Caliginous - _Reap the Atrocity_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (5.5 out of 10)
Only the terminally naïve and insufferably stupid can fail to notice the multitude of misanthropic one man missions crawling out of the woods. The sheer number means that new projects have to work harder to establish an identity separate from their peers, something that Caliginous have failed to do -- unless recording an album at a ridiculously high volume and imbuing it with an excess of tinnitus inducing distortion and feedback can be considered as some sort of innovation.

The preceding paragraph may sound unnecessarily harsh, as his blasphemous odes are far from hopeless. Indeed, sole member Acrimonia is capable of crafting an effective brooding atmosphere during the slower sections and angry Darkthrone inspired blasts. But Caliginous are not the only one to do so, not even in his sub-arctic Canadian home, and whilst one wouldn't switch this off in disgust, only OJ Simpson's lawyer would be able to argue why these heretical hymns should be preferred over virtually any of his peers.


(article published 3/2/2008)

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