Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, Fri., May 12, 2006
It's so much more than just a name. Austin newbie metalheads Cardinale, spawn of Sea of Thousand, crank their debut in Tia Carrera style: one track, undulating between agro thrash and lulling near-poetry. And it must be said: Twist one up and park your butt. If the mind-space isn't right, the music will crash down like a teetering tower of empty PBR cans. More structured than Earth and heavier than Sleep, the fourpiece sets up slow and easy, rain falling on a tin roof. Then the lightning hits, extolling the strength of cacophony over peace. Herein lies the one fault of Cardinale: the guitars hit somewhere between Isis and Acid Mothers Temple, the drums trip in color, but the voice D. Finner's throat is pure death metal. His guitar whips through the flail with speed and insurrection, but there's a time and place for all things Drano. Ultimately, Cardinale beckons instrumental, and the majority of this 31-minute track is a scary, voiceless ride on a rickety roller coaster. This might be stoner, but it ain't no jam.