(8/10) It was few years ago when a mail reached my mailbox, talking about a band with a very unusual name - Shit The Cow. That such a name creates attention is no-brainer but do these guys have more in the offer than a crazy name? They do.
Before we go deeper into the new longplayer we need to stand still for a few more seconds with the band's name. The origin of this moniker is based on one of the first songs the band wrote. It was a track about a character that was half man and half cow, called 'Shit' by everyone. And since it was such an absurd story and such an unconventional name, the guys decided to use it for their band. Shit The Cow was born.
After having released some EP's, of which "Rissna" is still the best one, it's "Cavelord" that acts as the debut album of the guys from Mid-Sweden. I was curiously looking forward to this album and after having given the album some loops I must say that it easily lives up to expectations.
"Cavelord" comprises nine new songs, all with a kick-ass attitude. What I like with this longplayer is the liveliness that comes with it. "Cavelord" is build on passion for music that's authentic and real. Shit The Cow isn't about music that's written for commercial success or a wide fanbase. These four guys follow their dedication for heavy rocking music in their own niche of rock, stoner, garage and alternative.
The band describes the album as being" heavier, noisier and more melodic at the same time", a statement I can agree with a 100%.
The starting point is called "Resolve / Resist", a song that reminds during the first seconds of Metallica. After such a start it's a roaring bass that pushes this noisy tune to its limits. "Twist and Shout" follows, representing the stoner aspect of Shit The Cow's sound. The fact that the vocals are shared, with Alexandra Lindqvist supporting the guys, gives the number some new nuances before the title songs unveils the band's furious side. Talking about furious songs means also to mention "You Bought a Knife". This is the hardest tune I've heard of the band up-to-date. A hardcore vibe characterises this merciless number which is almost a counterpart to the calmer "Shelter" which is the final track on the album. Acoustic guitars kick off the tune before some noise outbursts break the silence. The two things that are fascinating with the closer are the simple but effective groove of "Shelter" and the saxophone part which adds another dimension to Shit The Cow's sound.
"Cavelord" became an excellent full-length debut. Shit The Cow is a damn cool rock outfit from Sweden. These guys celebrate rock music which each tone played. "Cavelord" feels like an album they did for themselves and if there are more people out there, appreciating the effort it's more an extra win than the original aim. Cool stuff.
- Resolve / Resist
- Twist and Shout
- Burning Man
- The Gathering
- Changing of the Gods
- You Bought a Knife
- Gamma Sunrise
Genre: Stoner / Alternative Rock
Release Date EU: December 7th, 2017