In any case, Cardinal is a really solid band. These guys are saying things that they need to say and playing things that support the songs. I really like the drummer. He’s throwing it all out there on every song. That’s important. There are too many bands that having emotional songs with constantly sparse drumming. Minimalism is truly awesome sometimes, but only sometimes. Other times, songs would really benefit from some all out drum pounding. Cardinal’s drummer understands that and pounds his drums away very sufficiently.
Everyone else in this band is doing great things for their genre as well. The guitar is interesting. The bass is supportive. The vocals are very appropriately toned, and the lyrics make it the genre it is. If you get the chance to go out and see Cardinal, you should go for it. You never know what a band is going to sound like from their recordings any more, but Cardinal is a safe bet for a good show.