Demo Roundup #3: Cathedrals and Tigershark…
Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 @ 9:23am » permalink
I believe "In the Event of a Blackout" is the first recorded output from Cathedrals, and what an awesome little demo this is. 11 tracks, 13-and-a-half minutes, and that's all she wrote. But, whew, their combination of crushing heaviness and burly His Hero is Gone dissonance with energetic bursts of hyperactive and lightly melodic hardcore makes for a memorable listen that definitely leaves you wanting more. The contrast of such explosive bursts of tactful speed and such a dark, dismal midpaced crunch may seem somewhat odd, but believe me it works (as you'll hear below), and I'm pretty god damn surprised that these cats haven't been scooped up by a label yet. This disc is so damn short I really don't even know what else to say here. This is intense, powerful, open-minded, creative hardcore… and I'm damn sure all for it. Check this shit out:
Cathedrals "Inspiration Could Strike at Any Moment"
I'm not sure how much this puppy's selling for, but it's probably extremely reasonable, so hit the band up on MySpace for ordering information or what have you. I can't wait to hear more from these dudes. Great work.
Somewhat of a good match alongside Cathedrals above, Tigershark
is from here in Richmond, VA and this is their first demo – which drops six very solid tracks of rugged hardcore/punk with a good, sludgy throb of dissonance, feedback and dingy riffing to keep things from sounding typical. The recording's got a muddy throb to it, but that actually sounds kind of cool given the generally meaty tone of the riffing here, which does a fairly good job of straying away from direct genre classifications without losing its identity. There's somewhat of a looseness to some of the playing (as well as the distortion itself), and that can make for some interesting textures here and there amongst some of the more discordant runs, and I'm pretty into a lot of those aspects. Also, The D.I.Y. packaging includes a spraypainted digipack and a rather cool looking color booklet for the lyrics and such that's a nice touch. I don't get many demos anymore and I get the feeling that a lot of bands are too lazy to take this route in this day and age, so it's nice to know that there are some folks out there keeping demos alive. This is another band that I'll be curious to hear more from down the road.
You can pick up a demo for about $6ppd from the band's MySpace page if you like what you hear, so show some support if you're into it!