Caliban
The Undying Darkness


3.0
good

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
February 27th, 2006 | 13 replies | 9,282 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


This was a release I was really looking forward to, but that kinda got lost in my (recently more than bad) memory. Being on the hunt to check out the new BoySetsFire album, I came across this one and with my refreshed memory, I'm here with the latest album of "one of Germany's bst metalcore acts" (Quote from various magazines)

I had doubts regarding that statement with the last album, and I have them even more with this one. Not that Caliban are not one of the best outfits of hard guitar driven music emerging from Germany, but that this is pure Metalcore. I personally think there is even more Metal edge present here than on "The Opposite from within". But I'm not the all knowing metalhead, so I might be mistakin' here (someone like ShadowsFallen should give his verdict on this matter ;))

Within the two years that have passed since their last release, a bit has changed. Regarding the song structures and performance alike. Melodic passages were present on the last album as well, but those were sung by guest vocalists on the album. This time they were all recorded by the guitarist (who also does all the melodic vocals live). He has really worked on his vocal performance, very good improvement to be noticed there. The lead guitar changed a bit as well IMO. Maybe it was the influence Andres of Ghoteburg-based band In Flames had producing this album. Some leads sure show Ghoteburg roots IMO. Which is not necessary a bad thing. I alwayws liked it with Heaven Shall Burn, so it's cool here as well.

What bums me a bit though is the typical song structure. The songs turned out pretty much Killswitch Engage style. Shouted/screamed verses, supported by chuggin' guitars, double bass. The usual shebang. Then a clean melodic chorus, nice guitar melodies and vocal harmony. Don't get me wrong here, it's really done good. Songs like "My fiction beauty" really show their strong side during the chorus, which comes through the melodic touch. And though "No more 2nd chances" starts with a simple picked guitar line, it soon goes into the known and mentioned structure, with a screamed chorus though. It seems it's just the scheme inverted - on at least two or three songs, I would loved to hear a more or less complete different approach.

Still, the work done here is definately upper-par. Andy does a great job on the vocals, presenting low grunting shouts paired with screams in a higher pitch. And like I mentioned, the musical work is on the known level. The lyrics seem to have improved as well, on the former album they unfortunately seemed pretty weak here and there. It looks like a more consistent work here.

Overall, this is a consequent and solid follow up to "The opposite from within", defining the sound and style of the band further. I hope though that they will not just turn into one of these bands "doing the Killswitch Engage thing". It seemed less obvious on their last record.

Overall I would give this a lean 3/5



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Pete
February 27th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think it's a pretty weak album, to be honest - it rips off At the Gates (like every 'metalcore' band seems to do these days) and similar GBG-bands, and it's pretty bland. I mean, I like the style but they add nothing to it. Meh, 2.5 - I don't mind it.

Damrod
Moderator
February 27th 2006



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"At the Gates", hm? Have not heard them so far, I should check them out.

Judging from "adding to the genre", this record does clearly not add anything new to it. But it's done really solid, what I like.

Just rating from your point of view

Pete
February 27th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're right, it is solid. But it just seems to me that albums like these are 13 a dozen.

You should REALLY check out At the Gates, they're the original and best Gothenburg band.

Wish
February 27th 2006



262 Comments


I only found out about this album today. I went on their website, and listened to It's Our Burden To Bleed. I thought it was a good song, though the quality wasn't all that good. It was probably my headphones more than anything.

It didn't remind me a lot of The Opposite From Within, both Andy's and the backing vocalists vocals are stronger.

I'm certainly gonna pick it up when I get the chance.

Great review : )This Message Edited On 02.27.06

espbassist
October 21st 2006



66 Comments


I'm seeing these guys tonight at Gigantour in Brisbane, woot woot. Also Megadeth, Soulfly and Arch Enemy are playing :D

Brain Dead
April 15th 2007



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album is kind of lame.

thegreatgriffin
July 6th 2007



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just good old metalcore, could be better and more original, could be way lamer

kalkal50
July 6th 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Awakening is a better version of this album. They both suck

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm liking this more than I used to. Room Of Nowhere, It's Our Burden To Bleed and Nothing is Forever are pretty good.

OllieS
July 12th 2008



2029 Comments


Haven't heard the album, but Jesus H. Christ those song titles are ridiculous.

beans
July 13th 2008



2332 Comments


im not a big fan of this band but this album was well done from what i can remember

WILSON5
November 16th 2009



23 Comments


Incredibly dull and repetitive retread of their past albums sounding TOO MUCH like their past albums,with no slight surprise moments unlike The Oppsite From Within,which I actually thought the occasional sung chorus were pretty cool and slight atmosphere delving but none of that as they strived to be nonstop sensory assault but leaving too many blanks and not enough substance this time around.I could only listen to this one time and sold it cause I really did'nt need this sitting around collecting dust when I can just listen to another one and pretty much know what they sound like.
RATING 0.5


wsxijn
April 24th 2012



30 Comments


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