Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein - Rabies Caste

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Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein - Rabies Caste

Rock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Earache - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 27/08/2001 - 5055006525113

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"A sad story of the best Israeli sludge band"

Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein - Rabies Caste

Let the Soul Out and Cut the Vein - Rabies Caste

Rabies Caste were an obscure band. Who knows about them? On the other hand, if you play doom, sludge and hardcore, you should be obscured. Popular is something a metal band should not be, or it gets a wrong flavour.

Rabies Caste appeared in the end of the 90's and by the beginning of the 00's they've already split. I happened to attend many of their shows and listened to all their releases, and being a huge fan wanted to share some of my memories here for another $0.01.

While Rabies Caste may not be the best band ever, they have their own style, sound and at what they do they're unbeatable. Slow and heavy is the name of the game, and if you like evil riffs, detuned guitars and heavy-as hell drums, you should check this band out. I definitely will rate them higher than EyeHateGod, 3Dhouse Of Beef, Coalesce and several other bands they're often compared to.

I'm not sure there's a reason to review the album song-by-song and say what's so good about each track. You can google RC and find most of their songs available online. If you like them, go get their stuff 'cause they're awesome.

After their first meaty "Children can fall into basket and drown" which to my knowledge was sort of self-released and existed in several cassette copies and maybe a couple of CDs, RC managed to release their second album, "For the Vomiting Tractor Drivers" via Infernal Racket label. To remind you, the late 90's were the days the internet was not as populated, and for a band from Israel that looked like a major breakthrough.

Afterwards they flew to London to record a demo at Southern Studios with heavyweight producer Harvey Birrell. The whole affair was self-financed. After they've got several songs on tape a couple of labels offered a contract, among them Earache, a respected English label for all things heavy. After they signed with Earache RC returned to the same studio to record more songs for LP. The original demo tracks are part of "Let The Soul Out..." as well.

"Let The Soul Out.." remains their most solid record to date. The producer made a god job, and the album sounds better than the rest of their releases. The CD received many positive reviews in different magazines and sold around the world. After the CD was released, Rabies Caste went on the road and pretty soon it became apparent this was not working financially. While today this is next to impossible to make living out of playing metal, in the beginning of the 00's there still was a hope for revenue. RC shared stages with some of the big names, like Dillinger Escape Plan, Biohazard and such, but touring England turned out to be less than exciting. Half empty venues and indifferent public, too many expenses, and as a result the deal with Earache broke. They never made it to US, which could have cheered them up, who knows.

After "Let the Soul Out..." the band made one more record, which featured only three new tracks, some live material and a track from their first tape, just to make some volume. This time the label was dada Drumming. Three new songs from the self-titled CD were the best they ever wrote, but the band was already tired and never recorded or rehearsed again. The first track, "Timeless", also appeared on a split with Sourvein, released via Dada Drumming.

RC were a power trio (guitar/vocals-bass-drums), and today two of them maintain some musical activity. Russell, the bassist, plays clarinet in "Kruzenshtern and Parohod", an avant-garde group led by Igor Krutogolov, who uses Russel's bass from the RC days. David, the singer and the guitar player, is a busy lawyer, and Dale, the drummer, plays in Tangorodrim that released several records and recently made a first live appearance in December 2013.

As for today, there are no plans for reunion, and that's sad. Pretty sad since these guys had something very special and they left on a very high point, which sounded like they were at their peak when it all broke.

The Bottom Line: The best RC release, "Let the Soul out and Cut the Vein" is a gem among many sludge and doom albums from the era.

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Rock & Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Earache - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 27/08/2001 - 5055006525113

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