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Cardinale - 31:13 (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2006
Catalog number: AR 13
Austin, Texas’ Cardinale take a ballsy step out of the gate with their debut, 31:13. After all, it’s not everyday when a new band (they formed in early 2005) has the audacity to make you judge them on one 31 minute, 13 second song. But hey, they pull it off. This isn’t one long rock jam; rather, Cardinale is of the Isis and Neurosis school of sonic bludgeoning. While the style of those two groups is noticeable, this four-piece steps ahead of the like-minded groups that have seemingly sprouted up overnight by keeping this influence more conceptual than direct. For instance, there’s also a good bit of sludgey grind, a la Deadbird or Kylesa, to counterbalance the more melodic sections. And “31:13” has plenty of peaks and valleys as it evolves. They don’t settle into one groove for too long, and the passages never really wear out their welcome. Nor does the song as a whole. Cardinale took a risk with 31:13 and it paid off. For that, this one’s recommended.