Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Review: Cavalar - As a Metal of Fact

Label: Voice Music

Released: 2007

The 70s seem to be a bottomless well of influence, particularly in the realm of hard rock and metal. Cavalar don't break any barriers on As a Metal of Fact, but they do a good job rehashing a slightly different past. Twitch nails his take on Ozzy, but unlike so many bands, the primary influence isn't the same sludgey Sabbath riffs. Sure, Sabbath is present, but you'd be hard pressed to find a good metal album where there isn't true. Instead, Cavalar deals more in Ozzy's solo material which gives them a decidedly different energy than many of their peers. Sure, they cover "Hole in the Sky," but that's a decidedly peppy song compared to the most oft-copied Sabbath material.

As a Metal of Fact does draw a bit on 70s hard rock, but also taps some of the 80s metal that got lost between glam and thrash. There is perhaps a hint of the effects of grunge here, but by and large Cavalar sticks to the pre-90s hard rock/heavy metal world. It's nothing new, but at least it's influences aren't quite the typical metal party line. Oh yeah, that heavy groove is hard to beat.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 5/10
Dylan: 5/10
Aretha: 6/10
Overall: 6/10



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