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on 31 March 2009
Does anyone really know what to call Callisto? I hear many people call them an imitation band but that's unjustified because not every band can have a diversely different sound to the next band, it's just not possible. It's like the Six Degrees Of Separation rule for life, each band is connected to another, which in turn is connected to another and so on. Therefore it would be pretty difficult to get a uniquely sounding band every single time. So, from time to time, we have bands who sound similar. What's wrong with taking influence from an artist you love? Well, nothing. Once you add your own spin to your music, why not? Callisto certainly do that. Anyway, in terms of genre. I doubt the argument over what genre this band falls into will ever end. The last reviewer called them progressive doom metal, which i'm inclined to disagree with. I suppose it's probably just wise to stick to the Metal Archives suggestion of sludge, with post-hardcore elements. Though, as the great Nietzsche said, 'There are no facts, only interpretations'. How apt.

When I listen to 'True Nature Unfolds', I hear a lot of influence from bands like Cult Of Luna, Isis and Neurosis. I suppose Callisto cannot escape the Cult Of Luna imitation cries, to an extent. There atmospheric tendencies are similar. Both bands create similar soundscapes. How they do this, well, this would be where the Isis and Neurosis influences come into play. For me, it's an interesting mix. Callisto has the potential to become a 'super' band if their talents are harnessed properly. As of yet, i'm really yet to see Callisto take off from good to brilliant. Considering the fact that the band appear to be writing new material, well, the future leaves me and many others I would assume, with a lot of hope. Misplaced hope? Maybe. There is a worry in the back of my mind that I want this band to succeed because they remind me of other bands that I like. It should be for individual reasons that I want Callisto to perform to the highest standard.

So, 'True Nature Unfolds'. How does it unfold? Well, that's quite simply. Heaviness is the answer. Just like early Isis material, Callisto focus on heavy riffs, which are down tuned to create a pulverising mixture of sound. I'm a fan of how Callisto use a variety of instruments, much like Neurosis, to project a different sound from all of the aforementioned bands. This gives Callisto an edge. A fresh edge. Something which makes them different and it will undoubtedly appeal to a lot of people, like me. If used correctly, instruments like the cello, glockenspiel and others can create a very sorrowful tone for Callisto, something which appears to be running wild in their sound. A sorrowful sound is something that their influences tend to lack, when mixed with that aggressive sound, Callisto offer a diverse range of soundscapes through a variety of emotions.

Pivotal to expressing these themes are the vocals. The growls are particularly typical of sludge based music, and whilst Callisto don't have that murky sound in terms of production that a lot of sludge bands have, it works for them because they can fill that void with their vast array of instruments. This is pleasing. There is a distinctive jazz sound flowing through Callisto when the saxophone begins to hum those harmonious sounds through the air. All the sounds, of every instrument, is carried forward by the vocals. You never get the impression that Callisto are content to simply stand still for a while. The variation in their work doesn't allow such a thing to occur.

Overall, I tend to prefer the debut to the follow-up album. It suits my taste far more. Well worth a look in.
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on 7 May 2005
1st full length offering from this band, and what a start! Main influence would probably be Neurosis, but this album has great individual character and comparisons wont do it justice.
Callisto focus on making epic sound scapes using a mix of massive guitar riffs, dark vocals and atmospheric effects. You never feel to far from the ice cold expanses of Scandinavia that obvioulsly influence the band. The production is superb and really brings out the depth and breadth of the music, tragically the producer, ex-Nasum vocalist Mieszko Talarczyk, was killed in the boxing day tsunami.
The music is often progressive, although repetition is used extremely well in all the right places. Guest appearances consist of some strings, sax and female vocals all of which compliment their respective songs perfectly - but never overshadow the main components. My favourite tracks are 'Worlds Collide' which starts with a quiet guitar lick and moves onto being one of the heaviest moments on the album. Also, 'Storm', a nine minute plus epic which trades haunting female vocals and harsh distorted riffing. However, all the tracks are excellent with no evidence of filler, I could write a gushing review for each one!
Overall, I cannot recommend this album enough if you enjoy atmospheric music that is never far away from being crushingly heavy or if you want something a little different, that strives to create massive songs and will evoke emotion and imagery.
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