Before listening to “Horror” I decided to conduct a bit of research on CANNAE and when I say that, I’m not necessarily talking about the five-piece Metalcore band from Massachusetts.
For those who want to know, the battle of Cannae (216 BC) was a huge milestone in Roman history. To keep the history lesson short, Hannibal and his army conquer the Roman legions by successfully completing their well thought out battle plan. (Which mainly consisted of surrounding and entrapping their enemies.) Due to the fact that the Roman’s actions during battle were so predictable during this time, Hannibal’s trap took them completely by surprise. Yes, in the end Hannibal laid the major smack down.
When I listened to “Horror”, I didn’t hear anything that was what I would consider unique. However, you don’t necessarily have to be a unique band to be a good one. I wouldn’t put CANNAE in my category of “good” bands though. They deserve more credit than that. Instead, I’d knock them up a notch, giving them a spot in the category above. Like I said, bands don’t have to always be unique to be pleasing to the ears.
Mainly, what got me into CANNAE were the vocals. I found them to be a nice mix of raspy screaming and a consistently up-roaring growl. As for the rest of the album, nothing ever gets too technical or complex, but you still have plenty to sling your head around to. The more I listen to “Horror”, the more I get into it. I wish I could have found out about them sooner. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they would have ended up on my top 20 albums list for 2003.
If you haven’t checked out this band yet, be sure to take the time to do so. I’m sure we’ll be seeing/hearing great things from these guys in the future. (Online March 4, 2004)