Fireworks

CD Reviews

Caligula's Horse - 'In Contact' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/4b/47/ea/caligulas-horse-in-contact-14-1515353711.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 07, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
1043   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Genre

A significant career landmark; a celebration of creativity, packed with treasures to discover.

Caligula's Horse are from the InsideOut and offer something a little different than the traditional Progressive Rock diet that's usually associated with one of the leading Prog labels. Having said that, here they are with a full conceptual release. Not that they're strangers to that notion, 2013's 'The Tide, The Thief & River's End' (sounding rather like a Peter Greenaway film) played out a rebel uprising story over a complete album and secured a place for the band on the Prog Wall Of Fame.

This opus comes with the promise of undertaking broader horizons, whilst also showcasing a more technical side, possibly inspired by the addition of new drummer Josh Griffin. Complex A Cappella parts, a combination of technical and brutal guitar work and some unusual instrumentation are all part of the recipe. The album is divided into four "chapters" that follow the tale of four fictional artists, each of whom is experiencing a struggle to reach for something more in their lives.

It all comes inspired by vocalist Jim Grey's idea that "all forms of art, whether it's poetry, music or painting is an attempt to remember a dream that we all shared at one stage". He's also admitted that the album "...has been an enormous proposition – the stories told feel deeply personal", and indeed they can be guilty as charged, by taking this opportunity to venture into some darker and exploratory directions.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


From short direct songs to the more expansive and epic arrangement, as witnessed in closer 'Graves' (which commands attention throughout its fifteen minutes), the quintet's examination of the hopes, fears and outcomes of the characters is both lyrically and musically compelling. It's an album that rings clear and bright with plenty of punch. The early highlight of 'Will's Song (Let The Colours Run)', a dark and untypically heavy track, never feels like a compromise between the trademark melody and dynamism they aim for. It's perhaps the one track showcasing the potential of the new rhythm section of Griffin and Adrian Goleby, now firmly bedded in and initiating some tight and precise time signatures. Jørgen Munkeby from Shining contributes saxophone and vocals in the final chapter 'Graves'.

Without doubt, an elaborate piece packed with intricate and extravagant technical chops that symbolizes the band's ambitious and creative streak, with 'In Contact' they've delivered a significant career landmark; a celebration of creativity, packed with treasures to discover.

Mike Ainscoe

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  February 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.
  • Transmet1972 : I cant access the files for 2 downloadable mags i purchased. Site wint
  • Graham : Hi guys i wonder if anyone knows what happend to Greg Parker who formed the band Ozz that released 2 Lps in 1980,
  • Berny : HEAVEN'S TRAIL premiere their new lyric video on Rocktopia. Check out the news section ... «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : @Berny did another lyric video for ROYAL HUNT. Pls. check out our news aection and watch the video on YouTube ... «link»
  • Hysteria : @ Rocktopia Team: GREAT SONG & VIDEO!!! Thanks for sharing!
  • Rocktopia Te : EXCLUSIVE Guild Of Ages music video premiere! Check out «link» ! Did you like the video? Please send us your comments!
  • Berny : Check out the new live reviews: http;//livereviews.rocktopia.co.uk

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site