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Cauldron
Burning Fortune

Company: Earache Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: EC

  • These Canadians are brilliant, heavy, talented and write catchy songs



  • Cauldron are burning hot with this sophomore effort "Burning Fortune". Many readers will remember my fondness of these Canadians last year with their debut "Chained to the Nite" and my ranting and raving of their importance in today's stalling retro scene. I love these guys and their hard work and dedicated effort to spawn glorious pure-blooded metal licks to the masses. We can throw retro or reimagined verbiage all over "Burning Fortune" but at the end of the day this is timeless heavy metal, free-spirited and sure fire brilliant in its endeavor.

    This is more in the vein of Scorpions and Warlord, that vibrant 80s metal magic that feels so damn good yet still sensible enough to stray a new course and develop their own identity. Production-wise this is hi-fi and fuzzy with arena drumming and some serious treble on the chords. The opening riffs of "All Or Nothing" reminds me of Warlord's "Child Of The Damned" while other cuts nail George Lynch and the Schenkers. I can't stop with "Miss You To Death" and its damn near perfect fit for Scorpion's "Blackout". The vocals are even pitched and fit the blue collar work ethic of the 70s and 80s but wouldn't be out of place in 2011's Euro scene. What a perfect tribute to Cauldron's 80s counterpart with an ode to Detroit's Halloween on cover "I Confess".

    Another solid effort and the perfect solution to the sophomore curse--make a second great album. These Canadians are brilliant, heavy, talented and write catchy songs that do just enough to pound the metal boards. Classy.


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    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CAULDRON
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    REVIEWER DATE
    Burning FortuneCauldron
    2011
    Eric Compton5/13/2011
    Chained To The NiteCauldron
    2010
    Eric Compton4/2/2010
    Chained To The NiteCauldron
    2009
    Vinaya Saksena8/28/2009
    In RuinCauldron
    2016
    Eric Compton5/31/2016
    Tomorrow's LostCauldron
    2012
    Eric Compton1/1/2014


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