The Tide, The Thief & River's End

by Caligula's Horse

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Named for the prized possession of Rome’s infamous despot, CALIGULA’S HORSE is an emerging progressive alternative rock band from Brisbane, Australia.

With a modern and individual approach to music that channels the raw honesty of classic rock and the skill of progressive metal into a voice at once energetic, grand and forthright, CALIGULA’S HORSE offers devotees of all strains of powerful and progressive music something new and unique.

Formed by Sam Vallen and Jim Grey in early 2011, CALIGULA’S HORSE released their debut album Moments From Ephemeral City in April of the same year. Moments is a colourful and dynamic foray into modern progressive music at once eclectic and memorable. Unlike much beneath the “progressive” banner Moments isn’t an album intended for the intellectual, but rather an honest and accessible statement with depth enough for the most ardent of progressive rock fans, and fire enough to bring audiences in venues across Australia to fury, and their voices to unison.

Moments was followed in September of 2011 by Colossus; a two-track EP designed to showcase the chemistry between Vallen, Grey and their newfound band mates Zac Greensill, Geoff Irish and Dave Couper. Colossus defines the evolution of a two-man project into a fully-fledged band. Together CALIGULA’S HORSE claim influence from such artists as Devin Townsend, Opeth, Steely Dan, Jeff Buckley, Frost, Muse, Karnivool, Meshuggah, Rage Against the Machine, Pain of Salvation, Steeleye Span, the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Frank Zappa, the Dear Hunter, Steve Vai, Fair to Midland, Tori Amos, Lunatic Soul, Katatonia, Tracey Chapman, A Perfect Circle and many others

CALIGULA’S HORSE entered the studio mid 2012 to create the follow up to Moments from Ephemeral City, releasing teasers and video diaries that gradually reveal a band with a focused vision and a wholly realized sound pushing towards a career-defining work in their forthcoming album The Tide, The Thief & River’s End.

2013 will be the breakout year for CALIGULA’S HORSE.

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released 13 October 2013

Genre: Progressive Heavy Rock/Metal

For Fans Of: Tesseract, Tool, Karnivool, Dream Theatre, Twelve Foot Ninja

Media/label Contact: tim.charles@welkinentertainment.com

Website:
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Track Name: A Gift To Afterthought
They found the prison doors unlocked, but with freedom moments away, Acamar paused... and returned to the dark. His voice echoed through the hall.

“For the others. For the children.”

Here and now it ends

We don't remember the first crack
But we will all recall the flood
There go the edges son, but just you wait I never thought that we would go this way

We stand at the edge and watch the whole world crash around our feet

This is more than each of us
This will be the end of us now, I swear it

Believe me

Just one word
And welcome home was all we heard Through bars we built ourselves They'd already won
Just one word
And welcome home the empty herd
She always said "I won't believe it - You've found your voice, now let me hear it!"

We left the tyrant, now undone Drowning at his river's end
We turned our feet to run
The words had called us, son:
We knew the world could end by just one

Just one word
And welcome home was all we heard Through bars we built ourselves They'd already won
Just one word
We should have known
The empty herd
She always said that we would soon forget But there's one word left in the box yet

As stone turns to dust around us
This gift to afterthought brings her own weaknesses
Opening the prison door comes as no consolation to us standing here at the end

There go the edges, son

We stand at the edge and watch the whole world crash around our feet

This is more than each of us
This will be the end of us now, I swear it

Believe me

Just one word
And welcome home was all we heard Through bars we built ourselves They'd already won
Just one word
And welcome home the empty herd
She always said "I won't believe it - You've found your voice, now let me hear it!"

Hope

When the world is quiet, just a whisper breaks your rest

An unfamiliar sun brings a brief and welcome blindness. For some, the first taste of warmth in the longest time. For Acamar... bathing in the light brought memories of many years before.

60 years... was it 70? In the dark, the days would bleed together. Blunted nails carved his own epitaph generations earlier...
Track Name: Water's Edge
Cool water
Lay yourself down
Deep, silent
Let yourself drown

Bathe in the light as morning brings us home
Light gives way to gravity
Centre me (Water's edge)
Look for me (Water's edge)
Released

Cool water
Lay yourself down
Deep, silent
Let yourself drown

To the fray you pay no mind
But the blood we share dispels disguise
You're weak and human, just as lost as I
Try and stand against the tide
Your grip on all they know begins to slide
Repeat the words
"I'm fine."

