Plays very close to formula

Modern German metalcore workhorses Caliban have been releasing an album every two to three years without fail since 1999, all of varying degrees of quality. Much like the last album Gravity this album has seen release with little fanfare here.

Kicking off the album with the tough guy lyrics of ‘This is War’ gets straight to the point and shows just how well the band do the scream/clean dynamic of the modern metalcore formula, before a half spoken sentence leading into the standard stattaco breakdown. Business as it should be then.

‘Intocixated’ follows the opening formula almost to the letter before the first interesting track of the album crops up in the form of ‘Ich Blute Fuer Dich’ adds a different, sterner flavour to proceedings.

The standout tracks are the ones where Caliban has worked with outside musicians, helping break up there otherwise enjoyable but fairly standard and formulaic metalcore. This includes turn outs from Brian “Head” Welch of Korn on ‘Masquerade’ and CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder turning out a great performance on ‘Before Later Becomes Never’, whose vocals cut through the softer parts of the track, making it a standout on the album.

As I have mentioned, although the album plays very close to its formula that does not mean it is in any way an unenjoyable romp through modern metal as it stands in 2018. From opening to ending the band are thoroughly entertaining with their musical output, ‘My Madness’, ‘I Am Fear’ and final track ‘Sleepers Awake’ deserving some extra attention along with the tracks that have guests or German language on them.

  1. This is War
  2. Intoxicated
  3. Ich Blute Fuer Dich
  4. Before Later Becomes Never
  5. Set Me Free
  6. My Madness
  7. I Am Fear
  8. Delusion
  9. Carry On
  10. Masquerade
  11. Incomplete
  12. The Great Unknown
  13. Sleepers Awake