Callisto
Noir


4.0
excellent

Review

by GenericRant USER (4 Reviews)
September 6th, 2009 | 42 replies | 8,349 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Callisto's sophomore effort is not only just for fans of post-metal like Isis, but can be for a fan of any genre of music as long as they have an open mind.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Sludgy post-metal seems to be all the rage nowadays in the metal community. Bands like Isis, Cult of Luna, and Pelican each bring their own special flavor to the ever expanding genre. All three bands have backgrounds in hardcore within their respective communities and that shines through in their music. Dissonant chords and screamed vocals (in the cases of Isis and Cult of Luna) are musical techniques ripped straight out of a hardcore handbook while Pelican brings unrelenting sludge and melody to the table. Callisto is an amalgamation of the three aforementioned bands and also brings in their own influences from free jazz as well.

Callisto's sophomore effort easily bridges the gap between their first atmospheric sludge effort and their later strictly post metal works. The guitars play a combination of jazzy and melodic licks, dissonant chords, and crushing power chords that all meld together into a cohesive melody that can attract listeners of all genres of music. The bass, which is actually audible, rarely sticks to playing root notes and fifths. The bass lines provide not only rhythm and support, but it crafts its own counterpoint that compliments whatever the guitarist is doing. The drummer has a very jazzy and syncopated style that at first doesn't seem all that flashy, but slowly reveals itself to be more technical that what first impressions may point it out to be. The vocalist repertoire consists of a hardcore shout and assortments of tortured yelps and barks. Quite clearly he is the least proficient member of the band, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Each song on the album is an individual sprawling epic that becomes more and more advanced as the music progresses. The band loves to play off the loud/quiet dynamic that bands have been pulling since the Pixies, but Callisto manages to put the loud/quiet dynamic on it's head. There are buildups that lead back down to quiet bits that then buildup to another letdown. "The Fugitive" is a great example of that type of musicianship. Each song has it's own distinct quality and thus it would be an arduous task to try and individually critique each one. So, I'll solely concentrate on my favorite track on the album, "Woven Hands".

"Woven Hands" begins with a sample or spoken word piece, I don't know exactly what it is, and a soft keyboard pad that gives off a 50s B-movie vibe. Soon thereafter, the guitars and bass come in playing a soft melody. The mood changes slightly, becoming more frantic as the guitars move from playing just legato guitar licks to chords. This continues for some time until the distortion kicks in, hitting you in the face like a bulldozer going the speed of a sports car. The pace slows down to funeral dirge speeds, but it continues to get heavier. The guitars build up to an apex that couldn't get more intense and suddenly relieve the tension by getting quieter and introducing some horns. Just as suddenly as the heaviness turned into relaxation, the song ends abruptly, fading into nothingness.

Callisto manages to take the best elements of the biggest post-metal bands and combine them into a musical unit that operates with such intensity and emotion that it's almost unbearable. This album falls just short of being perfect due to some length issues, but nonetheless it is an excellent piece of work.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
charlesfishowitz
September 7th 2009



1794 Comments


lol callisto

Ulsufyring
September 7th 2009



1725 Comments


should be castillo

Zoo
September 7th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking love this album. Nice review dude.

zuzek
September 7th 2009



748 Comments


Will get this if I can, sounds awesome.

Meanwhile, get The Ocean - Precambrian yourself, especially for the second cd. You'll love it.

rasputin
September 7th 2009



14504 Comments


album is pretty good prob a 3.5 from me



if i was butthole surfer

Roach
September 7th 2009



2149 Comments


sucks

Boognish
September 7th 2009



1003 Comments


3rd rate Isis rip off

GenericRant
September 7th 2009



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each his own I guess.

Powerban
March 30th 2010



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hit and miss band. Wormwood has a sick bass groove.

DDconjoined
November 22nd 2010



326 Comments


with very little still to be released in 2010 I now search for hidden gems, this may not be that unknown around here, but I am glad I gave it a go..4.25/5 at the moment

DrKilljoy
December 14th 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great stuff!

Slimjim367
December 14th 2010



512 Comments


i heard this was great

HarryDippo
February 22nd 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album

DonniSharK
March 20th 2011



466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredibly good album; far better than both Providence and True Nature Unfolds. Will no doubt become a true classic in the post-metal genre.

eternium
March 20th 2011



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't say that but it's damn good.

Digging: Thou - Heathen

Shuyin
April 24th 2012



10391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the first 3 songs are so good

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evilford
June 22nd 2012



19994 Comments


great album. fairly low 4.5 but a 4.5 nonetheless. great dynamics and texture work.

Shuyin
June 22nd 2012



10391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its awsome, make sure you listen to True Nature Unfolds. its just as good or maybe even better than this.

Relinquished
June 22nd 2012



22298 Comments


better in what way

Shuyin
June 22nd 2012



10391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, i prefer the guitars on TNU, while this has better jazz elements imo.

but most of my favorite Callisto songs are in the first album so i guess its my opinion.



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