Caliban

Caliban is natuurlijk geen onbekende in de metalcorewereld. Opgericht in 1997 heeft de band de nodige uitstekende albums op de markt gebracht en wisten ze menige zaal plat te spelen met hun melodieuze, krachtige en opzwepende metalcore. Op 14 mei komt de band met het ‘nieuwe’ album Zeitgeister dat, misschien geheel tegen de verwachtingen in, geheel Duitstalig zal zijn. Nadat zij Sonne van Rammstein als cover hadden opgenomen, kwam de band erachter dat je in je ‘moerstaal’ toch net dat venijn in de teksten kan stoppen waar de muziek soms om vraagt. Zo gezegd, zo gedaan.

Van het nieuwe album is de eerste single Intoleranz van een video voorzien. Het is een bewerking van de compositie Intolerance dat verscheen op het debuutalbum A Small Boy In A Grey Heaven.

Andreas Dörner (zang) over de single en video: “The song was originally called ‘Intolerance’, it is a very old track from ‘A Small Boy In A Grey Heaven’. In a nutshell the motto is: I will stay different. The song is a plea for individualism and individual fulfilment and against intolerance.”

Het ‘nieuwe’ albus is dan ook niet zo nieuw als nieuw is, want de zeven composities zijn allemaal bewerkingen. De compositie nICHts is dan een nieuwe compositie.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but once we allowed us to make them as different from the originals as we felt it was needed it came fairly naturally”, legt gitarist Marc Görtz uit. “Of course, some updating was necessary when it came to translating the songs to German. It turned out to be surprisingly trickyWhile I feel more at home with my native German it made it a lot more complicated, as I had more options to phrase something.”

“Trauma“ (feat. Matthi from Nasty, originally “Arena Of Concealment”)
“Herz” (originally “I Will Never Let You Down”)
“Ausbruch nach Innen“ (originally “Tyranny Of Small Misery”)
“Feuer, zieh’ mit mir“ (originally “Between The Worlds”)
“Nichts ist für immer“ (originally “All I Gave”)
“Intoleranz“ (originally “Intolerance”)
“Mein Inferno” (originally “My Little Secret”)
“Zeitgeister” also boasts a new track, “nICHts”.

While She Sleeps

Nervous is de laatste single die While She Sleeps uitbrengt van het vijfde album Sleeps Society dat op 16 april uitgebracht zal worden door Sleeps Brothers / Spinefarm Records. Op Nervous is een bijdrage te horen van Simon Neil van Biffy Clyro.

“The song ‘NERVOUS’ is one the band has been talking about ever since its first demo. It’s completely infected us since the start and we all knew instantly that something really special had happened. I would go so far as to say it’s the single most important song I’ve ever written in my life. It’s born from experiencing the pain and suffering generated by acute anxiety but also finding a way out from that, which whilst in such a dark and terrifying place felt like the biggest pipe dream imaginable. I felt like if I didn’t write this song then someone else would have. It feels like it needed to be manifested into this world ASAP. I truly believe it’s going to resonate with people on an extremely personal, deep and meaningful level because I feel like it came from a place beyond what we may call ourselves and I feel the song is much bigger than our band. 

I’d like ‘NERVOUS’ to be viewed as more of a spiritual request rather than just a song to enjoy. I’m talking about a particular emotion in this song but the idea is transferable to any negative or troublesome feeling. It’s about accepting your emotions, fears, pains, anxiety, depression – not only accepting them but owning them and becoming one with them completely. It’s about being proud of all our emotions. The song is literally telling you to BE nervous, be scared and be in pain. By this I mean a lot of our pain comes from the idea that there’s me on the one hand and the pain on the other. So when the pain arrives this “me” is somehow trying to get away from said pain. When we really think this through with clarity we inevitably see its a futile endeavour. The moment we realise this, we can stop fighting and running away and we can begin the healing process by feeling the emotions as if we wanted them to be there in the first place. Once you stop fighting and pushing the feelings away, you realise that most of, if not all of, the pain was caused by this attempt to split ourselves in two. Most of the pain was caused by the fear of the pain itself and the attempt to get away from it. It can actually be a good thing to feel these emotions fully and experience that journey of acceptance. If we just sit a little longer with the pain, fully go into the dark, feeling it with every cell of our being, there is a chance of something miraculous to occur for the individual. What do you have to lose? This is what ‘NERVOUS’ is about.

Simon Neil: “I’ve been a big fan of what WSS do, and how they do it, for a long time. When Mat and the boys approached me to be a part of their new record it was a no-brainer and Nervous is a towering statement of intent for their new era. The way WSS have chosen to promote and release this album, and the new model they are creating, excites me for the future and I am delighted to be a part of it.”