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Go to the Capricorns website  Capricorns - Ruder forms survive [Rise Above - 2005]

In two years of existence, via quite a few high profile shows as openers as well as some seemingly “slaying” shows on their own, Capricorns have made quite a name for themselves in their native Albion. These three men, involved at one point of time in Dukes of Nothing, Iron Monkey or Orange Goblin, were being expected by a lot of people to release a killer album.

God bless, the album is good. It might remind you in some ways of Pelican and actually work as a satisfactory remedy for those who felt let down by the shyness in regards to heaviness that the Chicagoan demonstrated on their last album. Capricorns have a real passion for the riff that slays, the riff that crushes, the riff that pins you against the wall. Do not expect fancy melodies –although some nice harmonies are to be found in quieter moments- and sophisticated post-rock (oh the oxymoron). However, Capricorns are not exactly only about crushing: it’s also a band that grooves, not a common feat in sludgey music. The icing on the cake is clearly the vocalist that appears on one track. Exclusively an instrumental band, Capricorns opened the door of the studio to a man of talent:  Eugene Robinson of Oxbow. His contribution on Broken promise make the band sound really malevolent and sick. An anguished voice belonging to a mad man on the brink of explosion. Makes you wish that Oxbow would release a new album pretty soon…

Ruder forms survive is a bulldozer of an album. Fans of the heavy and the twisted should relish it.

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François Monti
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