Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Casualties Of Cool "Casualties Of Cool" (2014)

Casualties Of Cool is a concept album by Devin Townsend & Ché Aimee Dorval. Being a big Towsend fan i was pretty excited for this album, however i have found myself distracted and have only gotten around to listening to it properly this week! At first listen i was quite impressed, but with further listens i found this record to lack the depth that would bring me back to listen again.

This record has a warm and loving tone soaked in re-verb and ambiance that very much compliments the voice of Dorval, however beyond the tone and sound there isn't much going on musically that is really interesting to me. Having listened to Ki & Ghost many times over i wonder if Devin's ambient charm has worn off on me with this record, but i don't think its that, there really isn't a lot of substance in the songs.

The opening track "Daddy" shows everything this record has to offer, but every track after this just continues in the same vibe with no "moments" like in this track where Dorval comes in with "Two by two they pass you by". Its the only part of this record that sticks in my mind, and with the 14 tracks that follow it doesn't happen again for me. Lovely sound, but something was missing in the musicianship for me.

Favorite Track: Daddy
Rating 4/10


  1. First rating that would be considered a 'failed' in the Spanish scholar system! :p
    Btw. Do you listen to any kind of Power Metal? Whatever the answer, you should definitely check out the new album by Sabaton, Heroes. It's incredible.
    Also, once you listened to it, go read up on the back stories, and listen to it again while looking at the lyrics. It makes it even better!

  2. I've always respected power metal, but never found the right band to get into, theres a couple of blind guardian songs i like, but never found a band where it clicked for me. Ill check that album out when i get some time :-)

    1. Awesome. It's the best thing I've listened to so far in this genre.
      Personally, I found Sabaton very different from Blind Guardian, the only thing they probably share is the uplifting(generally) characteristic that gives Power Metal it's name.
      Sabaton are more on the Classic Metal influenced part of Power Metal, as opposed to de Speed Metal influenced one. They also go away from the common fantasy theme (they don't have a single not-real-event-based song, if I'm aware). This album specifically is about smaller, (but definitely not lesser), events in World War 2, that get overshadowed by the bigger battles.
      If I recall, some of the original members were actually planing on making a Trash/Black Metal band, and were very influenced by those genres, but only two of them are left now, so that influence maybe gone (I couldn't tell, as I'm very into the mentioned).
      I hope you enjoy this album if you get around to it!