(This is TheMadIsraeli’s review of the second full-length by the New Zealand project Caved, released on January 3rd.)
2020 is already off to an interesting start. Anyone who has followed me since I started writing for NCS back in 2011 will probably hear this album after reading the review and be instantly like, “yeah this is TheMadIsraeli’s taste in metal”.
Caved is a New Zealand one man progressive technical death metal/thrash outfit that is VERY directly comparable to Martyr. The vocal approach is even very similar, so if you’ve missed that frantic hyper-technical manic style of death metal with thrash vocals and attitude that Martyr brought to the table, Caved is the first time when I can say you can finally stop listening to “Feeding The Abscess” and hear something new in that vein. The Petrifying Vacuum is the sophomore album of Caved and my first exposure to the project.