Thursday 26 December 2019

Caustic Casanova - God How I Envy The Deaf (Album Review)

Release date: October18th 2019. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

God How I Envy The Deaf – Tracklisting

1.Fancy English 06:00
2.Filth Castle 05:10
3.If Your Brain is Properly Oiled 04:47
4.Memory King 05:45
5.Donut and the Golden Hen 02:57
6.Taos Lightning 04:33
7.Truth Syrup 05:12
8.Roger B. Taney (Feat. Emily Danger) 05:52
9.Boxed and Crated 10:00


STEFANIE ZAENKER - Drums, Percussion, Vocals


God How I Envy The Deaf is the 3rd from Noise/Sludge/Stoner/Psych Rockers Caustic Casanova and it features all their trademark riffs and dark humour that they’ve made their own within their almost 14 year career. Caustic Casanova have always pushed the boundaries of their music with each record they’ve released ever since their formation back in 2006. Though this album is perhaps their most daring and creative to date but also perhaps being their most accessible to date a well, Making it easy for first time listeners to enjoy the wild ride the band have in store for everyone.

The album is packed full of heavy sounding riffs that stretch the boundaries of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal but with Sludge, Doom, Stoner and Noise Rock being the main strengths the band have made their name with. The Psychedelic grooves hold everything together and allows Caustic Casanova to push their music into different musical directions than ever before.

The songs are packed full of rich inventive ideas where the music moves effortlessly from one genre to the next without losing it’s Psychedelic edge or focus.

Opening song – Fancy English – is a combination of 90s Noise/Grunge Rock sounds with a dark pop sensibility moving further into Heavy Sludge Rock vibes and fantastic vocals from Stefanie and Francis as well. The Alternative Rock/Metal flavour of the song bodes well for the rest of the album but this song also shows the creative lengths the band aim for the majority of the album.

Second song – Filth Castle – offers a more jangled and unsettled Noise Rock approach with a Punk Rock sensibility shining through. The heavy sludgy and stoner sounding guitars is quite experimental places but it shows why Caustic Casanova have never been afraid to take risks with their music. You can hear influences diverse as The Melvins, The B-52’s and Talking Heads on this song. Well I can but I could be looking too much into that. However, this is weird and addictive slice of Hard Rock that shows you the different styles of music the band will play on this record.

Third song – If Your Brain Is Properly Oiled – opens with a troubling Sludge groove before traces of Psychedelic sounds appear for a more threatening and aggressive approach. This is one of the standout songs on the album with aggressive lyrics having a more gloomier effect. There is some wicked dark humour with the lyrics as well but it’s the music that holds your attention.

Fourth song – The Memory King – is another wonderfully sounding epic from the band with a more laid back approach with hazy guitars slowly building upto a powerful and heavy rhythm. The vocals are more withdrawn but it draws you into Caustic Casanova dark world. The music is quite LO-FI in places but still sounding fresh and dramatically heavy when the moment calls for it. The song sees the band draw on their Post-Hardcore roots that build up to a highly dramatic finish.

Caustic Casanova carry on their dark and twisted style of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for the remaining 6 songs left on the album but still offering a few delicious and heavy surprises along the way. The music becomes even weirder on the 2nd half of the album with different strands of Psychedelic Rock, Sludge Metal and Stoner Metal giving way to a more Progressive sound.

Other cool songs to check out are: Donut and The Golden Hen, Taos Lightning, Roger B. Taney and the gloriously insane final song – Boxed And Crated.

God How I Envy The Deaf is a stunning album on all levels with top-notch production showing folks what Caustic Casanova do so brilliantly well. This album proves that Caustic Casanova are a brilliant and original band in their own right. There is no other band like them around at this moment in time and this album is perhaps their best album to date.

Words by Steve Howe