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Cardinale: 31:13

The debut from Austin's Cardinale has a strange title for a reason-31:13 is the name of the album, the lone song on the album, and the length of the whole thing. Before you immediately assume that 31:13 is some side-long progressive rock epic, let me assure you that, while Cardinale's music does contain plenty of elements of the prog genre, the heart and soul of the Texas four-pierce lies in metal, specifically doom/stoner and metalcore. That being said, the song "31:13" goes through many peaks and valleys, with moments of atmosphere and psychedelic noodling associated with the prog genre, amidst the slow and doomy guitar dirges and pounding rhythms. Fans of bands like Crowbar, CoC, Down, as well as Neurosis, Isis, and Cult of Luna, will no doubt appreciate much of the sonic sludge that permeates through this lengthy piece. Vocally, much of what you hear are hardcore styled shouts and barks, which for me might be the weakest part of the album, but instrumentally these guys really have their chops in place. The riffs are crushing yet catchy, and there are a fair amount of trippy lead passages as well. More than a couple of times during moments of gloomy death marches the band had me remembering the glory days of Black Sabbath or even the under-appreciated St. Vitus.

It will be interesting to see Cardinale tackle an album of more song based material next now that they have the epic out of the way. Most bands wouldn't dare to pull off something like this on their debut, but Cardinale for the most part have. Heavy, epic stuff included in these here grooves, and lots of potential.

Track Listing
1) 31:13 (31:13)

Added: March 20th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Cardinale: 31:13
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-03-04 06:21:54
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Every so often you come across a release that when you first heard it, for whatever reason, it just didn't make much sense to your musical ears and then after some time and a closer revisiting end up winning you over like it had hoped to do with its very first spin. Such was the case when I found this CD in my pile of that which was meant to be addressed at a future date and while the album "31:13" by Cardinale might bear a curious name, its all the more interesting to discover that the title is also the sole track recorded for the album and guess what…it runs at a whopping 31 minutes and 13 seconds. You're probably curious as to what kind of music would be on a recording like this because no one records thirty minute songs unless they are Dream Theatre these days and in all honesty I can tell you that a number of the Doom and Sludge bands of the world are taking this long to get their points across every now and again. The interesting thing about Cardinale, who hail from Austin, TX, is that on this debut they give us a number of different genre styles and make the recording something of an anomaly for this lengthy a track. There is slight progressive groove amidst the Doom but also some psychedelic flair and even perhaps just a taste of the more modern Metal feels. Followers of the Doom Metal bands of note might key into this one and "get it" from the moment it begins, but for me it took a little longer and in some sense I am glad because I can appreciate it a little better now.

I admit this is tricky to denote as liking or to suggest people give it a try, and that's because its only one long song as opposed to multiple tunes that present a single idea. With "31.13", Cardinale has put all of their ideas into one long epic discussion instead of making you wonder what will be said should there be pauses for lack of a better piece of imagery. If you are open minded enough you should appreciate it based on all of the flavors that it brings to the table. If not, then just remember that it will only take thirty one minutes and thirteen seconds out of your day and that's something we can all spend on a little music in my opinion.

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Cardinale: 31:13
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-31 19:38:01
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So if you disagree with the review and/or correct misleading descriptive information, your post is deleted? Agreeing is appropriate and disagreeing is inappropriate?

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Cardinale: 31:13
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-30 20:19:08
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COC, Down, and Crowbar? St. Vitus? Wow, not in the least.

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