9 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sadness that shades Final Transmission, the sixth album from Massachusetts post-hardcore combo Cave In. Recorded in the aftermath of longtime bassist Caleb Scofield’s death in a 2018 car crash, the band’s first studio LP in eight years is both haunted by his absence and touched by his presence: Scofield appears on each song, most affectingly on the title track, a polished demo he sent to his bandmates shortly before his passing. The other eight tracks are no less powerful or moving. The intense downward tug of “All Illusion,” the spiraling guitars on “Winter Window,” the heavy prog of “Strange Reflection”—each track revisits the peaks of the band’s creative journey while still sounding fresh and new, like a life flashing before one’s ears. When Stephen Brodsky implores, “No one leave/No one leave to say goodbye” in the stirring “Shake My Blood,” it’s as much a command to come together as a plea against drifting apart. Should this indeed be Cave In’s swan song as its members gravitate back to their other projects, Final Transmission will stand as a more-than-fitting celebration of a band well lived.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sadness that shades Final Transmission, the sixth album from Massachusetts post-hardcore combo Cave In. Recorded in the aftermath of longtime bassist Caleb Scofield’s death in a 2018 car crash, the band’s first studio LP in eight years is both haunted by his absence and touched by his presence: Scofield appears on each song, most affectingly on the title track, a polished demo he sent to his bandmates shortly before his passing. The other eight tracks are no less powerful or moving. The intense downward tug of “All Illusion,” the spiraling guitars on “Winter Window,” the heavy prog of “Strange Reflection”—each track revisits the peaks of the band’s creative journey while still sounding fresh and new, like a life flashing before one’s ears. When Stephen Brodsky implores, “No one leave/No one leave to say goodbye” in the stirring “Shake My Blood,” it’s as much a command to come together as a plea against drifting apart. Should this indeed be Cave In’s swan song as its members gravitate back to their other projects, Final Transmission will stand as a more-than-fitting celebration of a band well lived.

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Ratings and Reviews

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8 Ratings

Decapod40 ,

As above, So below

If “All Illusion” is any indication of the direction they took on this album, it’s going to be in heavy rotation when it comes out. I’ve had a sort of esoteric romance with Cave In the moment I heard Jupiter and Antenna. Then Perfect Pitch Black came out and hit me hard at the right moment which lead to a year long playlist of everything from said three albums. I’m sure Caleb is firmly tethered to the c(h)ord that keeps the doorway open between planes. Going to definitely be bittersweet hearing his last contributions to life and his music. But just as everything in life ebbs and flows, we sway with change and love.

McGlerkin ,

A final masterpiece

Been following Cave In since they were playing basement shows in Philly. Their sound has evolved and grown over the years, and they’ve always made great music. This album is right up there with their very best work. It’s an album you can listen to again and again. No other band sounds like Cave In, and this album encompasses many of the different aspects of that sound. Caleb’s passing is tragic, but I hope they honor his memory by continuing to put out some of the best rock music of any band today. Thanks for the great tunes, fellas.

Scallions! ,

The Unintentional Tribute

Cave In is a truly unique band. Always has been. Their individual musical personalities are pouring out and blending at all times in their music. They have shifted their shape on every release, and made it interesting to listen to every time.
This is a return to Jupiter-era form at times, while still finely displaying how much these guys have progressed in Cave In and all their individual and collective projects over the years. This album touches my heart. Caleb Scofield will be forever missed. I have so much love for the way all the bands in their circle pulled together like a family to keep his legacy alive. I'm so glad to have Cave In back. I look forward to the future.

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