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   KALIBAN
The Tempest Of Thoughts
2003
Low Frequency Records
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rating: 4/5

1. Intro
2. Orchard
3. Carnal Cage
4. The Angel
5. Forever In Bloom
6. The Crimson Ark
7. Call Of Siren
8. My Songs Silent
9. Time To Burn
Kaliban, the band was formed in 1994 by Toni Kettunen, Henri Peltola and Mertsi Helppi, who shared the passion for aggressive music. First demo with the title "Celestial Sounds" got released in July 1995. By then their style was roughly death metal. After next fall bassist Olli Simola joined and in August 1996 their second demo, "From The Darkest Season" got released, which featured more advanced material. Summer 1997, with their demo called "Divine Landscapes", the sound got more atmosphere from keyboards and female vocals.

With their first self-financed full-length album "The Tempest Of Thoughts" which was recorded in Astia-studio and produced by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom and Sinergy), they caught an interest from Mastervox Records and eventually a licence contract from Low Frequency Records. Kaliban and their guest musicians created a melodic death metal album with a big pinch of power and heavy metal sound, some gothic atmosphere and folk-ish influence. With the sitar and didgeridoo they give the album a special touch, but the band hasn't really created something new. I could tell right away who has produced it and without knowing their history that this band comes from Finland. Don't take this negative, I like the way most bands keep the spirit of their country. If you like that melodic mix of styles and a mix of death vocals with female ones (Kaisa Jouhki), and you're into bands like Children Of Bodom, then you should check out "The Tempest Of Thoughts".

This debut is a good and interesting album, even if I think that the band hasn't reached their full potential yet. The style mix hasn't reached the full maturity and the recording/production could have been a bit better, some parts sound a bit sloppy...

submitted by Silkie 03.05.2003

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