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CAULDRON BORN
CAULDRON BORN
Born Of The Cauldron
(Stormspell Records)
55:42min

As CAULDRON BORN's 1997 full length debut "Born Of The Cauldron" (back then on Underground Symphony Records) reached prices of over than $100,- at eBay already, ten years after its original release Epic Metal fans who didn't heed the call back then can finally lay their hands on this underground gem, thanks to Stormspell Records. In my opinion, CAULDRON BORN didn't really fit into the 'Epic' Metal label people used to label the band. Sure, most of the songs (e.g. 'Crusader', 'The Final Incantation / In the Dreaming City') have big epic parts but Howie Bentley (guitar) and Shawn Kascak (bass) used to come up with loads of breathtakingly fast and sophisticated ideas, so there was definitely a strong progressive element as well. Even though CAULDRON BORN didn't sound like MANILLA ROAD at all, I always have to think of the Wichita (KAN)-based lunatics when comparing Atlanta's CAULDRON BORN to other bands. Another highly unique part of this recording are Danny White's insanely high-pitched vocal assault combined with quite an unusual style (especially concerning the phrasing). When I saw the band at the Kalamazoo Classic Metal Festival in 2001, the band already gave hints of what they would sound like on their next CD. Indeed, the follow up '... And Rome Shall Fall' showed a more Power Metal influenced side of Howie Bentley's vision (but still a highly recommendable album). For some reason, the re-release of "Born..." has been remastered (I liked the original sound and it's considered to be the best sound they ever had on an album as the "Rome" - album offered a rather plastic drum sound and the demos don't count). Apart from that, the new version contains a cover of WARLORD's 'Lucifer's Hammer'. As CAULDRON BORN disbanded in 2004, this might be a reason for die hard fans to get the re-release as well. People into US underground Classic Metal who don't own this CD should at least listen to the streams at the Stormspell site and hopefully order "Born Of The Cauldron" the next minute. www.stormspell.com

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