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Callisto - Providence
The Finnish postcore outfit Callisto has been around since the year 2000, and Providence is their third full length record to date. Operating in a genre that is still gaining in popularity thanks to goliaths like Neurosis, Isis and Cult Of Luna to name a few, let’s see what these guys offer to enrich the scene.
The thing that really distinguishes Callisto from the aforementioned bands is mainly their vocalist. And with that I mean especially his clean voice, which is abundant on Providence. It reminds me of Muse, how weird that may sound to some. An epic, almost hypnotic and high voice (although he still has quite a road ahead of him if he wants to achieve the same), that also reminds of the likes of Chris Cornell and maybe even the late Layne Staley. His voice is definitely one of the main things that set this band apart from the others.
The music on the contrary is not too original. A combination of mostly relaxing atmospheric post-hardcore parts with the occasional eruption into devastating heavy sludge accompanied by brutal screams. It mostly resembles Cult Of Luna, although it would be unfair to label them as a clone for their compositions are well thought-through and feature some very nice and interesting passages.
I have to admit that I’m not all too fond of the vocal work on this disc, as some of it sounds kind of forced and unnatural. Fact remains that this guy has a good singing voice and he doesn’t get caught up in the typical singing styles this genre is limited to. Therefore I have to conclude that whether you’ll like this band or not is an entirely personal issue, mostly because of the vocals. Check it out and decide for yourself.
Callisto - Providence
78/1001Details Fullsteam Records
Released on Wednesday Feb 18th, 2009

Writer @DemonDust on Sunday Jun 7th, 2009

Tags: #Callisto
Tracklisting 01. In Session 06:34
02. Rule the Blood 06:43
03. Covenant Colours 07:45
04. Eastern Era 05:38
05. New Canaan 06:55
06. Stasis 07:38
07. Where the Spirits Tread 06:27
08. Dead Weight 06:10
09. Drying Mouths (In a Gasping Land) 07:09
10. Providence 07:28
Line up Markus Myllykangas - Backing Vocals, Guitar
Johannes Nygård - Guitar
Juho Niemelä - Bass, Backing Vocals
Ariel Björklund - Drums
Arto Karvonen - Synth, Samples
Jani Ala-Hukkala - Vocals