08 October 2012
by David Keevill
Earache’s recent tendencies to parley with bands of a retrospective focus has now become a major part of their raison d’etre. From the magnificent muddy river blues rock of Rival Sons through to the deft traditional metal leanings of Savage Messiah, this is a label who’ve spearheaded a number of brilliant releases which have firmly had one foot lodged in the past. Amongst all this, Cauldron have carved out a niche for their (self-professed) retro-metal, and have paved their two album route to this point with more than a few nods to Judas Priest, Anvil and Celtic Frost.
And whilst Tomorrow’s Lost, their third full-length release, would seem like the perfect time to step out of the shadows of their metal forefathers, there is really very little suggestion within the music that have any intention of doing so. Even more bafflingly, the production of the record retains a minimalism that, whilst intended to add to the retrospective feel, instead muffles some of the more exciting and aggressive sequences. As such, the kernels of joy to be found in Tomorrow’s Lost feel buried amongst irritations of its own contrivance.
While there are no real offenders amongst any of the tracks, although there’s nothing particularly stand-out either. Most songs, like the inconspicuous opener ‘End of Time’, rattle along at some speed, with the decent riffs accommodating for the shallow feel of Jason Decay’s vocal lines. The more thunderous chugging guitar parts found on the likes of ‘Summoned to Succumb’ pull the album out of complete obscurity, and rag-tag vocal melodies on ‘Burning Fortune’ and ‘Relentless Temptress’ make for entertainingly catchy segues from the repetitive barrage.
Listen to ‘Streetwalker’ – the pre-order bonus track from Tomorrow’s Lost – by Cauldron:
Cauldron’s previous album, Burning Fortune, might have flaunted some desperately cheesy lyrics, but they still captured a sawing and screeching momentum that is sadly missing from this outing. The combination of tepid vocals and adequate but uninspiring songs stem from Cauldron’s seeming belief that a homage to the greats is enough to carry their music into the big league. Unfortunately this complete lack of innovation has done nothing to move ‘Tomorrow’s Lost’ out ahead of Cauldron’s previous releases.
Sounds Like: Anvil, Judas Priest.
Top Tracks: Summoned to Succumb.