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Review – Caliban: Gravity

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Germany’s Caliban are one of the bands in the metalcore movement that could easily be classified as unforgivingly overlooked since the release of A Small Boy and a Grey Heaven in 1999. Over the years, the band has jumped around with their sound across nine different albums, even dabbling in more of an mainstream rock influence style for 2007’s largely dismissed effort The Awakening. 2012, however, saw the band pretty much revitalizing themselves, leading to one of the most important albums for the style in quite some time before stepping away from what made that recording so powerful come 2014’s Ghost Empire. Now, here we stand at the release of their tenth, simply titled Gravity. But does this remind listeners and fans of why Caliban has remained a staple force in the metalcore underworld since their inception, or is it just another entry that offers little innovation to stand out on its own?


Caliban: Ghost Empire

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Caliban: Ghost Empire

Germany’s Caliban has been around for a long time, though never got that strong a foothold in various regions, such as here in North America until Century Media took notice and picked them up. Over the years the group continued to grow, and sometimes take some steps back in their career. 2007’s The Awakening was met with a great deal of negativity, largely considered the most generic album in the band’s discography, whereas 2012’s successful I Am Nemesis made the group one of the most important in the Metalcore genre once again. With fans eager for another round of atmospheric Metalcore, many are showing fear due to the recent samplings that have been appearing on the internet to promote the upcoming ninth full-length release Ghost Empire. Is this yet another backwards motion, or is it a more robust modern experience on the Post-Hardcore influences of their previous outing?



Marc Görtz of Caliban

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One of the earliest Metalcore bands I got the experience was Caliban. I look forward to every new album, and I Am Nemesis was a special delight to sit down with. Of course, I had the opportunity to shoot some questions over to the band, leading to Marc Görtz to get back to me with some answers. Check out what he had to say below!