In 2016, Jeremey Cavan was working on writing three albums for three bands when he first heard of the first insular notes of the band that would change his life. Deafheaven had become known as a band that would break down barriers in the black metal genre. But Cavan was out to initiate more change into the genre. Instead of imbuing the music category with excessive screams that in his words “causes the scream to lose all its impact and tends to destroy all other perceivable emotions other than anger,” Cavan concocted a way to add melodic vocals to the layering’s of black metal-hardcore and punk-laden soundscapes. Cavan was jobless, newly divorced, living on his brother’s couch, and in the midst of a long term hiatus from his project (U), when the realization of his new project became known. The Long Dark Road was created out of resilient innovation.
Comprised of members, Jeremy Cavan (guitars, vocals), Rufus Cavan (bass), Toby Cavan (drums), and Vanin Feral (guitar), The Long Dark Road’s new Self-Titled EP is an elaborate study into the darkness and melancholy that may surround a human being’s aura. A rare look into a set of emotionally charged and dynamic tracks, The Long Dark Road’s Self-Titled EP sheds light on a bit of shoegaze interspersed with a bit of hardcore rock, punk, and black metal.
The first track to the EP is “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a lengthy 9-minute song filled with grainy details and a distorting factor from the sounds of feedback coming from the microphone. Bleached with fervor, this rigorous track is heavy with a rock-based format but packed with grooves of catchy harmonies and seething with rhythmically charged and melodic chords. Abundant with metal and punk sounds, this emotionally charged song resonates with psychedelic guitar riffs and heavy rock ‘n’ roll cadence.
The next track is “I Will Follow” a dramatic and demanding song that has Cavan screaming adamantly into the microphone with substantial range. The black metal riff of pure, raw energy and speedy drums delivers in a dramatic soundscape. The song oscillates between the prowess of Cavan’s powerful vocals and the pulsing cadence coming from the bassline.
On the following track, “The State of our Union” is an explosive, radioactive pacing song that syncs between wavering breaks and anger-driven screams. It resonates in loud, expressive episodes of fast pacing drums and resonating guitar riffs.
The last track is the title-track to the EP. It is an intense, energetic track filled with discord and as if something is awry as Cavan hums along to the harmonies. The ill-contained song, brimming with rage undulates with spiraling guitars and beats. This is a melodic driven track as the discordance within the music spirals from aggressive textures to melodic overtures all within a matter of mere seconds. Emotionally drenched, this is an innovative track that is overflowing with anger with the added mixture of sorrow and melancholy.
The Long Dark Road’s latest offerings is an introspective masterpiece that gleans into the thought processes of some hardcore rockers laying down some tunes to melodic vocals and interlacing heavy rocking guitars with reckless abandon as they ensue to enlighten you with some pure, raw psychedelic rhythmic black metal influenced punk. A range of emotionally charged tracks, The Long Dark Road’s Self-Titled is a myriad of closely introspective inspections of being alive in today’s modern society. Immerse yourself in this EP, an unwavering cursor of structured music constructed to liberate those who have long been burdened by the same old familiar trappings of pop music. 7.8/10
The EP will be out Apr. 8th.