|Review: Cauldron Born - …And Rome Shall Fall|
|…And Rome Shall Fall|
Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 23, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:…And Rome Shall Fall
Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)
This is the third release from this obscure Georgia band that carries high the torch of classic 80’s US metal. As their last release was a compilation of old demo tracks, and their first album was years and years ago, this is almost like another debut. Cauldron Born play an underground style of heavy metal rooted in such classic sounds as Manilla Road and "Night on Brocken" era Fates Warning. This album is filled with chugging metal riffs and some quite technical solos. The songs are all pretty long – around 7-8 minutes each, which is a good thing if you’re like me and favor longer songs. Each song has different parts and tempo changes to keep things interesting, as well as memorable choruses that stick in your head. The lyrics are almost entirely based on Robert E Howard stories, which for big REH fans (such as myself) is a big plus also. If you are at all a fan of underground metal I promise you’ll be singing along with "By This Axe I Rule" in no time.
Now there are some problems with this disc, and they may really bother some people, so I’ll list them here. First, the vocals are extremely high-pitched and wailing, very much like old John Arch, only worse. If you don’t like high-pitched singers this album will really turn you off. Fortunately David Louden was only a session vocalist on this album, and I understand they have since acquired a full-time singer who is supposedly much more Halford-esque. I hope this is so, as this would really take the band to another level. The mix on this CD is uneven, with the drums and vocals too upfront, and the bass too low. And the drum sound is pretty bad – it sounds like a machine, which would not be so bad if it wasn’t mixed so high. As it is, the drum sound is something you tolerate, at best. But if you are a drum-fiend, this album will make you wince. A lot.
This comes in a nice jewel case CD package with some very amateurish artwork on some nice slick paper. Lyrics and band photos are included. You can only get this CD in the states through sentinelsteel.com. The band website lists where the album can be obtained overseas.
This a very enjoyable CD with solid songs, cool riffs, and choruses to make you bang your head and sing along. If the tide of saccharine metal from Europe is getting a little deep for you, try this out. They don’t get any more old-school than this.
Standout Tracks: By This Axe I Rule, Dragon Throne, Clontarf.
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