CAPA - The Droves
1. Sigh Of The Oppressed Creature
2. Chains And Garlands
3. Cull The Living Flower
as I've said before, band submissions that I actually enjoy are few and far between. although I enjoyed the philadelphia-based CAPA's full-length from last year and fully intended to mention it on here at some point, it slipped through the cracks.
but with previous releases on the stellar ivory antler label and a glowing recommendation from ben over at black metal and brews, I knew it was time to devote some serious attention to them, and their newest recording, the droves, released just a few days ago, is absolutely worthy of that attention and then some.
this EP is tight, focused, and displays a talent for combining disparate musical styles into a cohesive, emotional, and enthralling whole. after a few seconds of ambience, the guitars and drums kick in and the band never looks back.
the production sounds great, the riffs are solid, the vocals are perfect, and the whole thing is just consistently high-quality - definitely one of the best EPs I've heard so far this year and I highly recommend that you all check it out. a vinyl 10" with alternative artwork is in the planning stages, so keep an eye out for it.
and be sure to pick up all of their past releases on bandcamp before paying a visit to their facebook page to stay on top of future plans and releases.
(name your own price on bandcamp.)