Ross, one of the staff at svbterranean came up with the idea to share 5 of his favorite albums from the 2000s. I decided to follow suit. It took me 5 minutes to come up with my list.
Cave in – Jupiter
First rate songwriting, first rate playing, and first rate execution. These guys were so young when they wrote and recorded this record. If my math is correct the four guys in this band were not yet in their 20’s when they recorded Jupiter. So much has been said about this album but I have to add that a band’s greatness can be measured in part by how much they influence their peers. After Jupiter bands were trying to sound like Cave In and not the other way around. Also, apparently their touring with Neurosis leading up to the creation of this record had a large impact on the stylistic shift that occurred between this and their previous record Until Your Heart Stops. Having seen Neurosis perform just before Christmas, I can see why they were so affected by their music to say the least.
Cave In – Tides of Tomorrow
How does a band follow up one of the best underground guitar rock records of all time? This bridge ep between their independent career on Hydra Head records and major label RCA isn’t as immediately affecting or as engaging as Jupiter but like many classic recordings, time reveals it’s greatness.
Cave In – Antenna
This was my introduction to the band. It’s the most streamlined and accessible record in their discography. If big budget major label rock records are your thing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Antenna. Strumming six strings along to this record changed the way I viewed the instrument forever.
Cave In – Perfect Pitch Black
Between 2003 and 2005 the internet gifted me with 15 or so new Cave In demos which I listened to endlessly. To me this era of the band was capped off perfectly when Decibel magazine ranked this album as #2 for the year in 2005. Also, don’t think that Ben Koller didn’t absolutely crush his drum parts when he toured with the band and recorded the legendary 2 song cassingle .
Swervedriver – Mezcal Head
A long strange trip? The ultimate guitar rock record? An undisputed masterpiece? This album is many, many things. The guitar interplay this band deploys is arguably 2nd to none. Swervedriver’s wall of interweaving, intertwined guitar sounds has become mine and many others modus operandi thanks to Mezcal Head. Also I’m cheating big time with this pick, the reissue came out in 2009. The record was initially released in 1997.
Jesu – Silver
I’m deviating from the rules by including a sixth choice, but this record is just that good. At one time anything Exclaim!#@ championed was gospel to me. Silver was repeatedly fawned over in their pages throughout the year of it’s release so I finally gave in and checked it out. What a trip. Arguably the greatest single entry in the Post Rock/Post Metal/Shoegaze hybrid canon. Another record that forced me to look at my instrument in a totally new way.
Honorable Mentions: Constantines – Shine a Light, These Arms Are Snakes – Easter, Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist, Hellacopters – By the Grace of God