You’ve heard of metal’s more tempered cousin, post-metal, but you may not have heard the way CAPA gather its kin.
The Philadelphia act’s musical approach goes by the name, tragic black metal. Rolling post-metal, atmospheric black metal and prog into one thread, CAPA’s latest release called The Droves signals one incredibly stimulating session.
While a wilting guitar chimes within “Sigh of the Oppressed Creature”‘s backdrop, the pattering of drums chips away at screams. The next selection is “Chains and Garlands,” which walks forward into a storm of percussion, and walks out with a hodgepodge of tunes and vocals trailing behind. Even though the finale “Cull the Living Flower,” lets an outpouring of biting sounds take the lead, softer emotions find a way to be conjured.
The Droves drives through roomy post-metal nuances and hands over the boundless possibilities of atmosphere. Instead of saturating the songs with melodious riffs, the album relies on withdrawn guitar-work to complement the compositions; if you seek ample space for interpretation, CAPA give you several opportunities to put your thought patterns in gear.
There’s also plenty of harshness to thrive off of; piercing vocals jump out at you, and the percussion taps into extremer zones. Capturing metal’s feral side, toning down guitars for introspection and having the grace to pull it all together, The Droves carries something for everyone.
Own a copy of The Droves, by downloading it at Bandcamp.