"River, Bear Your Bones" (Rise Above; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


UK instrumental metal menaces Capricorns inject an undercurrent of visceral volatility into their latest sludgy sojourn, "River, Bear Your Bones."

Setting off a dastardly stoner rock feel that trades genre-typical flashes of excess for barrages of skull-pounding passages that could easily be mistaken for pit-stomping hardcore if not for the spacey interludes in between, this eight-track affair contorts without compromise, showcasing its metallic malleability with every doom-laden riff ("5") and dramatic shape-shifted rhythm hammered out ("1", "3").

Boasting former members of Iron Monkey and Orange Goblin in its ranks explains and bolsters the sheer heaviness this squad exudes while intertwining the wares of usual suspects such as Pelican, Isis, Neurosis, Baroness, and Mastodon, an arduous task that Capricorns takes on with a triumphant arsenal of prolific yet pounding avant-garde atmospheric metal chops.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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