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Caliban - The Undying Darkness
Named after the wild and deformed slave in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, Caliban are five German musicians who, despite their young age, are already seen as veterans in the European metalcore scene. Their fifth album, “The Undying Darkness” is once again recorded by In Flames frontman Anders Friden and is provided with a cover design created by Mike D (Killswitch Engage). Even Kreator vocalist Mille Petrozza was invited to sing along on the album.
And it shows. Well, that goes for the production and the cover. The album contains the good, clear production I’m used to from the latest album ‘The Opposite From Within’. The cover however, well…it’s a nice one, but it sure isn’t the greatest design I’ve seen from Mike D. As for the song with Mille Petrozza, I wouldn’t say it’s a great addition to the album, really not that special to me. But let’s cut the crap and see what the music is like on this album!
Well, how shall I say it? I just can’t come up with anything else then: “quite alright”. This album really disappointed me. I expected so much more from these guys this time but unfortunately they seem to have lost their own unique sound I liked so much on their last album. Instead, Caliban sounds way too much like Killswitch Engage on this album in my opinion. A pity, because I know they can do better than this.
The clean vocals are a bit too much for me as well. Sometimes I hear choruses on this album (for example in ‘It’s Our Burden To Bleed’) that are a bit too melodic for some reason. They just don’t do to me what they did on ‘Opposite From The Within’.
To say that this album simply sucks wouldn’t be fair. Instead, the album still has a lot of good parts on it. Though, it disappointed me a little, hopefully the diehard Caliban-fans don’t feel the same like me ‘cause I know this band can do better.
Caliban - The Undying Darkness
68/1001Details Roadrunner Records
Released on Monday Feb 27th, 2006

Writer @Boek on Saturday Feb 18th, 2006

Tags: #Caliban
Tracklisting 01. Intro
02. I Rape Myself
03. Song About Killing
04. It’s Our Burden To Bleed
05. Nothing Is Forever
06. Together Alone
07. My Fiction Beauty
08. No More 2nd Chances
09. I Refuse To Keep On Living…
10. Sick Of Running Away
11. Moment Of Clarity
12. Room Of Nowhere
Line up Andy D�rner – Vocals
Marc G�rtz – Guitar
Denis Schmidt – Guitar
Marco Schaller – Bass
Patrick Gr�n – Drums
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