Andreas Dörner – vocals
Denis Schmidt – guitar, vocals
Marc Görtz – guitar
Marco Schaller – bass
Patrick Grün – drums
2. Mein schwarzes Herz
3. Who I Am
4. Left For Dead
5. Crystal Skies
6. Walk Alone
7. The Ocean’s Heart
9. For We Are Forever
11. No Dream Without A Sacrifice
I always listen to an album at least once all the way through before reading the blurb that comes with it. I was quite excited about listening to Caliban, as whilst not being overly familiar with all their back catalogue, I remember enjoying ‘Say Hello to Tragedy’ some years back.
I listened to ‘Gravity’ and then read their description :
“While the majority of the scene is aiming for a more melodic and overall accessible sound CALIBAN are plunging into darkness with their new album and heaviest offering to date, Gravity.”
In a word – no.
No, this is not the heaviest this band has ever released, no it’s not plunging into darkness and no this is not going the other way to the majority of the scene.
As you’d expect from a band that’s been around nigh on 20 years, they are exceptionally tight; the musicianship here is absolutely top notch. Even better than the musical prowess is the production, which is undeniably crisp and polished. If this is what I’m rating the album on then they get a firm 5/5.
But that’s not everything. There are moments when it sounds unbearably poppy, as if they are deliberately trying to make a commercially successful album. I found nothing original in this album at all. The lyrics of ‘Paralyzed’ include “you fucking prick, you make me sick…”. I was hoping it would improve, but then you get ‘For We Are Forever’ with “wake up…the world is fucked” – this has got to be aimed at the teenage angst market, but these guys are what, late 30s/40s? ‘brOKen’ is easily the weakest track on the album for me, it’s both forced and mawkish. The end of the album is better. I personally liked “No Dream Without A Sacrifice” the best as it seemed to hark back to a candour that the earlier three quarters of the album lacks.
If you’re looking to buy a well made, middle of genre, accessible metalcore album then you will probably be exceedingly happy with your purchase here. If you’re between the ages of 13-17 then you’ll probably love it to bits. But I found nothing new or different, and if anything I thought it was a step back for them as a whole. 5/5 for production and 0/5 for originality