Caliban The Opposite From Within (Abacus Recordings / Century Media Out Now) — This album is from the band Caliban, who are supposedly known as the German Kings Of Metalcore! Well I have never heard about this band, until I found out they had In Flames Vocalist Anders Friden produce this album, and around the same time were touring Europe with In Flames and Devildriver. Also, being on Century Media will also help the band’s profile. But the main question has to be… is this band ready to start making their name in the big-time? After listening to this album (a few times) I would have to say no! Some of the albums stronger cuts are the first song The Beloved and the Hatred and continues with I’ve Sold Myself and Stand Up]. After that, the album pretty much falls flat on it’s face, and can barely pick itself back up. Senseless Fight is probably one of the worst cuts on this album and sounds nothing more than a really bad Killswitch Engage impersonation. My Little Secret is definitely the worst cut on the album and is especially horrid. I always find myself pushing the skip button when these tracks come on to be honest. However, this album does recover itself at Track 11 Diary Of An Addict.
Caliban had the power with this song of pulling the listener into the music… I actually felt what every note and word of the song was trying to convey. Cover Artwork looks cool, but is nothing more than a basic metalcore album cover, and the rest of the CD artwork isn’t anything special either. This album might have the potential of tricking me, and might end up one of my favorite albums of all time in a couple of months time, and I do find myself digging the album more as I listen to the album while reading the lyric sheet. Unless you are a Caliban fan, or fan of emotional metalcore in general, I would recommend skipping this album in the CD racks for the time being. Price Ranges: 15 US Dollars in stores. Not worth it in my opinion! For Fans Of:[Killswitch Engage, From Autumn To Ashes, Eighteen Visions, 36 Crazyfists, Shai Hulud, Underoath Ratings: 2 / 5 – said Joshua V. on Nov 11, 2004