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Callisto: Secret Youth

I have to confess that Callisto is a band of which I was totally unfamiliar with before being given Secret Youth to review. I am, however, familiar with Uhrijuhla who could be described as a sister band and mine a seam of similarly cinematic scope. Callisto are somewhat less laid back and noisy than their aforementioned counterparts. I have to say that I find Callisto's somewhat relentlessly grim sound somewhat difficult to get into although Jani Ala-Hukkala's vocals cut through the noise to make a good impression. When the band introduces more obviously melodic elements such as Arto Karvonen's keyboard runs on "Backbone" my interest peaks. It's easy to see why this track was selected as a single and the rest of the album can be placed in the box marked, 'interesting', rather than the one marked, 'essential'.

Track Listing:
01. Pale Pretender
02. Backbone
03. Acts
04. The Dead Layer
05. Lost Prayer
06. Breasts Of Mothers
07. Grey Light
08. Ghostwritten
09. Old Souls
10. Dam's Lair Road

Added: February 5th 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1764
Language: english

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