Caliban New Album “I Am Nemsis” out 2/28/12 on Century Media

By on February 15, 2012

I Am Nemesis
Street Date: February 28, 2012

“You gotta be fucking kiddin’ me!?” – is the simple,but striking first line of “We Are The Many”, the opening track of CALIBAN’snew opus I Am Nemesis. This question runs like a common threadthroughout their eighth studio album which addresses the downsides of humanity:loss and fear, greed and avarice, lies and deceit, madness and loss of control.

CALIBAN continues to be one of the spearheads ofGerman Modern Metal (alongside label-mates Heaven Shall Burn) and once again,have put their lyrical focus towards serious topics.   The band hasalways devoted themselves to bringing attention to the wild, chaotic anduncontrollable things in our world.  Where others flinch in exposingcontroversy, CALIBAN calls a spade a spade.

“The lyrical concept of the album is a continuation ofour last record Say Hello To Tragedy,” says vocalist Andy Dörner. “It issocio-critical and points out things that go wrong in the world, at least inour eyes.”  The new songs touch on numerous issues including how thepublic is being more easily influenced by the media (“Broadcast To Damnation”),how people are disrespected via the internet (“Modern Warfare”), how theexample of oil is being used to exploit our planet (“Edge Of Black”) and thetopics of fascism (“Dein R3.ich”) and loss (“Memorial”).

To say that this is CALIBAN’s most versatile recordwould be an understatement.  In between growling metal storms, in a numberof spots the tempo slows at the exact right moment allowing for a perfectamount of clean vocals to come through. Marcel Neumann from German deathcoredestroyers We Butter The Bread With Butter contributed both gang vocals andkeyboards into the mix and Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence, Marcus Bischoff ofHeaven Shall Burn and As Blood Runds Black all contributed beastly guestvocals.  The album as a whole delivers a constant balance betweenunrestrained aggression and catchy melodies.

Lead guitarist Marc Görtz describes their sonicapproach to I Am Nemesis: “The album breaks new soil without forgettingour roots. There are new influences such as shimmering guitar melodies andtechnical grooves with Meshuggah-like heaviness. In some songs we added anadditional few pounds to make them even heavier. We wanted to record a verydiverse album that has several fast tracks but also some slow and brutal moshsongs.”

With their prime focus on song writing, CALIBAN spentten months perfecting I Am Nemisis – twice as long as previous releases– and the long, hard work has paid off leaving the German quintet more thanhappy with the final result. “It was important to us to have an elaborate albumwithout any fillers, at least in our eyes. Additionally the sound of the albumis the best we’ve ever had by far: it is heavy and brutal without beingchaotic,” summarizes Görtz. The guitarist himself co-produced the album withBenny Richter.  I Am Nemesis was mixed by Klaus Scheuermann in the B.B. SeriousStudio in Berlin and mastered by J. Oliver Wiebe inHamburg’s Nullzweistudios.

Continuing an impressive 15 year career, CALIBAN is asstrong as ever.  Around the release of the album, the berserk Germanmetallers will embark on a massive European tour, set to redefine all musicallimitations.

Andreas Doerner – vocals
Marc Goertz – guitar
Patrick Grün – drums
Denis Schmidt – guitar & vocals
Marco Schaller – bass


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.