14 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing their evolution from melodic European death metal toward modernized, palm-muted metalcore, veteran German fivesome Caliban crank out riffs and breakdowns that threaten to cause whiplash. But they do it with real symphonic finesse, calming into an eerie ambience in “brOKen” and supplementing their bass-and-snare-forward groove with tuneful piano in “Who I Am.” The singing has gained clarity too, but that’s not to suggest the band have abandoned their bloodthirsty side—“The Ocean’s Heart” and “Mein schwarzes Herz” sting with a brutality that’s truly ominous.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing their evolution from melodic European death metal toward modernized, palm-muted metalcore, veteran German fivesome Caliban crank out riffs and breakdowns that threaten to cause whiplash. But they do it with real symphonic finesse, calming into an eerie ambience in “brOKen” and supplementing their bass-and-snare-forward groove with tuneful piano in “Who I Am.” The singing has gained clarity too, but that’s not to suggest the band have abandoned their bloodthirsty side—“The Ocean’s Heart” and “Mein schwarzes Herz” sting with a brutality that’s truly ominous.

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About Caliban

German deathcore band Caliban was formed in 1997, and signed almost immediately with Lifeforce Records, which released their eponymous EP the very next year. A hard-working bunch, the band then embarked on a relentless touring and recording schedule, traveling as far as America and Japan while intermittently putting out records like 1999's Small Boy and a Grey Heaven, 2000's split CD with labelmates Heaven Shall Burn, 2001's Vent, and 2003's Shadow Hearts. All of this hard work gradually built Caliban's following and certified them as one of the leading European purveyors of metallic hardcore, which, by then, had also made incredible strides across the pond thanks to bands they had influenced such as Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. In fact and rather ironically, Caliban's next effort, The Opposite from Within (2004), was wisely panned by critics for succumbing to parody of those very same bands they'd inspired; but the band recovered in time for 2006's The Undying Darkness, which saw longtime members Andy Dörner (vocals), Denis Schmidt (guitar/vocals), and Marc Görtz (guitar) joined by the former Six Reasons to Kill rhythm section of bassist Marco Schaller and drummer Patrick Grün. 2007's The Awakening peaked at number 36 on the German album charts, and in 2009 the band inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and released Say Hello to Tragedy, their seventh full-length outing. 2012 saw the release of I Am Nemesis, and in 2014 the band issued the well-received Ghost Empire, which became their first album to hit the Top Ten. Gravity, the band's tenth studio long player, dropped in March 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

ORIGIN
Germany
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1997

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