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Don Caballero


Post Rock/Math rock

3.63 | 30 ratings

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4 stars Muscular and bottom-heavy first album from the Pittsburgh mathies with drummer Damon Che firmly in command, a debut that brims with confidence and power. The guitars of Mike Banfield and Ian Williams provide intelligent and bold chord progressions that run between crushing metal and atonal inventions, Pat Morris' bass rounding off a range of calculated demolitions and carefully planned chaos. The Dons challenge, of that there is no doubt, not only in structure but texture and sonic limitations. But this debut is perhaps more listenable than their later releases and for that reason is an excellent intro for the virgin Don Cab fan, or those curious about this fascinating and forward-thinking style of progressive rock. The band tips its metallic hand as in 'New Laws' and angled munch-fest 'Rocco', Che absolutely shining, a drummer like no other currently in music-- a power to be respected and who leaves a mark on modern rock not unlike John Bonham did. 'Subdued Confections' shows the beginnings of their trademark sound and the voracious 'Our Caballero' devours us with beautiful chunks of machinery. 'Bears See Things Pretty Much the Way They Are' reminds of Metallica's complexities but with more of a taste for the abstract and implied, quick sketches that suggest and portray rather than blurt out their secret desires, a love of imperfect lines where flaws are relished and accidents strangely at home. One of the most important bands of the modern era, and For Respect is a great starter.

Atavachron | 4/5 |


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