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Don Caballero


Post Rock/Math rock

3.94 | 104 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

Well, I'm not sure DC took their public for imbeciles, but they might have spared their math rock fandom the condescending album title 2 for their second album. Given especially their obvious denunciation of industrial pollution in their artwork, they might have pulled a more evocative name for it. So Damian Ché's group is out for another stomping and trampling of our brain cells, and the bunch do not mince their musical propositions for no one, including this writer.

Of course coming from a steel city such as Pittsburgh, you are likely to have a rather industrial ambiance (but I wouldn't call them Indus-rock either) in your music, and a wild aggressive soundscapes that needs to be played at monstrous levels to actually give out what it attempts. There is definitely an obtuse side to their kind of music (let's face it, you have zero chance to get laid while playing this album ;-) and one cannot help but feeling that they go out of their way to be as grating and irritating as possible (those metallic sawing sounds and tool banging percussions in the dronal end of the second track). Should we call this Rock By Affirmation, just because of its raw attitudes?

Hardcore? Yes, in some ways they definitely are hardcore (and obtuse, but in a positive way), but in a refined way where Red-era Crimson influences are obvious and incredibly fasts math-laced rhythms, and their nihilist attitudes. Caballero's rock can remind of a metallic post rock at higher speed (approximating Agalloch's latest album) and in some ways, these guys excel in extracting the substance out of something so minimal that it almost equate to naught. So industrialo-nihilisto-experimentalo-minimalismo-postorocko- mettallic-dronal-grindcore prog? Ya betcha!!!

Without hesitation, their second album is Caballero's apex and further releases only pale in comparison as copies of this one. Stunning piece of music, nearing industrial chaos. But limited opportunities for extended spinning time if you are a social animal.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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