CAVE IN: Final Transmission: CD/LP

Final Transmission is a difficult album to listen to and not because it’s a bad album. In fact, it’s quite good. Granted, the 2019 version of Cave In is much different than the 1999 version I grew up listening to. Long gone are the teenage metal days. Their transition to rock was solidified with their album Jupiter. What makes these nine songs so difficult to listen to is that they are the last that bassist Caleb Scofield played on before his untimely death in a car accident in 2018. This album was originally meant to be demos and Scofield played on these tracks before his passing. Afterward, the band decided to complete the album as it stood, and it comes out sounding great, thanks to some fine mastering work. Some of the riffs are meaty, such as on “Winter Widow” and “Lanterna.” There are a few more laid back tunes including the title track, which is Scofield playing acoustic guitar and singing, “doo doo doo doo.” It’s gentle but also melancholy due to who is singing it and the sound. Final Transmission may or may not be the last Cave In album, but if it is, it’s a solid commemoration to a band that has existed for over twenty years and included friendship, death, and life. –Kurt Morris (hydrahead.com)