Secret Youth, the brand new album from Callisto, is indeed an engaging listen. At the heart of it all, it is a post metal album, but there’s a lot of experimentation to be found within the ten tracks and packed full of variety from start to finish, which is a great approach to have taken.
The songs are well-rounded and put together, and there’s little to fault them with in that respect; everything flows fantastically from one song to the next, despite the varying styles cropping up throughout the album. Backbone is a bit more of a psychedelic number, whilst Breasts Of Mothers is a gentler piece and Old Souls sounds downright haunting with the spooky-sounding instrumentation, and the harsh vocals atop are a magnificent touch.
Unfortunately, as a whole the vocals do let Secret Youth down a tad. For the most part, there isn’t much body or life to them, which means that Callisto’s music doesn’t quite achieve the punchiness it’s capable of. The vocals aren’t dreadful, that much is obvious, but it just feels like he could give a little more to his performance.
However don’t let that minor detail put you off – because Secret Youth really is a great listen and well worth your time from start to finish.