RABIES CASTE


"Rabies Caste" (Dada Drumming; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

 

Descending into the murky underbelly of metal, Israel's finest sludgecore unit Rabie Caste bid us a fond farewell with this seven-track disc. 

Concisely tying up all loose ends, this eponymous sendoff contains hard to find and live maelstroms of malevolence this band was accustomed to rendering on the masses on a steady basis. 

Painfully slow, massively crushing, and sonically bruising, if you can't get enough Eyehategod or Crowbar, turn to this disc for some hypnotically-induced and mind-numbingly droning sludgy solace. 

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"Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein" (Earache Records)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs

 

The trio of Rabies Caste originated from Russia. They left in 1990 and moved to Jerusalem.  In 1995 Dale and David formed their first hardcore band that would eventually mutate into the present Rabies Caste.

Nurtured in the land of Jerusalem, the Hebrew-speaking trio were still ostracized from their peers for being Russian migrates. They also had to duck the Jerusalem army draft.  After being tempted musically through seeing The Melvins on Beavis and Butthead (R.I.P.), Rabies Caste set out on their musical journey that has culminated with an Earache Records debut with the release of "Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein."

The album thoroughly crushes with brutality similar of Neurosis. Vocally, effects come on strong which I will admit taints my interest. The drums flair and the guitars mortify modern day, wussy, so-called metal.  

Tracks represent the dimensions musically if not vocally with the contrasting rhythms found between tracks such as opener "Got It From Blake" and "The Bleeding Mermaid."  Final track "Andrea" works as an eclectic piece with a three minute silence that concludes with some trifling guitar moments.

As expected, Rabies Caste brings on the onslaught with "Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein."  And I would expect nothing less from a talent with the backing of Earache Records.

Rabies Caste is: Dale Rabid (drums), David K. (guitars and vocals), and Russell Bear (bass). 


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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