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The Caktus Review

by Progprince

With the hordes of metalheads who follow the New Caledonian metal scene(*sarcasm*), you should already know by now that The Caktus is the next big thing since sliced bread over there.

Haha, actually, they are the only other metal band from New Caledonia on the famed Encyclopedium Metallum and I found out about them via myspace.com. What we have here is a nice three-song demo featuring plenty of trippy, doomy riffage giving homage to the NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) metal scene. Yes, it's amazing in our global society that bands from so far away feel right at home with what our fine country has to offer.

The first thing you'll probably notice about this demo is that it is indeed absent of vocals, as the band are currently seeking a vocalist. I say forget about the singer because I like the headgame this puts you in while listening. You can truly make up your own lyrics and stories behind these songs instead of being fed a pre-made template. It really just lets you go. Please guys, pull a Liquid Tension Experiment and be one of the few, if only, stoner/doom bands without vocals.

Secondly, the flow of these songs is great. They all seem to transition from one part to another with aplomb, never going overkill with the down-tuned, discordant soloing and general experimentation.

The guitars will buzz your ears off, the bass is audible, and you can also hear a lot of timpani work with the drums.

What can I say? This is by no means a classic of the genre(it's only a demo for deity's sake!), but it's a promising start for a band who could do even greater things in the future.

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