Cave In at the Grey Eagle in Asheville

Longtime metal/hardcore/space rock band Cave In came through the Grey Eagle last night and played an awesome set centering on songs from their excellent new album Heavy Pendulum.

The first band was Johnson City’s Haal, who did a great job for a local(ish) opener. Their sound fit right in with Cave In’s Jupiter era, with maybe a bit of Hum mixed in. Very cool, wouldn’t mind them on more shows.

The next band Author and Punisher is very unique. They’ve created their own instruments played during their set using controllers. This is way more interesting than if the music had been played on a laptop and they pretending to twist some knobs the whole time. It certainty appeared they were controlling the sound live. I can’t explain what the machine is or how it works but it was cool. They did cover Glory Box though, and you just can’t improve on the original Portishead version of that, sorry.

Cave In was last. They sounded great. Kudos to whoever ran the sound. After so many outdoor shows seeing bands where the sound can be controlled better was great. I really like Cave In’s new album and they played many highlights from it including it’s lengthy closer Wavering Angel. Frontman Steven Brodsky had fun with the crowd and joked around with Cave In/Converge bassist Nate Newton. A crowd member yelled a request and Steven noticed his Converge shirt and said “You may know Jane Doe but we wrote Big Riff” before starting that (awesome) song.

This was a very good show and if you ever get the chance to see Cave In you should not miss it.

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