CAEDERE - The Lost Conveyance

Caedere - The Lost Conveyance

9 songs
43:57 minutes
***** ***


In some ways Caedere are to the Netherlands what Desdemonia are to Luxembourg. The death metal quintet has been around since the late Nineties, although the debut album only came out in 2003. And while it took them six years for the follow-up, the third album "only" took five years. The long intervals between albums and the adherence to the death metal genre might be the only parallels between both bands, as the Dutch guysí take on extreme metal is actually more extreme.

The first two albums of Caedere, both of which we managed to review, left a really good impression with their ultrafast, chaotic/complex death metal, and while The Lost Conveyance can be seen as a logical successor, it also feels much more varied. Apart from the short interlude Conveyance Lost at the end of the record, the songs are all running between four and eight minutes. It would have been futile to fill those generally longer tracks with uninterrupted blast beats. Instead Caedere decided this time to switch between their trademark fast and technically demanding death metal and a more sluggish doom death crawl. There doesnít seem to be much left in between, but thatís not a problem as the ultra-tight production makes sure that the slower parts unravel their punching brutality and that the faster attacks will leave no ears unharmed alike.

The opener Corruption for instance starts in a very doom fashion, and whereas the first half feels a little like an intro, the second half harkens back to the bandís chaotic death past. The albumís highlight is the tight and ultra-brutal Union Of Substitutes, a six minute epic without a single second of boredom. The nearly eight minute long Uncivilized Order shows how much Caedere have evolved over the years.

Caedere play death metal, nothing more, nothing less. They are not among the new wave of brutal death metal bands that currently have a second Spring, and even though they are quite complex and/or progressive at times, they never bow down to the arrogance of the geeky math rock / djent movement. The impeccable production doesnít harm either, of course, so that The Lost Conveyance is an incredibly timeless death metal album that will still appeal long after more modern material has long since lost its charme.

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