CALIGULA’S HORSE

Bris­bane’s pro­gres­sive rock­ers fail to seek out a port in their storm

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

An­other ex­port to add to the pile of ex­cel­lent pro­gres­sive bands from Oz, Caligula’s horse have gone full prog with In Con­tact. Its djenty riffs and allover-the-place rhythms aren’t a mil­lion miles away from 2015’s Bloom, while the soft croon­ing on Dream The Dead and Love Con­quers All is rem­i­nis­cent of the dream-state style of Tesser­act. The prob­lem – if you can call it that – with prog is that you rarely experience an an­chor. This is an al­bum with mul­ti­tudi­nous sonic switches that, while thank­fully not a noo­dle-fest, can leave you beg­ging for a catchy cho­rus. Even the big, fat, epic in­tro of Fill My Heart is re­gret­tably short-lived while the three­minute spo­ken tirade to­wards the end is just weird. But when all is said and done, In Con­tact is a finely tuned, in­ven­tive ef­fort that bris­tles with crys­tal-sharp clar­ity.

FOR FANS OF: Kar­nivool, Tesser­act, An­i­mals As Lead­ers

HOLLY WRIGHT

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