This was written over three listens, though one was heavily broken up and might not count.
I was looking mostly to just describe the song but I overthought what I was writing and so I don’t think this quite works. I feel it could be more descriptive.
Cave In’s “Dark Driving” is from Tides of Tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy.
Guitar flickers, and bass and percussion rumble along, stretching out and forming a basis. Guitar continues its flickering and blossoms for a moment before the vocals come in.
The vocals are high, the music keeps rumbling and one guitar follows the vocals. At points the music steps up for a moment, a guitar shimmers off, then the tension in the music returns and repeats the main rhythm.
For a moment things pull back and step as the vocals lower a little. It is a short moment, almost suggesting a sense of quietness. Then the instrumentation becomes louder and more aggressive in what feels like waves crashing. The vocals also gain more volume and sound driven, riding the instruments through the grit and drama. The instruments draw out, moving through some sort of passage before returning to their drive before almost coming to a halt. Shifting through and emphasising as the percussion beats away and the vocals stretch over.
A return to the opening sections, almost feeling like a brief respite. There remains tension, perhaps thicker. The short moment returns followed by a repeat of it with greater crunch and aggression. Once more the instruments return to pushing forward with greater volume, riding through passages, focused in direction.
Eventually the song finds its exit and the instruments pummel forward, coming off almost as menacing, locked into each other. The vocals draw out over, soft, though not calming, and fall back as noise stretches out at the song’s end.