Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost


Artist Name: Cauldron
Title Name: Tomorrow’s Lost
Label: Earache
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

Over the past ten years, there’s been a noticeable ‘80s revival affecting culture in general. From movie re-makes to tribute bands, even youngsters born in the ‘90s now celebrate that remarkable decade. Metal knowingly had a huge breakthrough in the ‘80s, and is now honoured with revival of its movements such as thrash, glam, crossover and – why not – traditional British metal.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Cauldron is a relatively new band formed out of the remains of Goat Horn, and centres their revival in one of the most important movements in the history of music: New Wave of British Heavy Metal, or NWOBHM. Is that an overstatement? Not at all! This movement brought to the world giants such as Iron Maiden, Venom and Motörhead, inspired thrash and other ‘80s movements, and had literally hundreds of bands, some very underrated. Tokyo Blade and Satan are two examples of such injustice, and I’d say a great source of inspiration for these Canadian bangers.

They now reach their third full length after a promising debut EP, and show to the world something many may have overlooked: a melodic, catchy, vibrant, speedy brand of metal that would rub shoulders with any of those past legends.

Tomorrow’s Lost starts of with a brilliant gem called “End of Time”, filled with hooks and memorable riffs. “Born to Struggle” follows and takes your mind to even higher places. “Nightbreaker” and “Summoned to Succumb” slow it down a bit, while towards the end, “Endless Ways” and “Relentless Temptress” are again what metal is all about: heavy, melodic, exciting, head-banging worthy!

The whole production is retro: tones, timbres, harmonies all sound like they came from a vinyl you had forgotten for 25 years – and that’s not a bad thing at all. Many modern producers don’t respect the dynamics of music, and that didn’t happen back then – at least not in metal. So thanks Cauldron for showing how it’s done.

NWOBHM never broke-up, it just took a 25 year vacation and reappeared in Canada… so welcome back, Mr. NWOBHM, hope you had a nice break, and please stick around for another 100 years at least!





Cauldron – Streetwalker (from Tomorrow’s Lost bonus CD)


 Cauldron’s Tomorrow’s Lost is now available on iTunes.