Caustic Lye was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the spring of 1999 by founding members vocalist and guitarist Jespah Torres and bassist Raul "Gordo" Uribe. Several line-up changes ensue and Torres abandons the guitar. The demos The View From Within 2002 and Portraits Of A Cold Hard Existence 2003 and shows with Mudvayne, Vehemence, Cephalic Carnage, etc. follow.
An agreement with recording studio and record imprint Fervid Recordings leads to a 2006 full-length release. The group was aiming to issue a new record for 2008.
CAUSTIC LYE - THAT THAT IS IS - FERVID
Under normal circumstances, New Mexico’s Caustic Lye would get a lower mark from this lady reviewer than the average grade of fifty out of a hundred. The band’s penchant for mixing metal with rock, jazz, emo and a fair deal of now-dead mallcore would thwart any attempt at liking the music. Caustic Lye, whose producer so believes in it that he has also released the album, has a bit of appeal however. To be clear, the lame flat vocals smack of lame modern bands like Incubus and Korn and need to go. The more aggressive backing vocals do help, but ultimately remind one of the same sad bands’ attempts at being taken seriously. The music is often doodly and introspective (hello Primus!), but there are moments when the power chords, explosions of anger and sheer technical ability present a ray of musical sunshine for the band. These are the moments when Caustic Lye could have used more of at the expense of commercialism ad stop-and-go excess. Caustic Lye has touches of Masters Of Reality, Kings X, Linkin Park and hell, why not, Good Charlotte. Caustic Lye is not one to follow a linear path. Incidentally, that must be a lead zeppelin perched on a tree on the CD’s cover if there ever was one! - Anna Tergel