Sunday 17 July 2022

Caustic Casanova - Lodestar (Single Review)

Release Date: July 2022. Record Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Lodestar - Tracklisting




STEFANIE ZAENKER - Drums, Percussion, Vocals




Sludge/Stoner Metal Experimentalists Caustic Casanova will return with their 5th album Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on October 7th 2022 and the band have just released their first single - Lodestar.

The track is quintessential Caustic Casanova with its freaky use of Psychedelic Beats, Sludge Grooves and Stoner Metal menace. Perhaps moving away from the Prog Riffs heard on the last album and embracing a more straight up Hard Rock philosophy. The guitars are razor sharp with the band moving between Spaced Out Interludes that merge into areas of Grunge and upbeat Gloomy madness.

The vocals from Stefanie and Francis have a wonderful interplay between them before joining up for some striking singalong vocal passages. The music moves between KYLESA fast paced sounds before adding that eerie Prog Rock weirdness that the band are well known for. 

Caustic Casanova brings a more distorted feeling and flow to the song that gives the track a heavier presence that could be classed as Drone Rock/Metal in places. 

Lodestar is a wonderful track and shows Caustic Casanova doing what they do best and that is being one of the most inventive and original bands within the underground scene. On this evidence, their new album might be their heaviest and strongest work to date. Roll on October 7th.

Words by Steve Howe

Glass Enclosed Nerve Center will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Magnetic Eye Records from July 22nd 2022.


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