Coverfield EP
Style: Death/Death core
Release date: 16 May, 2011
Playing time: 13:45

The idea of having younger, established or at least semi-established metal bands pay tribute to their heroes is one I always liked. Remember when Primus did their 'Rhinoplasty' album? It was no less than awesome. Of course Six Feet Under are the cover masters in the death metal/death core genre with their 'Graveyard Classics' series.

Therefore, I come into this with high expectations as I always do when a good band decides to pay homage.

The first tune is Type O Negative's My Girlfriend's Girlfriend. I don't know if it's because this song (and the whole 'October Rust' album) means an awful lot to me and ranges very high on my all-time best-of albums and that I therefore tend to be a bit sensitive, but what Caliban do is a complete rape of the song. In all plainness: I really don't like it! A deathcore scream and grunt where Pete Steele's (R.I.P) ought to, I can't have it.

Caliban fare much, much better with their rendition of Rammstein's Sonne. The deathcore outbursts blend in more smoothly with the mechanical warmth of the slower passages. Excellent cover.

The same can be said of the ultra tight version of At The Gates' Blinded By Fear. Caliban's version is very true to the original (perhaps too true?) and takes no prisoners. Gothenburg death metal onslaught pure and delivered with extreme conviction!

The last track of the EP isn't a big success in my mind. Much respect to Caliban for showing that there are other genres than metal out there and that we wouldn't have rock and metal as we know it today without the likes of the Fab Four from Liverpool, but to be honest; this version of Helter Skelter is no better than Japanese hardrock band Vow Wow's cover from 1989 (the album was entitled 'Helter Skelter', even) - i.e. not good.

All in all a mixed affair from the Germans - the more straightforward simply works best.


01. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
02. Sonne
03. Blinded by Fear
04. Helter Skelter


Label: Century Media
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 40/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 15 May, 2011