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Capricorns - Ruder Forms Survive
Consisting of former and present members of bands like Orange Goblin and Iron Monkey and having your album released on Lee Dorrian's Rise Above label you'd be forgiven if your first immediate reactions are: stoner and doom or a combination of those words. Capricorns are neither but do draw heavy out of both genres musical heritage. 
Being an instrumental trio (with only one track having vocals courtesy of Oxbow-singer Eugene Robinsion) the first thing that springs to my mind is Pelican. Capricorns follow the same musical path of dynamic, pummeling, epic, and riff-heavy songs, the only big difference being that Capricorns do inject some speed and groove in their tunes from time to time.

The main problem with these kind of bands always is getting and keeping the attention of listeners without catchy hooks and vocals/lyrics through mostly lengthy songs. It's truly an art crafting those instrumental journeys, an art which Capricorns luckily have mastered quite well. There is always enough variation present to keep things interesting, and they sure do know how to write some heavy riffs to spice things up a little. The one track that does contains vocals is really an acquired taste. Eugene Robinson does a terrific job of infusing madness with his psycho vocals (think Enik(!) meets AC/DC's Brian Johnson on crack) but I don't think it's everyone's cup of tea. But hey, it's only one track so haters can skip it and still enjoy the rest.
 
The overall atmosphere on the record is one of obscurity. The production is quite raw and almost 70's sounding while at the same time maintaining enough heaviness to make the songs sound powerful enough. It really adds up, and does a terrific job of getting you 'in the mood' so to speak.

The cover art is a bit misleading as it is an illustration of a guy who just blew his brains out with the album title written in blood on the wall. You'd almost think that a goregrind release accidentally got mailed when you really ordered something completely different...

In short, Capricorns deliver a cool (almost) instrumental stoner/doom/core/metal album of great quality, with a cool dark and obscure atmosphere, enough musical variation to keep things going and some quality tunes. Fans of Pelican and related bands should definitely check this one out.
Capricorns - Ruder Forms Survive
80/1001Details Rise Above
Released on Monday Oct 31st, 2005
Metal

Writer @Ce-El-Wan on Monday Nov 21st, 2005

Tags: #Capricorns
Tracklisting 1. 1977: Blood For Papa (3:47)
2. 1969: A Predator Among Us (7:59)
3. The First Broken Promise (5:29)
4. 1440: Exit Wargasmatron (3:55)
5. 1066: Born On The Bayeux (12:39)
6. 1946: The Last Renaissance Man (4:46)
7. 793ad: The Harrying Of The Heathen (9:22)
Line up Bennett – Guitar / One Line Vocal
Williams – Guitar
Turner – Drums
Berry - Bass