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Thursday, September 17, 2009

9/23: Caliban at Peabody's

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

What sort of metalcore band takes its name from a Shakespeare character? And we’re not talking about one of the major players from your high-school lit class either. Being able to namedrop Caliban — a deformed monster of a man who lurks in the Bard’s lesser-known The Tempest — shows that this band has got some brains behind its metal-influenced hardcore brawn. One listen to this German group and you’ll realize these guys have a heady appreciation for all things melodic. That’s kept them relevant for more than 10 years in a genre that births and kills bands with the regularity of an assembly line. Caliban’s recently released seventh album, Say Hello to Tragedy, is no different. Syncopated jackhammer riffing and grim shrieks are complemented by leads that can actually be called hooks, rafter-seeking choruses and surprising structural twists. Like Shakespeare’s strangely eloquent monster, Caliban is a brutish, feral band that can express itself in a number of intelligent and creative fashions. All Shall Perish and Born of Osiris share the bill at 6:30 p.m. at Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999). Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door. — Matt Whelihan

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