Reviewed: June 2022
Released: 2022, Century Media Records
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.