1. Warewolves By Day
2.  Solar Eclipse
3.  Busy Signal
4.  28 Years Of No Faith
5.  Fig 5 (Any Questions?)
6.  The Honeymoon Is Over
7.  Nomadworld
   CALIGARI
self-titled

CD | INIT-06

Description:
The debut full-length from this Sioux Falls band, featuring an ex-member of Floodplain and current members of the Blinding Light (on Deathwish Inc.). This is the first widely-available release showcasing the new and improved hardcore/metal Caligari sound with a new vocalist, putting them in the same field as bands like Anodyne and Dillinger Escape Plan. As featured in Maximum Rock N Roll's "Top 10 Punk Albums of 2002" article!

Story:
Since I did the split 7" with Caligari and The Spirit Of Versailles, Terry e-mailed me asking if I had any interest in doing the Caligari full-length, I had booked several shows in Mankato for Caligari and always enjoyed their music, but I totally agreed to do the CD without really knowing what to expect. What I heard when it was finished was amazing and a much more technical and polished and epic version of the band I put out a 7" and had done shows for, now with Terry on vocals and the final and best line-up. I just wish they would have stuck together longer as a band, because this CD is really great and a lot of people will never be exposed to them.

Pressing Info:
1044 copies

out of print

Reviews:

Maximum Rock N Roll #235:
"One of the few bands I've heard lately breathing fresh air into the metalcore genre, Caligari (from fucking South Dakota - wow), is a strange and pleasantly frustrating band to describe. Actually the more I listen to this, the more it's fully kicking my ass. Caligari incorporate some really cool darker, slower, quieter dynamics into the usual metal chugging, but without ever being boring or losing the song, like maybe a mix of Catharsis, Ire, and Cave In before they started sucking ass. In fact, they have some damn interesting and unique songs. Lots of guitar (and vocal) effects used in a tasteful manner that bring to mind Botch, and some occasional Dillinger Escape Plan technicalities, but not overbearingly or annoyingly so. Help these guys out - cuz if they can ever make it the hell out of South Dakota (poor guys), they could be big."- Elliot Lange

HeartattaCk #36:
"7 tracks. Total wall of sound. It's like taking Orchid and turning up the heaviness 500%. This is harsh and dark, but not really metal. It's something new. Total jackhammer fucked up nail me into the ground mother listen to this mean ass mosh part emo hardcore. It's not easy listening I can tell you that much."- Marianne Hofstetter

Fracture #23:
"What is it about bands from the US? They've managed to come up with this great new style of metal/HC which is deadly, and not going in a new direction. This is epic stuff in a way that Old Man Gloom and Isis are going. Those bands seem to have defined this style and now bands such as Caligari are running with it. This lot isn't as bleak but come pretty close. Surging guitars, which build and build leading into roaring vocals and heavy pounding drums. This is a record, which takes you from one extreme to the other, from slow atmospheric parts through to searing metal in a way that doesn't jolt you back and forth. It gels together superbly and is definitely one to sit down and listen to all in one go. With titles like 'Solar Eclipse' and '28 Years Of No Faith' you can see where they're coming from and although this isn't really a negative record it does have a feeling of humanity being worthless and insignificant in the universe which is always a good thing. Hell there's even pictures of insects which seems to be essential for bands wanting to do this style of music. If you are looking for epic metal tinged hardcore you should give this lot a look. Cracking."- Graham Sleightholme

Maximum Rock N Roll #237:
From The "Top Ten Punk Records Of 2002" article: "The only metal-core band in recent memory to really move me. These (South) Dakota kids (I hate to keep making a big deal about where they're from, but (South) Dakota - fuck, might as well be Ulan Bator) embarrass every band on Ferrt or Trustkill. Unfortunately now dead, this band's creative use of guitar effects, lyrical refrains and dark midpace brutality was a welcome surprise that was in my CD player way more than I thought it would be."- Elliot Lange

Wonka Vision Magazine #21:
"Caligari somehow figured out a way to play metal-core with a unique sound. That doesn't mean the release is anything exceptional, but in a genre of music that produces bands a dime a dozen, it's a characteristic that deserves due recognition, also noteworthy is the fact that the band is from nowhere, South Dakota. Heavy, chaos-inducing riffs courtesy of dual guitarists create dissonant and dirty grooves that are accompanied by angst-ridden, screaming vocals. Occasionally this formula is broken to include moments of dark, melodic passages ala Orchid. Unfortunately, I have reviewed and described bands of this genre with teh same redundant vocabulary. Despite avoiding a run of the mill sound, Caligari just doesn't match up to the bands that did it first such as Isis or pre-college rock Cave In. Keep an eye on Init Recirds as they are building a solid roster of bands including Mahkato, Dispensing Of False Halos, and a new EP from Anodyne."- Bill Gordon

Live 4 Metal:
"This is certainly one of the stronger indie band releases I've reviewed in a while. Caligari play from the Converge school of off-kilter time signatures, scathing vocals, and violent attack beats, although they are by no means clones. There are also elements from the Solid State Records brand of screamo, yet I much prefer Caligari's somewhat less throat-shredding vocal style. Don't get me wrong, Terry Taylor's vocals are anything but smooth, just much more decipherable and not relying solely on shrill singing. His style falls closer to the hardcore side of the line. These guys really know how to bring the tension down in a song, utilizing creepy bass lines and suspenseful atmosphere, making the sonic explosions sound even more destructive when they reappear. A mistake made by some other bands of this genre is an over-reliance on minor chord lunacy, resulting in albums that begin to lose all sense of groove and become more noise than anything else. Caligari keeps the arrangements interesting as hell and technically challenging without forgetting about chugging grooves and effective breakdowns. Topping it all off is the fact that these guys hail from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If Caligari is any indication of this city's metal scene, it's time to start paying attention. In addition to bassist/vocalist Taylor, the band is rounded out by Tim Munce (guitar), Adam Jones (drums), and Matt Buol (guitar, groove box, b-vocals)."- Scott Alisoglu