CALO is a unique and aggressive 3 piece independent rock band from Cleveland, OH. Deliberato is their first full length album that moves smoothly from movement to movement in a continuous flow of sonic precision. Melodic and intense, each song sounds different from each other, which puts the band in between categories meant to define what that band sounds like.
Casual listeners might dismiss Calo as another group of Tool imitators. That''s because the first two cuts on its debut album are built from the bottom up. Besides, Calo''s namesake sibs — Mike on bass, Dave on drums — construct some wicked tribal rhythms that are as complex as anything Maynard''s crew ever recorded. But stick around awhile, and you''ll hear other influences on De Liberato. Most inviting is the melodic punk of "Mass Direction" and "Omni on Anonymous." Meanwhile, many of the sample-heavy industrial tracks employ atmospheric noise blasts that drive home singer and guitarist Vince Deliberato''s anti-religion screeds.
-Matt Gorey; Scene Magazine
Trying to sound something like the artier metal of System of a Down or Tool, Calo''s latest effort, De Liberto, is an ambitious effort. As far as this three-piece goes, the more experimental these guys get, the better. The off-kilter percussion intro to "Contract" gives way to a Primus-like bass riff and some seriously atmospheric guitar work. Sometimes the band gives in to convention. A prototypical metal guitar chord progression and "live free or die" attitude is at the core of "Mass Direction," and the monotone vocals of "Amotion" make the song sound a little too much like Metallica. And yet the tunes still have some nicely avant qualities, thanks in part to heady time signature changes.
-Jeff Niesel; Free Times
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