I guess I do not understand the theme behind titling the songs in the way they do on â€œRuder Forms Surviveâ€. Each of the seven tracks has a date and then a title; I understand some of the datesâ€™ significances, but am not sure about all of them (1946 instead of 1945)? However, the tracks all have a lot to do with each other, and these ties are made even more noticeable with the fact that Capricornsâ€™ compositions are largely instrumental on â€œRuder Forms Surviveâ€.
The very interesting thing about â€œRuder Forms Surviveâ€ is the fact that the compositions all flow into each other so well that the discâ€™s nearly fifty minute runtime feels as if it is half of that. The disc should really just be one solid composition, as dividing the tracks into different movements does not necessarily seem fitting. In the middle of â€œ1969: A Predator Among Usâ€, Capricorns change up the style of music that they play from something m ore heavy to something more plodding and slow. When the vocals kick into high gear for â€œThe First Broken Promiseâ€, it is not in the typical sense. The vocals are much more in the instrumental format of things than anything. The fury in which the band creates â€œThe First Broken Promiseâ€ is at a level that is not reached anywhere else on â€œRuder Forms Surviveâ€.
This track is also the nearest thing that Capricorns get to creating a song that could have a second life on a rock or metal radio station. â€œ1066: Born On The Bayeuxâ€ is the perfect example of a full composition by Capricorns. The song starts out slow and plodding, but throughout the trackâ€™s twelve-minute runtime, the band is able to explore all facets of this track. Capricorns are one of the few bands out on the market today that are able to succeed in a nearly-instrumental format. There are enough in the way of death metal bands that try to go to the well much too often and the results are of very poor quality. The band has came out of pretty much nowhere, and comes to the table with â€œRuder Forms Surviveâ€. Hereâ€™s to hoping that they continue to innovate the style of metal that they first commit to disc with â€œ1977: Blood For Papaâ€. There is little more that Capricorns can do to make further discs any more solid; keep on doing what you do best, band.
Top Track: 1977: Blood For Papa
Capricorns â€“ Ruder Forms Survive / 2006 Candlelight / 7 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/capricornsoflondon / http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com / Reviewed 21 July 2006