After the „Maelstrom“ EP in 2008, „These Waves Will Carry Us Home“ is finally the full length album of Caleya, a Post-Core/Experimental band hailing from Hamburg.
The first impression you get is an impressive wall of sound with lots of almost brute eruptions, that despite this doesn´t lack atmosphere. One band, that immediately pops up in your hand after a song is: Cult of Luna. If you like them, you´ll like Caleya. Period. And with that, I don´t want to say, that the guys from Hamburg are copycats or that they have no idea of how to creat an own sound. Absolutely not! While the album starts with the titletrack „These Waves Will Carry Us Home“ and lots of breaks, the sounds continues flowing in quite a gooey way at parts, is broken with tempo changes and different moods. All songs are between 5 and 8 minutes long (apart from the one minute long third song „One Minute To Turn The Horizon Into Hopeful Dust“) and are all still always palpable. One song that goes a bit further and somehow differs from the other songs of the album is song number two „The Siren´s Song (Out In Her Cold Arms)“. As much as I like compact albums and as good as it is for most bands, to stop after 40 minutes, in this case I have to say, it wouldn´t have been a bad thing, if they had continued after 31 minutes. The album is great as it is, yet it stops, just when you started getting carried away by the soundwaves. However, you can still continue with the bonustrack „Through An Empty Mirror“, taken from the Maelstrom EP.
Those guys really seem to be afraid of standstill, as the promosheet already announces the title of the next album, which will be due in 2011. It´s going to be called „Trümmermensch“ and will be, just like the present album, a concept album. I think it´s an easy thing to say, that we can look forward to this. However, it´s not 2011 yet and until then, you should get this records and get carried away by those waves...wherever they might take you.
That all being said, I see those guys following into the footsteps of some well established bands of this genre. We´ll sure hear some more great stuff of Caleya!