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5.0 classic
Callisto Providence
Callisto are on a mission. Since their compelling debut, this heavy, melodious Finnish band have been oozing creativity, and this release is surprisingly different, and not surprisingly, very good.

"True Nature Unfolds", served as an excellent name for Callisto's debut album, as the songs this group create tend to roll leisurely, almost subconsciously, into each new movement. Make no mistake, this is a very heavy band, yet the song structure and instrumentation is very melodious and slow-burning, allowing ample time for the listener to get sentimental, before being pummeled by a wall of epic, distorted chords. This feeling is what Callisto puts into each release, A very natural, ebb and flow of emotion, captured in the pretense of hard rock, jazz, doom, and ambient, and just good old jammin. Callisto's sophomore album, "Noir" was a sprawling record that left little unsaid in terms of textures and soudscapes, and "Providence", the bands latest effort, does much of the same and more, with the luxurious addition of clean vocals.
Callisto Noir
Cult of Luna Eternal Kingdom
Cult of Luna The Beyond
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon

4.5 superb
Callisto True Nature Unfolds
Cult of Luna Salvation
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
The Ocean Heliocentric
For anyone who is still listening at this point, I have enjoyed The Ocean Collective's releases since Fogdiver, Aeolian remains my favorite. Everything overwhelmingly negative said about this release is purely opinion and taste oriented, in the sense that, this album is well produced but not over-produced, features expert instrumentation and vocal delivery, (Loic has an unconventional, raw style of producing more contemporary harmonies, leading to pigeon-holing of his "skillz") and is startlingly different, while always managing to almost sound like The Ocean Collective. This album is not a follow up to Precambrian, and it's not the heaviest thing in the record shop anymore, but thats not what keeps most Ocean fans coming back, It's the layers, the clever structuring, the dynamics, this album has all that, you just might have to put all pretense aside to fully enjoy it. 4/5

4.0 excellent
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Isis Wavering Radiant

3.5 great
Isis Celestial
Isis In the Absence of Truth

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