Words will easily fail when attempting to describe the sonic worlds created by the Turku-based sextet Callisto, as no language can adequately convey the feelings of pathos and elegance this music evokes. Their sound is deeply rooted in the somewhat somber atmosphere so characteristic of the northern landscape they inhabit, but instead of toying with suicidal themes they seek the beauty in melancholy, and manage to make it sound strangely uplifting. Lyrically Callisto is christian but cryptic, walking a similar path as bands like Trouble or Woven Hand.
Callisto began their musical exploration in 2001 inspired by such post-hardcore bands as Neurosis and Breach. Since then, the band has progressed far past any genre boundaries, from the godly racket of their early days and their first album ‘True Nature Unfolds’ to the dark cinematic sophistication of ‘Noir’ and ultimately to their adventurous masterpiece ‘Providence’. Their latest album ‘Secret Youth’ was released in January 2015 via Svart Records, after a couple of years of silence. During this break, the guitarist Johannes Nygård changed to Tero Holopainen. With the new album, a seventh member was added to the band; Jani Rättyä. The most striking change in Callisto’s sound is the latest singer Jani Ala-Hukkala, whose varied vocal styles mark a departured from the band’s earlier style. The original vocalist Markus Myllykangas has not quit the band, but is concentrating on his guitar playing duties and back-up vocals.
Never interested in staying still, Callisto has taken bold steps away from their earlier, more instrumental material and composed more vocal records. The band colours their sound with mellotrons, prog rock overtones, some jazzy bits and other stylish influences drawn from the seventies and those who have adored Callisto’s past works will find a lot to enjoy in these later, majestic compostiions.