Both originally hailing from the Ruhr Area, the largest agglomeration in Germany, modern metal force CALIBAN and Century Media Records are finally worldwide partners in crime after being neighbours for years and already co-operating for CALIBAN’s last album “The Awakening” for North America. After Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon Century Media Records is delighted to welcome CALIBAN and hence being a home for the trinity of German modern metal.
CALIBAN’s new album “Say Hello To Tragedy” marks a fantastic start for this new global partnership and impressively unites an aggressive, ferocious metal punch with emotive melodies and choruses. Through the course of the record you can discover thrashing viciousness, blasting speed and crushing breaks as well as harmonic clean vocals resulting in an opus rich in contrast and diversity. Songs like the murderous opener “24 Years”, “Caliban’s Revenge” or “No One Is Safe” prove that CALIBAN have developed into an unrivalled modern metal beast captivating the listener with raging heaviness and catchy melodies to equal terms. The album’s concept deals with the question which tragedies happen nowadays or could have been prevented, if people would just open their eyes and at least care a bit about their neighbours, relatives and the world in general. Some songs are entirely fictional whereas other ones refer to real life dramas like the Fritzl case.
“Say Hello To Tragedy” was produced by Benny Richter, co-produced by guitarist Marc Goertz and mixed by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D - the same team directing the previous “The Awakening” that hit the German Media Control Charts on #36.
Formed in 1997, CALIBAN is one of the few German bands who managed to build up an international status in recent years. In North America they toured with labelmates God Forbid, The Red Chord, I Killed The Prom Queen and many more and also stopped at North American Festivals such as Hellfest (Syracuse) and New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. They toured Japan with Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall, played the Beast Feast as well as visited Indonesia, Malaysia and last, but not least Australia as part of the Gigantour with Megadeth, Soulfly and Arch Enemy. Apart from several headline runs they were part of numerous European tours with bands such as In Flames and Devil Driver, Machine Head or Kreator. Also, it doesn’t come as a surprise that you could watch CALIBAN on countless European festivals such as With Full Force Festival (D), Graspop Metal Meeting (B), Summerbreeze (D), Rock am Ring/Rock im Park (D), Wacken Open Air (D) as well as the prestigious Nova Rock (A) and Download Festival (UK). Recently they supported Machine Head and their acquaintances Killswitch Engage on selected shows.
To present their brand-new album “Say Hello To Tragedy” live, CALIBAN will play at several festivals this summer and are confirmed to headline the Beastfest European tour 2009 with labelmates Suicide Silence and Maroon as well as Emmure and After The Burial in October/November 2009.