Callisto
True Nature Unfolds


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
November 8th, 2006 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-metal act shows promise but lacks perfection.

Perhaps Callisto isn't a top-tier post-metal act; going up against pioneers like Isis and Neurosis is no small task when said bands have exceedingly big shoes to fill. At least Callisto has the formula down pat: moderate to slow tempos, churning, sludgy guitars and stylistic shifts whenever it all starts to feel monotonous. On True Nature Unfolds, they offer up a promising slice of post-metal that is, if nothing else, a small acheivement in a growing musical field, in that it secures them their own foundation to build on. Whether that is good enough to merit them the status of their heroes is open to interpretation.

Where Callisto seperate themselves is their willingness to break out of the commonplace every once in a while. True Nature Unfolds finds them utilizing clean vocals in (very) small quantities, female vocals, horns, and occasionally, double-timed chugging, which is often seen as forbidden in this genre by their peers. These techniques certainly aren't common, but they at least break away from the lingering distorted crescendoes that the band unerringly falls back on. These changes of pace are a welcome addition to their sound for the listener, and the droning guitars themselves are certainly effective and appropriate.

The only issue lies in Callisto's unwillingness to completely break the mold. Acts in this genre are certainly treading a small amount of new ground, but the truly fantastic ones are creating something wholly their own; the change-ups that Callisto allows on True Nature Unfolds are appreciated, but it seems like they are there because they have to be, as if the band knows that otherwise there is not a lot of novelty here. If the band would break form more often and to greater effect, I wouldn't put it past them to compose much greater and original arrangements; there is a lot of potential as is, but to some degree that seems a downfall.

True Nature Unfolds is an excellent showing from Callisto, but it would seem that there is much more this band can do with what they're given. Flashes of this are dotted throughout this record, which is decent enough in its reliance on the genre's originators, but only made better by the band's willingness to put their own spin on things, to make something that is theirs and not their influences'. It is at least a good sign of things to come from a skilled and seasoned act like Callisto.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
omgwtfboogie
November 9th 2006


211 Comments


This band sounds pretty interesting, or as interesting as post-metal can get these days. I'll check them out tonight.

Nice review, as usual.

Retrovertigo
November 13th 2006


6 Comments


Here's a link to their myspace to hear some of their songs.

http://www.myspace.com/callistochaos


Thanks for showing me this great band

foreverendeared
November 14th 2006


14678 Comments


good review i'm gonna have to check these guys out

Syncratic
January 6th 2007


756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is a good album...the song "Masonic," along with having a sweet title, is an awesome song.

Relinquished
October 7th 2011


25211 Comments


that shift in Masonic is so fucking good

tornasshole
October 7th 2011


15 Comments


ya

Shuyin
June 9th 2012


11831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like Abel's blood cried for revenge is a brilliant song, js

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