Caligula's Horse

Caligula's Horse

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandMetal

Caligula's Horse is a modern take on everything that makes progressive metal exciting. Dynamic expressive vocals, virtuosic instrumentation and hooky, memorable songwriting.

Biography

Taking their name from the mad Roman emperor and his beloved steed Incitatus, CALIGULA’S HORSE is an Australian progressive rock/metal band intent on bridging the gap between dynamic, meaningful songwriting and instrumental prowess.

The brainchild of guitarist, songwriter and producer Sam Vallen, CALIGULA'S HORSE - initially composed of just Vallen and vocalist Jim Grey - released its digital debut “Moments From Ephemeral City” in April 2011, and received instant acclaim from lovers of all strains of progressive music across many continents. Originally intended as a studio-only project, Vallen and Grey put out feelers for a live band soon after the album's release, assembling the current lineup of Geoff Irish on drums, Zac Greensill on guitar and Dave Couper on bass and vocals.

CALIGULA’S HORSE's approach to songwriting is uncompromisingly eclectic, but no less accessible to audiences of all different musical styles. They take influence from such bands and artists as Devin Townsend, Pain Of Salvation, Opeth, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Steve Vai, Frost, Periphery, Karnivool, Muse, Steely Dan, The Beatles, and Frank Zappa amongst many others.

After months of rehearsing the recorded material, and also recording two additional tracks as the “Colossus” EP - released in September of 2011 - the “C-HORSE”, as some devotees like to abbreviate it to kicked off with live shows in October 2011. These are early days for a diverse and enthusiastic bunch of young virtuosos, but 2012 looks to be the breakout year for CALIGULA’S HORSE.

Lyrics

The City Has No Empathy (Your Sentimental Lie)

Written By: Jim Grey and Sam Vallen

Empty streets call
Siren's song
Drift down deeper
The city's heart is waiting for me

City - soulless
All empty syringe, hollow promise and careful disguise
Bright eyes
Briefly carry the hopeful
Ever the optimist

So sing your song
Like a sigh
Your sentimental lie
Liar!
Open your mouth and sing like you've got something
You've got something to say

My head in my hands
Try to ignore the sound turning to sand
Cold wind carries my own voice
A whisper begging for release

I am released

So sing your song
Like a sigh
Your sentimental lie
Liar!
Open your mouth and sing like you've got something Something to say

Sing your song
Like a sigh
Your sentimental lie
Liar!
Open your mouth and sing like you've got something
Something to...

Fuck this city
I've been released
I spread out wide my arms
I breath in deep and sing:
I am released

I am released

Alone In The World

Written By: Sam Vallen

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Alone In The World
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Alone In the world is the musical crux of Moments From Ephemeral City.

It covers a lot of ground in terms of mood and dynamic, and if you can bare with it through to the end I'm sure you'll be musically rewarded in one way or another; I like to think there's something here for everyone.

If I were to sum up Caligula's Horse in a single track, it would undoubtably be this.

Also, here's a video of me performing the first guitar solo:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs3VKBhudsQ
lyrics
Alone In The World
Lyrics by Sam Vallen

You’re gone
You’re lost in a world of your own design
Alone,
Humanity’s long since been left behind

And would you believe that I once felt your pain?
(Although it’s far behind me now)
It seems so strange to me that in pain you still believe

And I see a light ahead
A template for all my ambitions
Life lays bare before
Meaning disinterred
I’m welcoming my liberation

Moral,
You call me what you will and cast me away
I know
And in the depth of my ignorance I’m not afraid

And would you believe that I once felt your pain?
It seems so strange to me that in pain you still believe

And I see a light ahead
A template for all my ambitions
As a new day dawns
On an empty world
I’m welcoming my liberation

I’m alone in the world
A husk fading petty and destined
And I stay my mind
From futile tries at
Reaching for exoneration

I’m lost in the stars above
Consumed in my reflection
Distracted from my condemnation
They join me in consciousness

I can’t
Remember a time when days flickered
Like their cold light
Care passed like season
And love was free of all reason.

My reason is as trivial as senses pervaded by a final nostalgic scent
I inhale once more
Knowing the dreams I won’t live don’t matter

(Leave It Behind)

Equally Flawed

Written By: Sam Vallen

His figure benighted
By revelation on his face
Beyond all refutation

And I understand his intentions
But don’t say a word

His smile it’s hiding
A purpose veiled
Beyond my comprehension
Subtle condescension
I let him walk inside

We’re all born equally flawed
Into a world of closed doors
This we accept despite question or reason
To save our souls

But I won’t take your force-fed dogma

I don’t want mindless conjectures
On nature’s objectives

My mind won’t adhere to your silence!

You see the world without flaws
It’s a lie without cause
Insignificant when all’s said and done
But it’s no less inspiring

And I don’t care how you say god loves

Laws will remain - and will forever
Until the universe contracts again

He needn’t exist for the world to be

Discography

Moments From Ephemeral City (2011)