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There comes no end to the number of quality depressive metal/rock bands from Finland. Callisto is the latest to be added to the impressive list. This band from Turku made a brilliant debut album, positioning itself comfortably close to deities of the melodic dark metal genre like mid period Katatonia and Opeth.

The ten songs offered on this album are very diverse in terms of their structures, execution and general "feel". However despite the variety, the album stays beautifully focused, as all tracks are inspired by a similar emotion of melancholy. Apart from the abovementioned bands, glimpses of acts as diverse as Neurosis, Mar De Grises, Ulver and Godspeed You Black Emperor! come to mind.

Although the main vocal delivery is limited to harsh grunts and screams, a plethora of session musicians and guest vocalists add depth, emotion and essence to the compositions. Be it the addition of ambient landscapes, the use of such "unconventional" (for rock standards) instruments as glockenspiel, saxophone and cello, unexpected female vocals etc: each track hides a pleasant surprise, an unusual twist, an extraordinary moment of excellence.

Callisto managed to produce a dark metal album of very high and consistent quality. It is a strong recommendation to anyone who enjoys emotion, melody and genuine melancholy in their music (and who doesn’t?).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. 31 46’ N, 35 14’ E
2. Blackhole
3. Limb: Diasporas
4. Cold Stare
5. Storm
6. Caverns of Khafka
7. Like Abel’s blood cried for revenge
8. Worlds Collide
9. Masonic
10. The Great Divorce

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes

Visit the Callisto bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Hate Your Guts Records
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