Pitch Black Effects
2/19/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Callenish Circle - Pitch Black Effects - 2006 - Metal Blade
Without producer Gail Liebling (Gail Of God), "Pitch Black Effects" would probably be just "okay" if not "good". It has the bombastic drum drills, the high and low screams, a great sense of melody and groove, and some thought provoking lyrics. At times the band extend well beyond the delights found on their last two albums, really moving into more complex and well arranged structures that really define today's "thinking man's metal". But with Leibling behind the control panel, the good turns great.
Leibling of course gives this whole recording an awe inspiring production job, completely understanding the mechanics and technical precission needed for an album like this. The whole record sounds absolutely amazing, almost as if one is competing for sonic authority in a factory of tumbling metal gears. But beyond that extraordinary sound comes Leibling's injection of his own voice and vision. CC here hand some creative control over to their producer, allowing Leibling to insert some much needed electronics and synths, never enought to completely absorb the album, but just enough to allow atmosphere and depth. That is what these types of bands need at this point. Once they run the gauntlet of speed and power, they need something a bit more to extend their plays to the complacent listener. CC have done that and in turn changed the course of their sound into a whole new level of listening entertainment.
Bottom Line - Callenish Circle, with the help of producer Gail Leibling and mixing by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Disbelief), have established a higher level of being. "Pitch Black Effects" is one for the ages, a powerful, emotional release that weighs in with the same leadership and authority as In Flames, Soilwork, and Opeth.
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