Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition by Cara Neir

Release date: October 14, 2016
Label: Broken Limbs Recordings

Frantic arrangements, breakneck pace, morphing rhythms, abundant riffs your sort of thing? Cara Neir’s split last year with Wildspeaker helped make part of a very productive year for the duo from Cara Neir, topped off with last year’s very underrated full-length album, Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition. The band continues building a very sterling discography with this latest release, as Cara Neir jam on eight tracks with frenetic energy, kinetic with gusto the way they’re known for. Punk riffs merge with frantic thrash-pace beats, tremolo riffs, shreds and the whole nine yards to extreme metal these days. Cara Neir’s Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition packs a wallop, and sounds like genre-bending magic typical of label Broken Limbs Recordings. The ringing tremolo riffs sound atmospheric, and the music never seems to run out of energy, so much as the band slows down very seldom in between songs with double-kick drums and punk transitions.

There’s a definite structure to some songs, and a tendency to gallop in d-beat to punk three chord licks that morph not long after introduction. The band usually makes an effort of kicking things off with a furious jam that goes all-cylinders, before the track winds its way through polymorphing rhythms that shorten as the album goes on. Not as to say that the band runs out of energy in the latter parts of the album, but that they instead pace the songs more carefully after the first two songs engage the listener into frenzied moshing the likes of which I haven’t felt since I heard helter-skelter thrash metal in the 80’s.

Cara Neir jams with little expectations fulfilled. In fact, no matter how much I listen to the album, I can never guess accurately what the band will do next. The same holds true for most of their releases. You play their music loud and go wild from inception to cessation, moshing frantically in your basement cellar for lack of a proper venue. This band must be a workout to see live in action.

And yet, after listening to their material, I can recall instances where everything makes sense, that the songs aren’t simply helter skelter violent non-sense. Cara Neir has a method to the madness. Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition embodies punk restlessness, grindcore energy, black metal musicianship. It is so unique and so unstable, it might just combust with the melting pot of corrosive elements unrecognizable. It’s fun, vigorous, intelligent and at the same time very catchy in short sequences, just to pace the portions that go all out. Cara Neir makes sense to me and it might just dawn on you how much you’ll like this record. Mercurial, enigmatic, but frantic and oh so fun, Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition might be a title that’s misleading to some, but I can’t recall an LP I had so much fun listening to and expecting no less than that, as all expectations lead to the unexpected. Go ahead, play like this band if you can. There may never be another Cara Neir again, so go see the band live or rock out to Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition now!

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