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Cannae - Gold Becomes Sacrifice
01. Rats, Snakes and Thieves MP3
02. Faceless Portrait
03. Indemnity
04. Marked By Monuments
05. Collapse
06. Mechanics of Moving Backwards
07. Audience of The Unspoken
08. Bastinado
09. Acts of False Signals
10. Fear and Panic
2005 Prosthetic Records

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7
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Reviewed by: Michael Gluck   //   Published: 11/7/2005

When Cannae were born again in 2003 with newfound maturity and a sudden passion for mixing melodic Bay Area thrash with the urgency of modern hardcore, I was just as stunned as impressed at the spontaneous slab of metal that was Horror, their Prosthetic Records debut. Relatively void of anticipation-building intros, solos, and awareness of what kind of sound would gain the band acclaim, the Adam Dutkiewicz-produced and sometimes fuzzy Horror made its point in the underground as a comeback album, albeit a by and large generic one. It peculiarly rode the increasingly irrelevant line between metal and hardcore, so a solid promotional campaign must have been tedious to mobilize. Despite entry-level tours with Soilwork, Chimaira, and Bury Your Dead, Cannae failed to gain popularity as they had perhaps hoped to, and for whichever reason(s), drummer Michael Boutillette left the band soonafter the album's release, followed by bassist Daniel Campanella and guitarist Jason Zucco later on.

Armed with a rejuvenated lineup and fine-tuned sound, Cannae are now armed with their sturdiest battering ram yet to gain the attention of new, insatiable, young metal crowds: Gold Becomes Sacrifice. It is the album that addresses all of the aforementioned elements missing from Horror. The Pantera-like intro of album opener "Rats, Snakes and Thieves," the Metallica-like intros of "Marked By Moments" and "Bastinado," the Death-like intro of "Fear and Panic," and the more low-key intro of "Audience of The Unspoken" are all indications of Cannae's higher degree of confidence this time around, as they choose to veil certain songs' brutality initially rather than give it away immediately, as was consistently the case on Horror. They have also begun to incorporate blast beats in certain passages, as those in "Acts of False Signals" show. Halved-Maiden riffs trade passages with dark thrash riffs in well-synthesized fashion, ending frequently in a maelstrom of E-chord chugging, as "Faceless Portrait" demonstrates, among most others. On tracks like "Indemnity," Cannae sound more like Diecast ala-Day of Reckoning than modern-day Diecast do, which are some of the areas in which they can still make efforts to improve upon that basic, crunchy formula.

Just a few years ago, public opinion regarding solos seemed to damn bands if they included them; the Lambgoat peanut gallery in particular comes to mind as having behaved this way. But in 2005, bands are damned if they don't, which was surely a contributing factor to Cannae scrambling at the last minute to detail Gold Becomes Sacrifice with traditional and quite memorable solos courtesy of Cannae's new lead guitarist Alex Vieira (Capharnaum), white-hot metal producer Jason Suecof, and melodic death innovator/cancer survivor James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary, Master). Vieira's solo on "Rats, Snakes and Thieves" progresses much as a Kirk Hammet solo would, so hopefully he is still around to contribute more consistently when Cannae records their next album. That would be Cannae's first true metal album, although Gold Becomes Sacrifice is still effective and easily the biggest step the band has ever taken to increase their profile on the global scale.

Bottom Line: The addition of Alex Vieira, whose flashy, professional-grade soloing ability elevates Cannae from just another Boston metalcore band to potential competitors in the mad dash to hop on the modern metal gravy train, is just one indication of the fine-tuning Cannae underwent since Horror. Vocalist Adam DuLong's extended screams and growls sound similar to those of pioneer Mike Score of the soon-to-reunite (for the Hatebreed 10th Year Anniversary show) All Out War, making the vocals on Gold Becomes Sacrifice loud and effective. As Prosthetic Records seeks to gain status in all of the burgeoning sub-genres of heavy music, Cannae is positioned nicely to be for them what God Forbid is to Century Media. How quickly this happens is up to hard work and fate.

Comments
strongerthanall_   posted 11/24/2005 6:16:28 PM
greatness
RobG_   posted 11/20/2005 10:20:22 AM
GREAT album! One of the best albums of this year so far! Many thanks to the guys from cannae!
metalmetalmetal_   posted 11/19/2005 2:53:25 AM
Just so everyone knows, this has no hardcore sound to it at all...stop calling it metalcore. It sounds like what The Haunted SHOULD be playing. The record effing smokes, but we need more solos!

"The addition of Alex Vieira, whose flashy, professional-grade soloing ability elevates Cannae from just another Boston metalcore band to potential competitors in the mad dash to hop on the modern metal gravy train, is just one indication of the fine-tuning Cannae underwent since Horror."
- Agreed, ri
_   posted 11/16/2005 1:30:29 AM
I listened to this. It sucked.
drewcifer_   posted 11/9/2005 7:40:15 PM
does it really sound like bay area thrash with hardcore?

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