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Andy Dörner
Marc Görtz
Denis Schmidt
Marco Schaller
Patrick Grün
It’s time to wake up folks!

Not even a year has passed since Caliban’s latest release “The Undying Darkness” and now they are already back with a new smash of an album. Despite the fact that they have been touring most of the time, the guys, including mastermind and main songwriter Marc Görtz, have been highly creative. They found themselves in the studio at the beginning of the year to work on new material, which is sure to surprise many metalcore fans.

The quintet was founded in 1997 as Never Again and renamed shortly after into Caliban. A 2-track demo tape helped to secure their first record deal with renowned hardcore label Lifeforce Records and a self-titled EP followed in 1998. Their first studio album entitled “A Small Boy And A Grey Heaven" was released in 1999. Years of endless touring throughout Europe supporting bands such as Morning Again, Earth Crisis and Cro-Mags have resulted in gaining an excellent reputation among the German hardcore scene. The second studio album “Vent” was released in April of 2001, followed by “Shadow Hearts” just one year later. Caliban’s status was reinforced by their 2004 release “The Opposite From Within" and its follow-up “The Undying Darkness" in 2006.

“The Awakening” marks a consistent continuation of this reinforcement and can be taken literally as an “awakening” album with many positive undertones. The opening track and first single “I Will Never Let You Down” starts off appropriately with “Wake Up, Stand up for everything you want – Let’s go, Let’s live” and leads into an elevated chorus - the band’s trademark. Here singer Andy’s aggressive shouting merges and alternates with guitarist Denis’ clean vocals. “My Time Has Come" or “I Believe" are two classic Caliban anthems. Powerful and highly emotional verses and choruses will make every metalcore fan’s heart beat faster. Unexpected breaks, melodious guitars and Andy’s occasional whispers will have delightful shivers run down everyone’s spine.

Fans of Caliban’s earlier records will also love “The Awakening” since it includes some tracks which follow in the footsteps of older Caliban songs, such as “Life Is Too Short”, which is about leaving the dark past behind and starting anew. “Life is too short to think all through. Life is too short to waste it all”. This song proves that good metalcore does not necessarily have to come from the States.

“Let Go" starts off with an almost progressive drum solo and deals with love and pain - “Love can hurt and that is no secret, but how much pain can I forget”. The dissonant guitars in the mid section of the song almost let you feel this pain before you are pushed into the next verse by drummer Patrick’s double bass, which instantly puts you out of your misery: “Every end is a new beginning, I’m looking forward to rise from the dust!!!”

The title track “The Awakening” surprises with a softer sound, unusual for this band. It begins with a perpetual and melodic piano part which provides a calm and melancholic atmosphere. All of a sudden the other instruments set in and it seems as if singer Andy is tearing it all up.

Caliban’s sixth studio album is “a mix of all the stuff we do best”, according to main songwriter Marc. “The Awakening” combines various elements from past Caliban albums, such as the heaviness of “Shadow Hearts” (2003), the “The Opposite From Within’s” (2004) viciousness and the melody of “The Undying Darkness” (2006). However; the new album is more complex than ever and generally much heavier. “We noticed that the chorus does not always have to be sung in clean vocals”, Marc states. Drummer Patrick adds: “Since Andy is totally capable of doing this we gave him a tad more responsibility on this record”.

All in all, the songs on “The Awakening” sound more grown-up and mature due to the fact that Marc Görtz and producer Benny Richter went into great detail during the pre-production phase at home before entering the studio. This turned out so well that no additional sound engineer was needed. The mixing process was done by metal hero Adam D. of Killswitch Engage and the mastering was done at Prinzipal Studios in Senden.

This year the Caliban are celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are bursting with self-confidence. The new record emphasises this confidence and represents a skilful mix of anthems and aggressive metalcore songs which will surely result in major circle pits and serious mosh action in clubs across the planet. Caliban have duly arrived and more confident than ever:
Don’t tell me who I am, I live my life how I want to!
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