Caliban
Ghost Empire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lordaggoroth USER (1 Reviews)
July 31st, 2014 | 6 replies


Release Date: 01/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The German power house knocks down another building

Since their sloth like appearance onto the metal scene with their first album ‘A Small Boy and a Grey Heaven’ in 1999, Caliban have endured some pretty harsh criticism.

Criticism directed at their lack of ‘own styles’ and ‘trending’ and an inability to discover their own destiny, settling only for the most popular sound of the future, past and present. When a band is accused of following their influences album after album, it must get harder and harder to write records or so you would think?
Ghost Empire is an album built around all things modern metal and all things Caliban. Each song is met with a head strong attitude and a ferocious disregard for the critics.

The opening track ‘King’ begins with a familiar sounding riff that you could easily associate with a lot of metal-core bands out there currently destroying teenage mosh pits, but Caliban cease the moment by introducing a chorus that is both catchy and memorable. You could almost duplicate this achievement over the next 3 tracks ‘Chaos-Creation’, ‘Wolves and Rats’ and ‘neBeL’ where the songs begin with a good solid riff and progress into something quite addictive and substantial, the choruses again playing into your mind like a first kiss.
Once you have caught your breath, track 5 ‘I am Ghost’ begins with a fetching intro and breaks into something savagely fierce and meets you with a raw aggressive chorus ‘I..AM….GHOST.. I'm floating in a lifeless haze, my memories are slipping away’. There is something truly magical about Caliban at this moment as they explore their most solid hooks and simplicity and it only carries on into the sublime single ‘Devil’s night’.

By the time ‘yOUR Song’ enters the fray, you’re simply buzzing at the previous excursion and you simply want more. ‘yOUR Song’ is a song written directly for the fans and you can really feel the energy and emotion piled into this 5 minute slug fest. It’s a fist pumper and will definitely be a favourite amongst hard-core fans and new fans alike.
‘Cries and Whispers and ‘Good Man’ are solid efforts with simply unforgettable choruses and riffs built in an assembly line of musically-hardened machinery. ‘I am Rebellion’, ‘Who We Are’ and the final track ‘My Vertigo’ are blazing tracks with remorseless hooks and thunderous drums.

Ghost Empire is an album written, built and executed by 5 very experienced, dexterous musicians. It’s full of flavour and truly addictive choruses that stick to you like chewing gum to a city pavement. Caliban may not be something ‘unique’ but they are certainly a band very well cemented into the metal history books and they are only a whisper away from greatness.


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Gameofmetal
July 31st 2014


2306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Dude you need to space between paragraphs hard. It makes everything easier to read.

On the album, Caliban is decent. I liked their last record, but they seem to catch up with the trends a little later than others. They stuck with old school melodic metalcore for too long and then switched but by then the modern metalcore scene had been done to death. This has some decent songs but otherwise boring.

Willie
Moderator
August 1st 2014


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good album. Very similar to the new Still Remains release.

As for the review. Read a few of the contrib/staff reviews and try to apply it to your next one.

bloc
August 4th 2014


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sooooooooooo disappointed by this

cloakanddagger
September 13th 2014


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I thought I am nemesis was better than this but there's some songs on this album I dig, I Am Rebellion is pretty cool.

Wolfhorde
September 13th 2014


13672 Comments


Shadow Hearts >

Viraemia
September 15th 2014


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sick album!



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