CAVE OF SWIMMERS – Reflection
A duo from Venezuela transplant themselves in Miami, Florida and develop an interesting progressive hard rock meets doom metal cocktail – that’s a brief synopsis of what to expect when taking in Cave of Swimmers on their second album "Reflection". G.E. Perez handles vocals, guitars, 6 and 4 string bass, plus synth while Toro is the drummer, percussionist and background vocalist. Everything from Opeth and Candlemass to Manilla Road and System of a Down comes to mind on this 5 song, 40 minute record. G.E. has an eerie, clean delivery that is semi-operatic, but works well in the framework for Cave of Swimmers eclectic sound.
There’s a distinct swing groove that permeates this material- often infusing a lot of old school rock ‘n’ roll and Latin percussion roots that make the 10 minute opener "The Prince and the Power of Air" plus quicker hitting "Still Running" very peppy and easy to cement themselves in the cerebral cortex. When you are able to inject a lot of your cultural heritage comfortably in the context of your ideas, it makes the songwriting original and intense- keeping you proverbially on the edge of your seat each and every listening session. "Reflection" as the title cut has more of a laid-back guitar harmony quality, G.E. choosing to layer things in more of a subtle manner while the main riffs become slightly progressive. It’s an outstanding primer in how to write a 5 minute instrumental.
Imagine a duo of musicians painting their canvas with the widest array of colors and shapes at their disposal, and that’s why you’ll take in sonically for "Reflection". Two albums in and one hopes a smart label will step in and elevate their name even more… as this is the stuff of legendary acts my friends.