Caina – Setter on Unseen Snares

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/ Label: Broken Limbs Release
Distributor/ Label URL: http://brokenlimbsrecordings.com/
Released: 2015
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/cainaband and http://cainaband.bandcamp.com/

cainaBand Line up

Andy Curtis-Brignell: Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Lyrics

Laurence Taylor: Vocals, Lyrics

Track Listing

1. Introduction
2. I am the Flail of the Lord
3. Setter of Unseen Snares
4. Vowbound
5. Applicant / Supplicant
6. Orphan

Review

After experimenting with many genres of the past decade, Caina return to their Black Metal roots, while delving into post-punk and hardcore influences on their latest offering Setter on Unseen Snares.

Opening with a spoken dialogue in, ‘Introduction’, the narrative follows the distinction between man and nature. Around half way, the gritty sounding guitars creep in with distant vocals in the background.

‘I am the Flail of the Lord’ barges in with a heavy Bass slam and pounding drums. The deep throated growls come with an angst tones that compliment the instrumentation. Around half way, the band reveals a solid use of melody as the claustrophobic atmosphere swamps over the track, proving jus how well measured the band’s song writing skills are.

Meanwhile, ‘Vowbound’ bursts out with chaotic drumming and blood soaked shrieks, which give everything a far more visceral experience. The bass lines are audible and pull the track together while the drums race ahead to an exhilarating pace.

The musicianship remains fairly consistent throughout the record, with the lead guitars of ‘Applicant / Supplicant’ being particularly noteworthy. The track also features some clean chants, which provide a more engrossing experience than the earlier tracks.

Closing off with the desolate sounding, ‘Orphan’, the clean vocals pervade throughout the opening minutes as the track’s melodic stance conjures a deeper sense of urgency. The bleak sounding guitar leads and weighty drums culminate into a solid departure.

Caina delivers a pretty decent output with the Setter on Unseen Snares and will no doubt appeal to some Black Metal fans as well as fans of other genres with their innovative approach to music. However, the record does fall short in creating any memorable moments that stand out. However, the record does offer up plenty of depth that will no doubt satisfy the appetites of current Caina fans as well as well as those who yearn for an apocalyptic prelude into earth’s final days.

Review by Ben Spencer
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