Caligula’s Horse – ‘In Contact’ (InsideOut) Print
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 04:00

Caligulas Horse artworkI can only think of two famous bands from Brisbane, Australia, the first being multi-platinum, big teeth disco icons The Bee Gees. The other one is The Saints, the classic punk pioneers who in 1976 managed to lay down the foundations of punk rock from Brisbane at exactly the same time as The Ramones and the Sex Pistols did from the more salubrious cities of New York and London respectively. Like the Ramones and the Pistols, the Saints played raw, stripped down, punchy punk rock as a reaction the overblown and distant progressive rock prevalent in the mid-seventies.

 

However, if the Saints thought they’d wipe out prog forever, they weren’t successful, as several decades later, Brisbane has produced one of the leading lights of the Australian progressive rock scene in Caligula’s Horse.

 

‘In Contact’ is the band’s fourth album, and their second for leading prog label Inside Out. It’s a concept album discussing the nature of art and creativity over four separate chapters and is undoubtedly progressive – it’s conceptual and the songs are mostly very lengthy. The album veers in the progressive metal direction, in the slicker, more melodic end of that spectrum.

 

That’s not to say it doesn’t have its heavier moments, and indeed tracks like the lengthy ‘Dream The Dead’ and ‘Songs For No One’ and the more succinct ‘Will’s Song (Let The Colours Run)’ and ‘The Cannon’s Mouth’ all pack a powerful metallic punch. ‘The Hands Are The Hardest’ has an altogether lighter, groove laden feel and ‘Capulet’ takes that groove into the album’s most mellow, acoustic moment and in doing so produces an album highlight, with hugely impressive harmonised vocals. ‘Graves’ closes the album with the obligatory mammoth epic, this one clocking in at over the fifteen minute mark, covering many of the moods of the album, from heavy riffing and shredding guitar solo, to reflective mellow passages, a splash of jazzy saxophone, and more of those lush harmonised vocals.

 

 

‘In Contact’ is an incredibly well executed slice of progressive metal at the more melodic end of the scale, with excellent musicianship and vocals to match.

 

‘In Contact’ is released on 15 September. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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