Overall Score: 8/10 Originality: 9/10 Riffs: 8/10 Repeat Listen Value: 8/10 Pros: Fresh sound | Vocals | Aggression Cons: Needs many listens to be fully appreciated
Having been together a relatively short time, Yorkshire outfit Cavorts are about to emerge fully into the big wide world of the UK rock and metal scene with their début full length album Got Your Brass. Having teamed up with In At The Deep End Records, who are renown for having put out some of the early records of some of the UK’s rising stars (Feed The Rhino, The Defiled, Architects to name but three), are Cavorts going to become IATDE’s latest success story?
It wouldn’t surprise us if they were. From the beginning Got Your Brass grabs the listeners attention with the album-opening title track, which offers early Mastodon / Baroness style vocals and riffwork mixed with the aggression of Motorhead in their prime. There’s no let up as songs such as Wait On and the excellent Pig Of Ballast (with it’s wonderful chuggy bass intro) have ferocity coursing through them, but there are fine moments of melody to behold as well.
Moving through the album, Kicks and Strikes is likely to appeal to fans of Architects and the heavier side of the British metalcore scene with another impressive harsh vocal turn from singer Ryan Senior while Save Some Things is bordering on thrash with it’s electric start and rapid tempo, not to mention a memorable solo, all the while packing the force of a wrecking ball (without a single instance of Miley Cyrus in sight). The closing By The Tide contains the final assault on the senses and Cavorts have definitely not run out of steam by the end of the album, with the quality being maintained throughout.
Throughout Got Your Brass there is a proper punk vibe to the album that is definitely more Sex Pistols and The Exploited than New Found Glory all the while swirled in amongst a barrage of memorable riffs, forceful vocals and a highly competent rhythm section. In short, Cavorts have managed to do something that is increasingly difficult in an era of musical saturation, they’ve created something that sounds fresh and original, for which they must be highly commended. Check out Got Your Brass for one of the freshest and most inventive sounding albums of 2014 thus far.
Cavorts’ Got Your Brass is out now on In At The Deep End Records.