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True Nature Unfolds - Callisto

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Callisto / Audio CD released 2005-03-28 at Earache

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      06.04.2008 15:58
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      Callisto's first album (2004).

      However diverse and intricate Callisto's albums may be on occasion, the first minute of 'True Nature Unfolds' reveals all of this Finnish band's clear influences from the international post-metal scene. Inspired by the likes of Isis, Neurosis and Cult of Luna in particular, with a dash of traditional Mogwai post-rock thrown in, this album won't hold any surprises for those versed in the genre, but it's still one of the finer examples I've heard outside of the aforementioned elite.

      This is essentially mood music with a dynamic twist, more something to die to than settle down and relax, but the hardcore elements exemplified by Markus Myllykangas' yelled vocals are the main downfall in my opinion, or at least the main element that prevents me from becoming completely enveloped, however low they've been turned down in the mix. Although this album isn't slow throughout, that's certainly the lasting memory that's retained, and it's more effective when the band attempts to inject melodic elements than when they're simply ripping off Mogwai, slowly strumming the same power chord for ten seconds before shifting up a note and continuing.

      The songs follow similar styles, but are kept different largely through contrived structures. 'Blackhole' and 'Like Abel's Blood Cried for Revenge' are content to be as cacophonous and ponderous as can be, while 'Limb: Diasporas' and others are kept lighter and more atmospheric by stifling the louder elements. There's even a distinct sludge-doom influence in the riffs of 'Storm' and 'Masonic' that cement the Neurosis comparison further, making this an interesting and satisfying amalgamation of post-metal influences, if not the most inventive album in the world.

      1. 31 46'N, 35 14'E
      2. Blackhole
      3. Limb: Diasporas
      4. Cold Stare
      5. Storm
      6. Caverns of Khafka
      7. Like Abel's Blood Cried for Revenge
      8. Worlds Collide
      9. Masonic
      10. The Great Divorce

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 31 46'N 35 14'E
    2 Blackhole
    3 Limb Diasporas
    4 Cold Stare
    5 Storm
    6 Caverns Of Khafka
    7 Like Abel's Blood Cried Revenge
    8 Worlds Collide
    9 Masonic
    10 The Great Divorce