Caliban – Dystopia

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Reviewed: June 2022
Released: 2022, Century Media Records
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis

Let me start off with a statement regarding my musical palate: metalcore is not a genre I go out of my way to explore as it has irritated me for as long as I’ve been aware of metal/rock/alternative genres. Therefore, it is no surprise I went into the latest album by Germany’s Caliban: Dystopia, with a good deal of prejudice burned into my eardrums.

The title alone could have been a tad more subtle as it is clear from the get-go that the band are commenting on the global social problems that we saw over the past two years. But it would be a little unfair to say they made a bad album when you realize that this band’s longevity in the German scene makes them ideal material for a “gateway band”. By that I mean Caliban are a band lots of German metalheads will start with, hence the simplistic yet effective lyrics, musicianship, and politics.

With all decent metalcore releases we have our fair share of breakdowns and a mix of growled, screamed, and clean vocals to reflect the general feelings of the band, which could translate into the zeitgeist of a young person who is angry about the issues brought about by covid and lockdowns as seen on “VirUS” and “sWords.”

Overall, I found this album to be something I could mildly stomach, but it is fair to say Caliban know their audience and has arranged it in a manner that would attract new members of any scene who have turned to metal as a way out from the hardships of current social issues.

A decent addition to any metalcore collector’s list which is not my forte but one many would dig elsewhere.



1. Dystopia
2. Ascent of the Blessed
3. VirUS
4. Phantom Pain
5. Alien
6. sWords
7. Darkness I Became
8. Dragon
9. Hibernate
10. mOther
11. The World Breaks Everyone

Band line-up:

Marc Görtz – Guitars (lead)
Andreas Dörner – Vocals (clean)
Denis Schmidt – Guitars (rhythm), vocals (clean)
Patrick Grün – Drums
Marco Schaller – Bass

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