Caligula's Horse   Rise Radiant
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2020
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4.5 superbareinking | March 21st 20

Can't freaking wait for this one. The Tempest is a great first single and opener to the album.

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5.0 classicfantalas | March 14th 20

Caligula's Deer??... Caligula's Stag?... Anyhow it's a fantastic album though slightly lacking the punch that In Contact had, and some very particular melodic choices in the vocals bother me as hell... Damn it Jim!

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4.0 excellentRobert Garland STAFF | May 20th 20

They know that is not actually a horse right? It's got antlers and shit...

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3.5 greatajcollins15 | May 26th 20

The five-piece Australian progressive metal and rock outfit are finally back with their fifth record and it?s another strong showing for one of the best progressive outfits in modern music, even if it is one of their weakest albums. From the very opening track you are blasted with heavy rifts, soring guitars, hard drums, and infatuating vocals. Every track here builds so beautifully together and gives you one wholistic listen from front to back. Plus, the closer is one angelic and amazing progressive rock anthem with several phases and builds. In general, it?s a solid release, however for Caligula?s horse it's all sounds they have done and mastered on their previous records, and fully realized and executed on their last record, which was there best yet. With this album we see them playing it safer than usual, which is fine. They needed an album with more simple properties. I see a huge album coming in the next few years, but for now this will be perfectly fine.

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4.0 excellentThe Aspie Fantastie | November 1st 20

I admit, I am far from a front-row fan of progressive metal or at all a particular connoisseur of the genre. My interests in the styles similar lie mostly in old-school progressive rock of the previous century. Caligula's Horse wield all the most egregious sins propelled by their genre peers. All the over-dramatic, cartoonishly dramatic, overproduced and overplayed, full of clichés masquerading as complexity and high instrumental abilities; this album possesses all those tropes. But it is also beautiful, infectiously catchy and sounds crisp. I cannot quite clearly explain my affection towards this album, but maybe deeper dive into Caligula's Horse's discography will reveal what is it about their music that makes me enjoy it over many of its contemporaries.

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3.5 greatGamamJ | October 7th 20

Awesome album. The Australians release their best album in while in my opinion. Their combination of djenty rhythms, hyper-melodic vocals, dreamy soundscapes and jazzy sections is just awesome. Reminds a lot of Plini.

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4.5 superbNavymetalman | August 20th 20

After listening to the album a few times more it has demonstrated the brilliance of the music. This is my first album by this band, and I love it. I look forward to listening to more of it.

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3.0 goodYRI | August 12th 20

After multiple monumental albums, it's not unusual for a band to pull back a little and play it safe. Rise Radiant is just that. Yes, it's not as great as In Contact and the tracks aren't as good as they were on Bloom, but Rise Radiant still holds up as a worthy entry to Caligula's Horse' mighty catalog.

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3.5 greatMythodea | July 17th 20

In Contact is a very difficult album to follow and we should even praise CH for not even dipping in quality, as can be the case for bands after releasing personal milestones. Rise Radiant is an album that finds CH in an inspirational plateau, harvesting the fruits of their career so far and continuing expansion on their sound as it has been shaped so far. It is one amazing release for 2020, but for a band of such level we can only wait for more.

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4.0 excellentElevon | July 9th 20

At first I thought this was generic djenty-y prog, but it's actually grown on me quite a bit. Some of these tracks really groove.

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3.5 greatDeadwing2112 | June 14th 20

Rise Radiant opens with The Tempest and Slow Violence, typifying the aggressive hard edged progressive metal template associated with the previous studio releases by Caligula's Horse. And then Salt changes the game with its downshift in tempo allowing for a more expansive presence in the instrumentation and Jim Grey's vocals. For the band, it is a moment of revelation and discovery. Perhaps this change was in the band's conscious during Resonate with Grey's crooning, "Did the music die in the quiet? Or did it give me room to resonate?" Indeed it does. The Ascent concludes the album with a ten minute plus epic showcase of the band's talents borrowing from the past while infusing new expansive elements into the foray. Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up bonus cover track is a complete change of pace with pop elements and Grey's duet harmonizing with Lynsey Ward. A quality release from a band seemingly now eager to step outside its boundaries.

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3.5 greatFernando Alves STAFF | May 26th 20

These guys love Leprous and there's nothing wrong with that, I respect bands that don't try to hide their influences. However, if Caligula's Horse wants to leave a more relevant artistic legacy, it must learn to distance itself more from its idols. That said, Rise Radiant is sure to be among the best albums the genre will deliver this year.

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4.5 superbEvangelancer | May 23rd 20

Too early to tell if it has the staying power that In Contact did, but even if it doesn't, it's still an outstanding release on it's own right.

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