Once upon a time, a newly underground band by the named of Orator created one of the most intelligent, well driven and interpreted albums of 2018. This death metal based outfit from my hometown in Seattle, Washington absolutely killed it with this full-length release and there’s many damn good reasons why. Conceptionally wise, Kallipolis tells the story about Plato’s iconic pieces of historical work Republic and it’s one of the most important traces in not only political theories but it goes all the way back when civilization existed throughout history. But enough intellectual talk, right? We’re here to discuss the album based on my listening experiences upon hearing this record.
Musically, Kallipolis opens up with the title track under the same name which is a nice build up instrumental piece that captivated a dramatic sound where it doesn’t strive away from the musical talent of this album. Then later half we hear the song Emperor “(Disposable Youth)’ which introduces the power of pummeling double bass drums and the vocal delivery sounds raw, organic and visceral where you can hear some blackened death metal Influences from Behemoth and traditional death metal compositions reminding me a lot of Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, Fleshgod Apocalypse and even some technical death metal arrangements from Soreption which gives the album various extreme metal genres where it brings out originality and deliverance.
While every tracks sound completely different from one another, this is an extremely well done and well polished release. Fans of Vader, Cannibal Corpse, Bloodbath and extreme metal in general shouldn’t pass up Kallipolis by Seattle’s Orator. A marvelous debut full-length that is fulfilling and has high potential for many generations to come.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler