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Founded in Brisbane, Australia in 2011

Taking their name from the mad Roman emperor and his beloved steed Incitatus, CALIGULA'S HORSE is an Australian progressive rock/metal band intent on bridging the gap between dynamic, meaningful songwriting and instrumental prowess.

The brainchild of guitarist, songwriter and producer Sam Vallen, CALIGULA'S HORSE - initially composed of just Vallen and vocalist Jim Grey - released its digital debut "Moments From Ephemeral City" in April 2011, and received instant acclaim from lovers of all strains of progressive music across many continents. Originally intended as a studio-only project, Vallen and Grey put out feelers for a live band soon after the album's release, assembling the current lineup of Geoff Irish on drums, Zac Greensill on guitar and Dave Couper on bass and vocals.

CALIGULA'S HORSE's approach to songwriting is uncompromisingly eclectic, but no less accessible to audiences of all different musical styles. They take influence from such bands and artists as Devin Townsend, Pain Of Salvation, Opeth, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Steve Vai, Frost, Periphery, Karnivool, Muse, Steely Dan, The Beatles, and Frank Zappa amongst many others.

After months of rehearsing the recorded material, and also recording two additional tracks as the "Colossus" EP - released in September of 2011 - the "C-HORSE", as some devotees like to abbreviate it to kicked off with live shows in October 2011. These are early days for a diverse and enthusiastic bunch of young virtuosos, but 2012 looks to be the breakout year for CALIGULA'S HORSE.

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3.91 | 137 ratings
Moments From Ephemeral City
2011
4.06 | 203 ratings
The Tide, The Thief & River's End
2013
3.97 | 209 ratings
Bloom
2015
3.86 | 126 ratings
In Contact
2017

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4.46 | 28 ratings
Colossus
2011

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 Moments From Ephemeral City by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.91 | 137 ratings

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Moments From Ephemeral City
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars In the seemingly endless sea of clinical, Dream Theater worshipping prog metal that's released, it's always nice to have bands like Caligula's Horse to help balance this out. The band's debut album, Moments From Ephemeral City demonstrate a different sort of feel compared to bands such as Dream Theater, still keeping a lot of the technicality and soloing that the genre is so known for, but having it be far more melodic and emotional, more understated in general. This album is far from perfect however, as this contains a fairly mixed bag of songs, along with being structured quite oddly, instrumental tracks spread throughout and ending the album on one of these, provided you don't listen to the bonus tracks. Even with this said, I still find the band and this album to be a breath of fresh air, especially when compared to the countless prog metal bands that are infinitely more generic.

One reason why I find this album quite good despite the uneven nature of it comes down to the fact that while it doesn't always stick the landing, when the album displays something good, it's really good, especially This City Has No Empathy and Alone In The World. This City Has No Empathy starts the album off with its most emotionally powerful moment, the beautiful melodies of the chorus having a certain punch to them despite how pleasantly it's sung, especially with the vocal harmonies giving it a certain ethereal quality. I also love how this album contains deceptively heavy riffs throughout, occasionally even incorporating a djent style with the frequent rhythmic guitar chugging, although there's still plenty of time for soaring guitar solos. Alone In The World is similarly exceptional, showing the 2 extremes of the band, the first half of it being fast and heavy, while the second half takes on a sombre tone that simply takes my breath away. This duality is what really brings out the song however, as both halves would not work anywhere near as well without the other half complementing and juxtaposing it, with an extremely emotional guitar solo tying everything together.

The softer moments on the album tend to also be quite good, SIlence especially, which while somewhat repetitive, has the bittersweet tone of it carry it extremely far, especially given how once again, the band backs everything up with some excellent melodies. My main gripe with the album is how little I find the instrumentals to add to it, yet there are 3 of them on the album. Singularity is essentially based around a single, albeit cool riff as solos are performed over the top of it, it's not bad, but I can't really call it a particularly valuable part of the album, same with Ephemera, despite some vocals near the start. Calliope's Son has a fun, quirky beginning, but again, I don't find myself loving this track all that much, despite its quality being higher than the other 2 present here. I'd strongly recommend listening to a version of this album that includes bonus tracks, as it really ties this album together far better than it otherwise would be left, as Colossus is a great, passionate song that actually displays a somewhat more mature sound by the band, while Vanishing Rites manages to be a highlight. This song starts off with a fun melody that slightly reminds me of a song that you could hear parents singing to their kids, albeit lyrically darker in this case. This melody develops into galloping riffs and another dose of heaviness in general, the delivery of it providing some intensity while maintaining the more understated nature of the band as a whole.

Overall, while this album at times feels somewhat all over the place in terms of quality, with some songs such as Alone In The World being prog metal classics in my eyes, while other songs are extremely forgettable, Equaly Flawed so much so that I forgot to mention it until now. Despite this, I like a lot of what this album does, the more melodic, emotionally charged nature of the album, similar to Karnivool, provides a more fresh take on a genre that can often feel very mediocre with its onslaught of Dream Theater or Animals As Leaders wannabes, and I'd highly recommend this album, even though their later ones get much better.

Best tracks: This City Has No Empathy, Alone in the World, Vanishing Rites

Weakest tracks: Ephemera, SIngularity, Equally Flawed

Verdict: While quite uneven in terms of quality, quite a umber of the songs easily being removable without much change to the album, I'm still quite a fan of the approach taken on this album, despite the Karnivool similarities being quite apparent. Their later albums are better than this, but this is nonetheless worthy of a couple of listens in my opinion.

 The Tide, The Thief & River's End by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 203 ratings

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The Tide, The Thief & River's End
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by ElliotYork

5 stars THE TIDE, THE THIEF & RIVER'S END is a dark, melancholic, and ultimately excellent sophomore album from Australia's best prog band - Caligula's Horse. This is an album full of heavy riffs, soaring vocals and tight songwriting.

Among the band's 4 albums thus far, this one represents quite a unique stage in the band's evolution. It is undoubtedly more focused and fully-realised than their debut, but not quite as accessible as the two albums that have come out since. It also predates the djent influences that they began incorporating on Bloom and went on to make a sizeable part of their sound on In Contact. Thus, THE TIDE, THE THIEF & RIVER'S END deliver's a more classic brand of heavy prog metal in comparison to the modern sound of its successors.

One thing this album shares with Bloom, however, is the ability to deliver intricate and powerful musical journeys in tracks under 10 minutes long. In the modern prog climate of songs unnecessarily exceeding 10 minutes on albums over 60 minutes long, it's refreshing to experience a band who know how to pull this off in a tighter package. Don't get a wrong: I love a long epic as much as anyone, but many bands are guilty of appearing to want to outdo one another and/or themselves by throwing everything and the kitchen sink at their songs. This sometimes comes at the expense of the songwriting itself, so it's great to see a band pulling this off while also practicing some healthy restraint.

This album lacks the slightly more radio-friendly tracks on Bloom, but to its credit they would have been out of place on this more melancholic album anyway. Instead, tracks such as "Gift to Afterthought" and "Atlas" juxtapose catchy vocals melodies with the darker musical passages. "Water's Edge" builds up incredibly from its mellow opening to its frantic close, and "Into the White" takes the listener on an epic soundscape of competing staccato rhythm and lead guitars. "Old Cracks in New Earth" and "Dark Hair Down" are about as aggressive as the band have ever sounded, while "Thief" is a great 'calm before the storm' type of track before the album is closed by the proggy "All is Quiet by the Wall".

This is the most uncompromising the band have ever sounded, and for a voice as serenely pure as Jim Grey's, he does and excellent job of adding a layer of grit to his delivery on this album. The only thing I could possibly think to mark down on this album would be the production, which isn't bad per se, but merely slightly 'thin' sounding compared to the fuller and more dynamic production on Bloom. This, however, is entirely forgivable considering the album was produced independently by an (at the time) up-and-coming Australian prog band. This may be their second album, but it was the beginning of their accession to prog greatness, and gets a very deserving 5 stars from me.

 Bloom by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.97 | 209 ratings

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Bloom
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by ElliotYork

5 stars Over the past few years, Caligula's Horse have cemented themselves as quite possibly the leading act in a flourishing Australian prog metal scene. This is, in no small part, thanks to the tight and dynamic BLOOM, their third album and quite possibly the most representative of the band's excellent brand of prog metal.

Described by the band as a "dynamic" album - in comparison to their much darker sounding sophomore effort - BLOOM definitely does an incredible job of capturing each corner of the band's sound in a cohesive way. That it achieves this is under 45 minutes is commendable, and deserves extra mention in a prog climate where bands have a tendency of dragging albums out to 60-70 minutes. BLOOM, on the other hand, calls back to the LP era of tight 40-45 minute records with zero filler.

The album begins with one of the tightest one-two punches I can recall in recent years, with the beautiful title-track segueing perfectly into the fun and hard-rocking "Marigold". "Firelight" is a radio-friendly track that does nothing to lose its credentials as a worthy prog ballad, which is followed by the adventurous 9 min "Dragonfly". This track alone is a testament to the band's uncanny ability to combine technical, progressive music with accessible melodies. Keep an ear out for Jim Grey's Jeff Buckley-esque vocals on certain verses, which contrast wonderfully against some of the track's more bombastic moments.

"Rust" is a hard-hitting song that clearly takes a healthy amount of influence from the current djent moment, but in a tasteful manner that in no way compromises the band's sound. "Turntail" is another high energy track that combines hard riffs with catchy vocal melodies. After this comes "Daughter of the Mountain", possibly the proggiest track on the record, which manages to deliver a cohesive musical and lyrical narrative in under 8 minutes. This is all capped off by the wonderfully simple "Undergrowth", a subtle album closer that marries Grey's vocals with a sparse acoustic arrangement.

It's not often I call an album flawless, but there truthfully is nothing less-than-great of note here. The album delivers in every regard that it attempts to, and manages to provide a tight, fun, and musically engaging experience with zero filler. It earns ever one of the 5 stars I'm giving it here.

 The Tide, The Thief & River's End by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 203 ratings

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The Tide, The Thief & River's End
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars I'm having no luck at retrieving my former Cylli Kat account. So, I'm posting a few of my old reviews, Hope this is okay with everyone. Originally posted 2014-12-23

This will be my fourth attempt to post a bit of a review of The Tide, the Thief & River's End. (The site was having some issues with accepting my posts previously) I LOVE this album. Staring with the opening line of "Here and now, it ends..." which launches into A Gift To Afterthought all the way through to the concluding song All Is Quiet By The Wall, I love this album through and through. My personal favorites are A Gift To Afterthought, Atlas and Dark Hair Down (which I posted a video of a little while back). Solid from end to end, great guitar, bass and interesting vocal melodies and harmonies, I think this one is a winner! A genuine 5 stars in my opinion. As always, your actual mileage may vary...

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim)

 In Contact by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.86 | 126 ratings

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In Contact
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This album definitely qualifies as one of the top three or four heavy prog/prog metal albums of the year. Though there are many segments in which the similarities to Australian band KARNIVOOL come crashing into my face, this is an extremely well produced album of well-conceived and performed songs.

1. "Dream the Dead" (8:09) great opener--ominous metallic sounds from the opening are soon held in check for the arrival of the gorgeous vocal but they're there: lurking beneath, you can feel them waiting to pounce despite the pretty music and singing. Very KARNIVOOL-like--Karnivool at its best. (9.5/10)

2. "Will's Song (Let the Colours Run)" (4:42) opens with a fairly simple melody played over aggressive djenty guitar chords and machine gun bass drumming. Before the first minute ends, the music scales back to make room for the vocal--which is nice--soft and breathy with great, edgie melodies. The chorus bursts forth again sounding very much like KARNIVOOL--a sound that seems to carry forward into the next verse section as the singer sings in full Ian Kenny voice. Impressive guitar solo at the 2:55 mark. Again, the KARNIVOOL sounds and styles are unmistakable--especially in the chorus--but it's a great sound! (9.5/10)

3. "The Hands are the Hardest" (4:46) Before the age of metal and djent, this could have been a great techno-pop song. Great melodies. Strange that the line "love conquers all" appears in the chorus. The guitar-strum murky final minute is actually awesome! (9/10)

4. "Love Conquers All" (2:21) delicate acoustic guitar arpeggi open this one before rhythm track enters beneath. Multiple guitars set up a melody before everything cuts out, resets, and Jim's vocals start. The multi-voice-supported chorus enters with only a minute left! and then we restore the opening vocal theme for the finish. Simple, odd, pretty. (8.5/10)

5. "Songs for No One" (7:43) opens with voice that is quickly joined by the full-force of the band. Nothing held back here! Almost a "metal shoegaze" guitar sound here! The lyric and vocal, however, fails to grab me while the rest of the music in support is fairly simple--until the quiet passage beginning at 1:40. Effective; gives the listener a better appreciation for the construction of the fuller, heavier passages. At 2:30 there is another lull, this time without vocals, before power chords and drums come bursting back in. Nice variety with djent-guitar during the bridge before the second chorus. The choruses, however, just don't do it for me. Nice vocal-lead guitar handoff at the 4:10 mark--followed by a sweet guitar solo. Another lull at the end of the fifth minute, with whispery vocals and floating guitar notes, sustains itself into a beautiful gentle choral section before we fly back into the fast lane. Vocal growls shout out in the background of the next high-octane instrumental section. An interesting song with some clever highlights and mildly disappointing situations. (9/10)

6. "Capulet" (3:23) gorgeous, emotionally delivered upper-octave vocal supported by acoustic guitar-led trio. I like the middle octave backing of the second voice. I also like the change in upper end dynamics of the guitar and organ in the final minute. Cool! (9/10)

7. "Fill My Heart" (6:42) an edgy, aggressive song with a nice melody that is set up by a catchy chord progression. Interesting contrast between the active drums and simple guitar picking. Deep bass notes sneak in during the third minute. Ominous syncopated instrument play at the halfway point. Long high note singing reminds me of Ian Kenny from Karnivool. Blistering guitar solo in the sixth minute sets up the final repetitions of the chorus. Nice heavy prog song. (9/10)

8. "Inertia and the Weapon of the Wall" (2:57) theatric stage soliloquy--no doubt from some play.

9. "The Cannon's Mouth" (5:56) opens with a very chunky, djenty sound--over which lead guitarist wails intently. When the vocals enter, over a very quiet, spacious foundation of sparse music, it feels/sounds like a continuation of the previous song's thespian vocal delivery, except for the fact that the music amps up to full metal guitar chopping with the choruses. Slow, Ian Kenny-like high-voice singing at the end of the third minute. The chorus gets heavier next time around. Nice melodies. (9/10)

10. "Graves" (15:31) this prog epic contains many moments that remind me of the sounds and work of Poland's 1990s prog revivalists, COLLAGE: instrumental and vocal melodies, synth sounds and even drumming style. Still, the highs and lows and overall effect of the song is not anything that feels innovative or even refreshing; there is nothing new here. And the fact that the chorus starts each time with the familiar words and sound of KARNIVOOL's "We are" detracts and distracts. The presence of piano and sax are different (yet add nothing new or exciting). (8/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 Bloom by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.97 | 209 ratings

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Bloom
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by ProgAlia

3 stars Caligula's Horse have cohesive songwriting, They write slick tracks, binding heaviness and borderline tech 'Marigold' with expansive melancholy 'Dragonfly'. They can knock out tracks that I wouldn't be surprised to hear on the radio 'Rust' or extremely epic and catchy choruses 'Turntail', and songs like 'Daughter of the Mountain' and 'Firelight' show off their progressive credentials. Even closing anthem 'Undergrowth' pretty much convinced me that I'd purchase an acoustic record written by these gentlemen. The variety of styles and the ease with which the band moves between them demonstrates a love for, and mastery of, varied influences and styles. Such twists and turns call to mind bands like The Dear Hunter, Katatonia, or even Swedish gladprog Kaipa. If there's one downside here, I think it's that Bloom is less varied in its writing than its predecessor. Certain quotes or melodies, phrasing and tone can make Bloom seem repetitive. And while Grey is a dynamic singer, one can get the sense he thinks a song isn't a good song unless he's used every last octave in his range. But since this record is littered with excellent moments, stellar performances from all the musicians'once again putting on display the immense talent that seems to be cropping up in the Australian scene'and only a single misstep in 'Burn,' this nagging sense of repetition is merely background noise.
 In Contact by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.86 | 126 ratings

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In Contact
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars Okay; first listen; Bleh... Second listen; Meh... Third listen... Hmmm... Errrrr, What?!?!?!? Fourth listen; Okay, Now I'm getting it!!! Fifth and beyond: I Love this album!!!

This is NOT going to be the masterwork of Caligula's Horse. They are one or two albums away...

And when THAT happens, heaven help us...

Despite the ever rotating cast of characters, Caligula's Horse (at the core: Sam Gallen, Jim Grey and Dave Couper), still find a way of making relevant, absolutely outstanding progressive metal. And (ever so much) more...

This does to me what Close to the Edge, The Underfall Yard, and so many other albums have done to me: It makes me pick up my guitar and learn every note... If only for the chorus of "Dream the Dead" alone, I'd give this 5 PA stars, but there is SO MUCH More to be found here...

The vocals and writing of both Jim Grey and the guitars of Sam Vallen make this a five star to me... Once I start with this band, I don't stop for days...

Obviously, your mileage may vary... Best $17.00 (U.S.) I've spent this year...

Grace and peace, Cylli

 Bloom by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.97 | 209 ratings

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Bloom
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Bucklebutt

3 stars This album came with a sticker on the front stating something along the lines of.. 'For fans of Opeth, Haken, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, and Riverside' which is pretty fitting albeit broad. The biggest similarities can be drawn between Karnivool or Haken (they are kind of a mix of these 2). The Porcupine Tree comparison is a bit of a stretch.

Bloom: This is an excellent album opener, providing a good look at what is to come. The song starts off slow and quiet then builds and 'wakes up' quite literally with a burst of energy. The track rocks for a few more minutes and abruptly ends in a wonderful transition into the next track. Much like Fly On A Windshield leading into Broadway Melody of 1974 by Genesis, for this song to be heard how it was meant, it must be followed by the next track. Not a good track for shuffle but as an opener it is fantastic. 5/5

Marigold: Absolute beast of a track. The super catchy guitar riffs and vocals, particularly during the chorus, are bound to get stuck in your head for days, for which the only cure is to listen to it more! Favorite track on the album and only made better if listened to immediately following the opener, Bloom. 5/5

Firelight: This song slows it down a bit and treads into poppy territory. Not a bad song, catchy, but pretty mediocre. 3/5

Dragonfly: I'm having a really hard time finding any redeeming parts of this song. The guitar solo is alright, as well as some of the parts following, but overall this song feels as if it is an exercise in this type of music rather than any new. 2/5

Rust: Oh hell yeah! This song makes me want to hop into a mosh pit even after nearly a ten year hiatus! Only complaint is that the chorus feels a bit weak. 4/5

Turntail: Like Firelight, this song treads into poppy territory but unlike Firelight, this song is wonderful, blending the poppy catchy sections with their heavy riffs wonderfully. Did I say Marigold was my favorite track? Maybe it's this. This is the track that might have got Porcupine Tree's name on that sticker. 5/5

Daughter of the Mountian: A slower melodic jam that has some interesting moments but is largely forgettable and passable. The outro is pretty good. 3/5

Undergrowth: This song left a bad taste in my mouth. It immediately reminded me of the outro to Changes by Karnivool on Sound Awake. To me it seriously sounded as if the drum solo at the end of Changes should kick in right at the end of this track. The lyrics wrap up the album well enough. 2/5

Overall this is a solid release and I'm very excited to see what is to come with this band. 3.5/5 really.

 The Tide, The Thief & River's End by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 203 ratings

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The Tide, The Thief & River's End
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars CALIGULA'S HORSE are a Prog-Metal band out of Australia and this is their second release from 2013. They remind me of fellow Australians ARCANE with the way they contrast the heaviness with the mellow and also both bands have very emotive vocals. This is a concept album about isolation, exodus and the human spirit overcoming insurmountable odds.

"A Gift To Afterthought" opens with guitar that reminds me of IRON MAIDEN but then it turns heavy before that guitar line returns along with vocals and drums. Man these guys can change the tempo and mood so quickly and often over the course of a song. "Water's Edge" is a really enjoyable tune with it's laid back sound with vocals. Double tracked vocals before 4 minutes with acoustic guitar in this feel good section. Then it all hits the fan 5 1/2 minutes in without vocals at first with some killer guitar over top. It stays heavy to the end.

"Atlas" has a relaxed intro then it's the drum show as it all turns powerful with the vocals in tow. Contrasts continue. An okay tune. "Into The White" opens with piano before reserved vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and a beat take over. It's building 2 1/2 minutes in but not for long as a calm arrives as contrasts continue. I really like the pastoral sound after 5 minutes then it's heavy again a minute later.

"Old Cracks In New Earth" is intense to start, complex and heavy. It mellows out before 3 minutes then it's building after 5 minutes as the heaviness returns. "Dark Hair Down" is heavy with riffs to start, love the guitar solo that comes out of that. A calm follows before it kicks back in with vocals. Another calm but it's brief. A guitar solo lights it up around 4 1/2 minutes then back to the heaviness. Great ending to this one.

"Thief" is a short ballad-like tune with fragile vocals, atmosphere and acoustic guitar leading the way. "All Is Quiet By The Wall" has this heavy duty intro with some ripping guitar before we get a calm with reserved vocals. It picks up and the vocals continue only more passionate here. Excellent instrumental section 4 minutes in as they are shredding it up. This section ends with a scream but it continues heavy until another calm arrives as contrasts continue.

This just hasn't clicked with me but the instrumental work is outstanding.

 Bloom by CALIGULA'S HORSE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.97 | 209 ratings

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Bloom
Caligula's Horse Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat

5 stars Following in the wake of (the exceptional, and should most certainly be included in the collection of any prog-metal fan) "The Tide, The Thief & River's End" (Which remains as one of my all-time top 10 favorites), Caligula's Horse comes back with another wonderfully enjoyable epic: Bloom.

Truth be told; when I first gave the album a run-through, I was only going to give it 3.5 to 4 stars, as I guess I was expecting "The Tide" part II, and how does a band follow up on one of your top top albums ever?!?! - It should be noted that I have been a great admirer of this band since the "Colossus" EP & "Moments From Ephemeral City" Albums, but "The Tide" just knocked me right out of my shoes, so to speak...

This was an absolutely unfair way for me to approach this album, which is (upon subsequent listenings) showing Caligula's Horse doing exactly as they should be: maturing, growing, and expanding their vocabulary. This album is truly BRILLIANT!!!

Everything on this album has its place and it is placed correctly, indeed. The songwriting and production are top-notch, and the playing by all members is absolutley flawless, add to that the vocals of Jim Grey soaring majestically above it all, and you have another Caligula's Horse masterpiece!

This is going to have to go on my 5 star most highly recommended albums to all of you out there in progarchives land that are fans of progressive metal as I certainly consider "Bloom" to be Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

As always, your actual mileage may vary... Grace and peace, Cylli Kat

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