Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End review
|Album:||The Tide, The Thief & River's End|
|Release date:||October 2013|
01. A Gift To Afterthought
02. Water's Edge
04. Into The White
05. Old Cracks In New Earth
06. Dark Hair Down
08. All Is Quiet By The Wall
2013 was a great year for progressive metal fans as long as they knew where to look. A perfect example of a hidden gem of an album was Caligula's Horse second studio album. The Australian combo managed to bring their dynamic vision of alternative metal blended with progressive metal not without evoking current greats such as Karnivool, Haken and Leprous.
Overall the sound is more geared toward traditional prog fans with passages completely devoid of metal elements. Jazz elements dropped here and there, groovy bass lines a la Rush coming from the baseline, and multiple harmonies that have more in common with traditional rock added in for good measure, all of those make for a surprisingly fresh blend of music.
Vocalist Jim Grey is at times close to Einar Solberg (Leprous), at times close to Lars Eric Si (Winds). His vocals are fresh and haunting at the same time. For me, his vocals are one of the killer components beside the prominence of acoustic guitars and unabashed rhythmic breaks.
The main attraction of their music has to be the seamless simplicity with which the band transgresses genres within the same track. This is the mark of an accomplished band. It is almost scary at times how much I end up enjoying a song that initially leaves me with the impression of detached indifference.
Compared to their debut album Moments From Ephemeral City, their latest album has a more polished sound. Some might say too clean even. But for this type of music I find it absolutely justified. The songs are perhaps less adventurous but more thought-through and well-rounded. Regardless, both albums deserve your full-fledged attention.
The margin of progression of Caligula's Horse is enormous. All things considered, this bold band from Brisbane have managed to bring their fresh vision to the world of progressive metal. An album definitely recommended for fans of Karnivool, Haken, Leprous, Demians, Riverside, as well as modern incarnations of Opeth and Katatonia and other great progressive outfits with hints and structures of metal music.
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