meditations In B (2000),
Seminar II - The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism (2001) and
Seminar III - Zozobra (2001).
Their first major statement was Christmas (Tortuga, 2004), notably
16-minute three-movement droning folk fantasy Christmas Eve.
Octave Museum (Hydra Head, 2007) was an album of orchestral pop.
Steven Brodsky followed it up with Pet Genius (2007), a hodgepodge
of rock styles.
Cave In's guitarist Adam McGrath launched his solo project
the Clouds with
the freaked-out stylistic maelstroms of
Legendary Demo (2007)
We Are Above You (Hydra Head, 2008).
Planets Of Old (Hydra Head, 2009) was both one of their most accessible
with relatively catchy songs such as
Retina Sees Rewind and
Air Escapes, and a return to the heavy sound of their early recordings.
Cave In's EP Anomalies Vol. 1 (Hydra Head) collects unreleased tracks and rarities, mostly covers.
Continuing in their somewhat schizophrenic vein,
White Silence (Hydra Head, 2011) invested both in melodic
melodramas (the eight-minute Sing My Loves,
Summit Fever) and in furious rave-ups
(Vicious Circles, Serpents, Centered), excelling in
neither but coining a curious hybrid.
Caleb Scofield died in 2018 at the age of 39.
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