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Review: Cauda Pavonis – ‘Peace Through Superior Firepower’
Despite their penchant for slightly dodgy album covers and promo photos, Bristolian bucaneers Cauda Pavonis have had a firm foothold in the European darkwave scene for fourteen years now. More impressively they have achieved their “old hand” status through relentless gigging and self-releasing their albums.
Their latest offering continues the band’s familiar, uncomplicated and slightly retro sound and is luckily crowned with one of their better album covers. The songs, as always, are straight-forward and catchy with plenty of memorable choruses and consistent toe-tapping pace. Although after fourteen years it would be nice to hear the band confound expectations rather than confirm them with a little playful shaking of their formula.
That isn’t to say there are no stand out songs though, tracks like ‘World Beyond The Window’, ‘Terror In The Nursery’, ‘Forgotten Heroes’ and ‘Warriors’ really do exemplify the bands ability to write great songs. Yet as an album it feels like it could give so much more, with the production in particular being rather basic and at times it makes the band sound a little outdated. There is no doubt however, that these songs will translate to the live circuit very well with ample room for sing-a-longs and audience interaction.
As a unit Cauda Pavonis have long since hit their stride and sound tighter than they ever have. But now may be the time for them to come out of their comfort zone, get a little risky and really make their mark.