Sometimes keeping it simple works, sometimes you don't need all the bells and whistles added to make an album different. What Cauldron offer up with this album is just that. They know their sound, they know their fans and they're hitting both hard without adding extras. This is the Canadian trio's second album release, but they have the familiar sound of a band who have been doing this for decades.
They keep the formula simple, the way it used to be, before metal got complicated and broken down into so many sub-genre's there's barely a day goes by before a new one pops up! I digress, as I was saying Cauldron keep things simple, but it's still really good. You're going to listen to this album and get kick-backs from early Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Judas Priest, to name but a few! Even the album cover looks like it's straight out of 1982!
The best part of this album is that this is one which has been produced to ensure that the listener can hear all the elements making up each song. You can clearly hear the guitar, drums, bass, and vocals throughout each song. The killer song on the album is Frozen In Fire, with a superb mix of drums and bass to keep your neck supple and a melody and lyrics that have the potential to reach anthemic proportions. Other songs which stand out are I Confess which totally transports me back to the 1980's as well as having superb lyrics. Finally, another winner is Breaking Through, the penultimate song which is very bass heavy and full of vitality!
The only thing that is a little weak on the album are the vocals which are not as strong as I would like. Vocalist, Jason Decay, lacks the spark of power in his voice all good metal singers have. Don't get me wrong, he has a good voice, a very good voice in fact, but it's not a strong voice. It doesn't kick through with the power that, say, Bruce Dickinson's does.
If you are a traditional metal fan, if you don't mind hearing something that sounds a bit 'done' as long as it's good, then pick this album up then play it everywhere!
Cauldron's, Burning Fortune, is released 14th February 2011 on Earache/Riot