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Reversed the polarity - 1%

zeingard, December 2nd, 2009

Callisto aren't the most well-known band but it's with good reason; their first two LPs were more or less brought to people's attention thanks to the popularity of the whole "Post-Metal" movement. They played a fairly competent but ultimately derivative style similar to mid-era Cult of Luna which made those albums worth a listen but hardly essential. Now with 'Providence' their sound has changed and thus they can at least safely claim they're no longer another faceless, derivative band that are simply riding on the coattails of scene's success. However, as with any change in a band's musical direction there are noticeable side-effects with the most prominent being that 'Providence' is fucking boring.

It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that 'Providence' is little more than the quiet sections from the first two albums strung together, ironed flat and stretched out to an hour with a few heavy riffs scattered about with no forethought put into their placement. It's impossible to articulate just how unfathomably dull and forgettable this album is; every song is driven by a basic bass line on which the guitars play lead lines that attempt to be "ethereal" while the vocalist sounds like a cross between Matt Bellamy and a less whiny Chris Martin. Every second or third song the band will throw out some power chords in an effort to evoke a sense of dynamics but these sections are painfully short-lived and the band is back to spewing out some awful post-rock riffs that sound like God Is An Astronaut's music put through a filter that removes all the awesome. The one time things look even slightly promising is during "Drying Mouth (in a Gasping Land)", probably because it is the closest they come to their previous style but even then it's comes off as being fairly pedestrian and uninspired.

If it was Callisto's intention to distill the pure essence of boredom and tedium into an audio-based format then 'Providence' is a phenomenal success, but as a piece of music to appreciate and enjoy it is resounding failure. 'Providence' is a lifeless and hollow album, kind of like a freshly risen zombie; it wanders about bumping into walls and doors, occasionally making an assortment of unpleasant noises at anything vaguely humanoid in shape before falling into an open ditch and flailing about uselessly. Avoid.