Caligula’s Horse

In Con­tact

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Aus­tralian pro­gres­sive metal band Caligula’s Horse en­joy a gal­lop. Dream The Dead thun­ders in at a rapid pace, de­mol­ish­ing all in its path. Yet when this con­cept al­bum “in four chap­ters” re­mem­bers to breathe, the Bris­bane bruis­ers re­veal other strings to their bow. Melody, mid-tempo rhythms and even a rather lovely choral sec­tion sneak in, sug­gest­ing the band could ap­peal be­yond their fan base if they were a lit­tle braver.

Their fourth al­bum is un­afraid to ex­plore themes of art and cre­ativ­ity. In calmer mo­ments there are sub­tleties which re­call Opeth or Anath­ema, no­tably within the 15-minute eclec­tic epic that is Graves. More of­ten, they’re rag­ing around like a psy­chotic Em­peror. Rein it in and new em­pires will rise.

Prog-metal bliz­zard from Oz.

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