An American rock project out of New York City, Caves of Utah, describe their sound as stoner, groove rock with ‘70s fuzz guitar riffs. Indeed on my first listen, bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix came to mind. Take my advice, this is a recording that you really shouldn’t listen to on a low setting – this kind of stuff wasn’t meant for that.
“The Ancients” starts off this effort with a driving beat, filled with searing guitars and gritty vocals perfect for this type of music. “Oceans” has sinister, slow grooves and muddier, grittier vocals mixed with a crazy quick, screaming guitar solo. “Sisters” has a much softer tone and a slower beat with a bright, clean guitar on the verses.
On “The Only One” the bass and drums are really the driving force here – I absolutely loved the beat on this one! The guitar solo with Wah pedal effects was killer, too. The last song, “Four Hearts” would make for a good song at a wedding dance (“Our lives just begin”) or a reunion of some kind between lost family members (“I am your kin…souls are revived”). It had a tender feel and it was a great way to round out the EP.
What I liked best about this recording were the science fiction references included in the first three songs, from what I read. Anytime a band writes songs about the stars, Cosmonauts and ancient cities unknown to man, I’m in! I love all things sci-fi and reading the lyrics on the band’s Bandcamp site came as an added bonus. For those who love album art, the photography on the EP is simply stunning!
Caves of Utah is carrying the torch for that classic rock/heavy metal sound of my youth and I very much look forward to hearing what’s next in store.
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