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On the Lam
April 2002
Released: 2002, Hydra Head Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

First of all, I just want to say that I hate it when bands/labels don’t include song titles with their promos. There, just had to get that off my chest. Second of all, I love bands like Cavity! Sludgy, slow, groovy, heavy, and beer-soaked, these guys are straight outta the swamps.

You may not have heard of Cavity before, but these guys have been around for close to ten years now. Formed in Miami in ’92 by vocalist Rene and bassist Daniel, the band quickly got their collective shit together and released a 7” by the next year, eventually going on tour to support it. This is a busy band as, if I read their bio right, they’ve released four albums already, alongside a bunch of EPs and other 7”s.

Their bio also says that they’ve toured with the likes of ISIS, EyeHateGod, and Bongzilla among others. That doesn’t surprise me at all. Led by Rene’s abrasive howl and low-tuned fuzzy riffs, it’s easy to hear that Cavity could easily cave some heads in on the road. This music is just so huge-sounding. Plus, most of the tunes’ riffs are damn catchy, more so than a lot of other bands of this type.

As kickass as this disc is, it falls down in the same place as most other stoner rock bands do: to much dicking around. Almost every song has some kind of “spacey” jam section that totally gets away from the main idea. While a few jam style songs are cool, a whole CD full of ‘em gets a little boring. I mean, there are time on this disc when I just wanted to get a hold of the band a shout “Get the hell on with it!”

Complaints aside, this is a cool disc, and it shows off the maturity of the band. All stoner rock fans, or anyone who likes more underground styled rock should check out Cavity.

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