04 February, 2014

Caliban: Ghost Empire – new album


CALIBAN's ninth full-length album, ‘Ghost Empire’, is now (February the 4th, 2014) definitely out, including in North America. Issued through Century Media, ‘Ghost Empire’ was produced by the band's guitarist Marc Görtz in cooperation with Benny Richter, mixed by Klaus Scheuermann and mastered by Olman Viper. Its art was created by Cristopher Lovell. CALIBAN have released three new tunes in promotion of the album, one of those, ‘Devil's Night’, as the official video, courtesy SH Videography. ‘Ghost Empire’ awaits your order (available in multiple formats and featuring guest appearances by CALLEJON's Bastian Sobtzick and TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy) here (CM Distro Europe) and here (CM Distro North America), as well as here (Impericon), here (EMP), on iTunes etc.

Formed in 1997 in Hattingen, Germany, CALIBAN had released their first recording, a self-titled EP, the following year on Lifeforce Records. Followed by relentless touring (as will be all CALIBAN's consequent releases) the bandmembers' assorted experiences on the road found a proper outlet in form of CALIBAN debut studio album entitled ‘A Small Boy And A Grey Heaven’ (1999). After a split with HEAVEN SHALL BURN, 2000's ‘The Split Program’, the hard-working five-piece released ‘Vent’ in 2001 next, followed by ‘Shadow Heart’ in 2003 (Imperium Records). CALIBAN signed with Roadrunner and Abacus Recordings in 2004, through which they issued their fourth full-length, ‘The Opposite From Within’. Their second split with HEAVEN SHALL BURN came out in 2005, followed by 2006's ‘The Undying Darkness’, their second cooperation with Anders Fridén and Andy Sneap.CALIBAN's sixth album, and their first recorded with producer Benny Richter, 2007's ‘The Awakening’, peaked at number 36 on the German charts. In 2009, after signing a worldwide pact with Century Media, the group issued ‘Say Hello To Tragedy’, an album that matched its predecessor's chart success:
“While it’s quite commonplace for bands to mix their heavy metal and hardcore influences together, it’s important to remember that up until the mid- to late '90s, it was not entirely widely accepted by fans of either of the aforementioned genres to commingle. And certainly, one of the first groups to fully integrate both styles into their own sound was the German quintet CALIBAN. On their 2009 release, CALIBAN impressively let it rip as if they were a brand new band, let out of the gate for the first time,” [wrote Greg Prato, AllMusic – more here]
Their eight full-length, ‘I Am Nemesis’, was released through Century Media in 2012, featuring guest vocal appearances by HEAVEN SHALL BURN's Marcus Bischoff and SUICIDE SILENCE's Mitch Lucker (1984 – 2012). Co-produced by Benny Richter and CALIBAN guitarist Marc Görtz, mixed by Klaus Scheuermann at B.B. Serious Studio in Berlin and mastered by J. Oliver Wiebe in Hamburg's Nullzweistudios, the album had entered the German Media Control chart at number 21: 

CALIBAN features: Andreas Dörner – vocals, Marc Görtz – guitar, Denis Schmidt – guitar, Patrick Grün – drums and Marco Schaller – bass 

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