Caliban
I Am Nemesis


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rory Amoy USER (5 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Caliban escapes Metalcore blandness with yet another top notch release.

Metalcore, a sub-genre of Heavy Metal pioneered to popularity by bands such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, All That Remains and Unearth. A genre which was once a showcase of a band's variable abilities, but has recently become stale due to wannabe hardcore bands attempting to broaden their horizons. Caliban, the quiet and lesser known pioneer of this genre, entered the scene in 1999 and produced seven albums which established their name. With the acclaimed "Say Hello To Tragedy" sitting nicely in the hearts of fans, expectations were high for the long awaited release of "I Am Nemesis".

"I Am Nemesis" is quite easily one of, if not the best, record produced by Caliban. Top notch production and well-developed musical ability is what makes this album stand out as a high point in the band's career. It is very consistent through all twelve of its tracks and offers a breath of fresh air to the bland Metalcore scene. The standard screamed verse, clean chorus song structure is present in this album, however it doesn't seem to haunt Caliban nearly as much as other bands of the genre seems to work very well for the band, rather than sounding like a forced effort. The familiar structure is present in catchy, upbeat songs like "Open Letter" and the precariously titled "Modern Warfare". The structure sounds comfortable for the band and this is emphasised by the excellent blending of screamed and clean vocals. Andreas Dorner's aggressive screaming sounds great in every song and can get incredible heavy in a selection of songs. Denis Schmidt's singing has also improved, with him confidently expressing his emotions in atmospheric songs such as the single "Memorial". Although his clean vocals have improved, his overall range hasn't. Much of his effort consists of the same pitched singing which can get repetitive and somewhat bland towards the end of the album but this isn't enough of an excuse to spoil the album as there is much more to experience in other areas.

Vocals aside, "I Am Nemesis" features something that many modern Metalcore bands forget to include in their releases, variety. From start to finish, none of the tracks sound alike. From the Meshuggah inspired riffs of "Davy Jones" and "No Tomorrow" to the ambitious and almost tear-jerking "This Oath", this album is a display of the amount of talent the band has and how far they have progressed in their career. There are also a few Deathcore-like breakdowns featured in "The Bogeyman", "Edge of Black", and the earlier mentioned "Davy Jones" which add a much needed sense of aggression to a few of the less engaging songs. Although the lyrics aren't done justice in these sequences as Andreas growls blunt and simple phrases such as "Here comes the boogeyman" or "Get lost, get the *** away from me." Nevertheless, the catchy melodic and ferocious guitar work, sophisticated and intricate drumming and impressively audible bass lines make save this album from its flaws. This release is sure to see producer Benny Richter highly regarded in the Metalcore scene as he has done a commendable job with its mixing, balancing and production.

It is worthwhile mentioning that Caliban were able recruit a huge amount of guests on this release. Guest vocalists from Heaven Shall Burn, Suicide Silence and The Mercury Arc are all present on one track, whilst their very own producer executes the haunting keyboard melodies on other tracks very well. There are also eight bonus tracks on the special edition.

With the release of "I Am Nemesis", Caliban reassures its fans that it will continue to escape the bland Metalcore death trap for the eighth time in a row.

Recommended Tracks:

"Memorial"
"Edge of Black"
"No Tomorrow"
"This Oath"


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KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

hahaha caliban

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2012


8010 Comments


caliban is the definition of suck

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2012


8010 Comments


"the ambitious and almost tear-jerking "This Oath""

what are you 12

KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

reads like a someguest review

KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

riff you gota realise these shitty bands ripin meshuggah off ruin it it doesnt mean meshuggah sucks! gota check sublevels BRO

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2012


8010 Comments


he hates them they rip off meshuggah so hard

KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

neck

KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

http://sputnikmusic.com/images/bands/973.jpg

RAWZ95
July 3rd 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to the album before giving your opinion. One of the many things that fucks mee off about this site.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2012


8010 Comments


We know what Caliban sounds like (shit), I doubt they are going to pull one over on us

ZedO
July 3rd 2012


1096 Comments


taliban? ups, caliban!

RAWZ95
July 3rd 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqYdz2gN8Ek

MichaelSnoxall
July 3rd 2012


12163 Comments


Thanks for the link, RAWZ, that's just as shit as I expected.

RAWZ95
July 3rd 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And clearly I got a dodgy bunch of people who commented on this. If you'd actually looked at the ratings, the large majority is between 3.5 and 5, mainly on 4. So I don't know why you even bother to comment on a band you hate just for the sake of it. There are some albums I hate as well. For example, I think Gojira's latest effort is a very average, repetitive and hugely overrated piece of garbage, but I didn't give the reviewers bad feedback just because I saw a 4 come up in the ratings page. Many of this site's users need to understand that everybody has a different idea and personal opinion of music and need to learn to respect that.

FrankRedHot
July 3rd 2012


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"to the ambitious and almost tear-jerking "This Oath", "

Pussy.

And yes, everyone has a different opinion, but not everyone's is as dumb as yours. How can you call Gojira's new one repetitive when this thing uses the same riffs the whole entire album.

RAWZ95
July 3rd 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only dumb one here is the one who was stupid enough to believe that a riff is a form of time measurement. It must be sunny down in your mother's basement


KILL
July 3rd 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol

FrankRedHot
July 3rd 2012


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You know he's reaching when he's making fun of someone's user name.

RAW, you might just want to log off of Sputnik now and never return.

FearThyEvil
July 3rd 2012


12622 Comments


fucks mee off

??????

Quen
July 3rd 2012


1633 Comments


lol he told sputnik to respect other peoples opinions


like what the fuck



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