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CAULDRON - In Ruin (12" LP)

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Canadian heavy metal band Cauldron formed in Toronto, Ontario, back in 2006. Since then they have released the "Into The Cauldron" EP in 2007 (now long out of print), as well as three full-length albums: "Chained To The Nite" (2009), "Burning Fortune" (2011), "Tomorrow's Lost" (2012) plus the "Moonlight Desires" EP (2014).The band has toured the world with the likes of Municipal Waste, Death Angel, Nevermore, Diamond Head, Enforcer, and in the summer of 2013, were invited to play Metallica's "Orion Fest" in Detroit. For their fourth studio album "In Ruin" Cauldron have signed with High Roller Records in Europe.
For the new album the trio returned to the Lincoln County Social Club recording studio in their home town of Toronto, where they recorded two of their previous albums, namely "Burning Fortune" (2011) and "Tomorrow's Lost" (2012). Co-produced by Chris Stringer (Rush, Timber Timbre), "In Ruin" is sure to deliver more riffs, more attitude and more traditional metal to the band's growing army of fans.
Front man Jason Decay can't hide his enthusiasm about Cauldron's new album featuring songs such as "Burning At Both Ends" (being about "going too hard for too long and facing the repercussions of what that entails") and "Santa Mira" (about the movie "Halloween III"): ""In Ruin" is probably the next logical step, a subtle and natural progression from "Tomorrow's Lost". We were very satisfied with "Tomorrow's Lost" so we had to make sure we had a worthy follow up and I think we've exceeded that. I suppose you could say its a little more melodic and refined, yet diverse."
Cauldron have issued their last three albums via legendary label Earache Records but Jason is no too fond about this relationship anymore: "It ran its course, neither party was really interested any more and our parting was mutual." For Europe Cauldron have now inked a deal with High Roller Records as Jason explains: "It seemed like the most fair and honest deal of the labels that were interested in Europe. We are also fans of High Roller Records so it felt like a good match for us. Steffen seems to really understand our band and is enthusiastic to have us, which says a lot. We are proud to be with a label that has a strong passion for our music as opposed to how much money we can make them."
When Cauldron entered the stage at Newcastle's Brofest in 2014, they were the first non-British band to do so. Jason is surprised: "Really? Very cool, I did not know that - what an honour! We loved it and had a great time. It's very cool and surreal to be treated as peers amongst some of the bands and musicians we grew up idolizing. Playing 'Die Hard' with Mantas was one of the highlights of being in Cauldron."
A lot of traditional metal bands from the States feel much more at home playing Europe, for Cauldron that doesn't seem to b the case: "I don't think so. I wouldn't say we are any more this or that as I know we draw from all across that board. I think the early L.A. Metal Blade/Metal Massacre scene is just as prevalent in our sound, if not more than the NWOBHM. Sure the European flavour is there, especially from the German and British bands but I don't think any more so than the Canadian and US power bands. Actually, now that I think of it, I think Ian's writing style is a little more European and I'm a littler more American - I'll let you decide!"

Matthias Mader

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