TOMORROW’S END is album number three for Cauldron and this may be a difficult case of two steps forward and one step back. Regular readers know that I have followed and championed this band for a decade or more back to their inception as Goat Horn. Please feel free to check out my previous Goat Horn and Cauldron reviews on the site, for a bit more historical background.
My opening remark about ‘one step back’ is born from the odd fact that the band is still on Earache but licensed the album to Century Media who for some reason did not release the bands album in their own country of Canada! I had to buy my copy directly from the band at a local gig. It seems like there was very little marketing or hype about this release. There are a few other minor changes as well such as the band has a new drummer (again) making that three albums, three drummers. The album art is far more akin to a Dan Seagrave 90’s death Metal album cover, than the cool, album covers of the first two albums. There is no hot chick this time, just a dull and desolate wasteland. Even the album title TOMORROW’S LOST is a little lackluster. I ended up getting the very basic version but there are versions floating around with various covers tunes of Cathedral, Carcass and Buster Brown of all people. I don’t know why, maybe it is my imagination, but after the band made some big headway on the first pair of albums, this one just falls a little short, or perhaps fails to meet expectations.
The album is a bit heavier, darker and some of the fun and spontaneous nature seems to have diminished. Maybe they are world-weary after slogging it out in the bars for a decade. Perhaps they wanted to show a bit more of a serious side. Either way, I do miss that sense of fun of the previous two albums. The lyrics are a bit more somber and there is the somewhat odd inclusion of a song called ‘Burning Fortune’ which was of course the title of the second album. Was it a case of that the song was good enough to name the second album after it but not good enough to be on the album, so they dumped it on this album?
Musically, the 9-song, 39-minute album is as every bit as well-written and performed as the previous pair. I know it is dull to compare a bands current output with their history, but it is a really fine album, good performances, good solos, (I love the solo on ‘Born To Struggle’), good production; there is nothing ‘technically’ wrong with TOMORROW’S END but I still can’t shake that nagging feeling that it is not up to par with the first two.
I’m going to finish this review with our now traditional analysis of the promotional sticker that came with the album, much like I did for the first two records. This time the sticker says, ‘For fans of… Saxon, Diamond Head, Wolf, Saviours, White Wizzard, and Holy Grail.’ That is pretty accurate description. I’ve probably over-analyzed this album in this review. It’s still a great NWOBHM inspired steamroller of classic Metal and fans will want to ad this to their library.
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