Just know they're blameless in all of this
But still content to walk on broken glass beside him
To just let go
To walk away unscathed while others stay to take the fall

Choice it fades; compassion guides
Through the flames of selfless suffering you stride
The weight will pull you down in time
In their vacant, open eyes
You find no empathy behind their smiles
Without control, survive

Just know they're blameless in all of this
But still content to walk on broken glass beside him
To just let go
To walk away unscathed while others stay to take the fall

We spit truth like fire

Break your bonds and hear me:
I have heard your words, and I am unchanged
Walls of wood and stone fall
But we are of words
We spit truth like fire
Track Name: Atlas
Gently waking
A final skyward sigh
Please, send me safely home
It's almost time
Goodbye

Lay me down

The ocean at my window
Here I find myself again
All broken bones and eyes that wear their age
Like going home is etched on every page

Fragile Atlas
He carries that old smile
He will stay his weary arms
To just lay down a while

Lay me down

The ocean at my window
Here I find myself again
All broken bones and eyes that wear their age
Like going home is etched on every page

No!
Won't accept that's the way I go
(By my) quiet hand, sinking slow
Won't accept that's the way it ends
(Won't you) stay like stone and mend

I'll wear the words like Atlas, never said
The day I chose to stay
I wish I could have shared just a fraction of the peace that I found then
My friend

The ocean at my window
Here I find myself again
All broken bones and eyes that wear their age
Like going home is etched on every page

They knew it would come to this. In the shadow of the mountain, the promise of a new home carries weary feet forward.
Track Name: Into The White
Into the white
The scent of fire behind
First steps to freedom are lighter than we ever knew
Called through the cold
We hold our daughters close
And sing to our sons
Change will surely come

Into the white
Broken faith leaves scars behind
We embrace them
Carry broken shackles by our side
Called through the cold
We hold our daughters close

And sing to our sons
Change will surely come

We left our prayers with our old gods
White hand, release
Leaves in the fading smoke
So easy to forget the voice that never spoke

Walking our own road
Each step, each breath
We are fighting for our lives
And we are losing every one
The things we gave up for a dream we are still waiting for
And still we hold on

In time

Into the white
The road is mine, and I am his
Our last steps as free men
Proud at the end. It comes to this.
Called through the cold
Road to a home we'll never know
We gave to our sons a heavy burdened hope

We left our prayers with our old gods
Hold on
Till dawn
Lost like our steps in snow
So easy to forget the way
The road we make, we own

Walking our own road
Each step, each breath
We are fighting for our lives
And we are losing every one
The things we gave up for a dream we are still waiting for

We were so young then
Firelight holds their peace
Sing farewell by smoke in the cold
We farewell the old
As they fall to silence

Acamar’s Redoubt. The spirit of good intention crushed beneath the weight of time and fear. The Thief watched. It’s all he knew. Nothing ever changes...

But he had known Acamar. He had tasted truth. He knew River’s End would come.

It was only a matter of time.
Track Name: Old Cracks In New Earth
We will, I will remember the flood

The knife slipped in much easier than she expected. Her anger brought her to the very hilt, his blood pouring over her fingers, softening her grip. The embers of their final conflict softly died to silence, their eyes locked as he faded away.

“Your holy words are worth no more than my spit. It was always me. It was always going to end just like this - your blood, my hands.”

Invisible behind her veil, she tearfully smiled as he dropped to the floor, his life pooling around him, the light fading from his eyes.

And the last thing he saw was her headdress strike the ground.
Track Name: Dark Hair Down
Down
It was his neck or her wrist
Clean nails on iron fist
Dreams of peace beyond the wall
She’d cry out for mercy but she had no voice at all

Here
Here and now it ends
This quiet victory
Her promise she would make amends
He lay not yet cold on the ground
This day of all days she would wear her dark hair down

This time the wheel has come around
Free of her cage she crows with a fearless sound
“Your fists can’t hurt me now”
A fearless sound
She’ll wear her dark hair down

Down
And blood brought the answer that time could not provide
Scars that read like home could hide
Her prison swallowed everything but piercing open eyes
She proudly bore the mark
Where his brand had met her head
She spat “The coward could not kill what was already dead.”

Dark hair down
This time the wheel has come around
Free of her cage
A fearless sound

Stand and fight
This is my salvation
Blood for blood my love

With a fearless sound
“Your fists can’t hurt me now”
A fearless sound
She’ll wear her dark hair down

Blood for blood my love

As a child he had known River’s End. He had tasted tyranny and been swallowed by the darkness of a cage.

A thief’s words fall on deaf ears too eager to flee to the prison of home. He knelt by the shrine... and faced his end.
Track Name: Thief
We stood at the edge
And watched the world crash around us

Turned our backs
And from the wreckage ran

We watched another river end

Shadows of the light you gave us
I say my last goodbye

To the faces that made me strong

One last time

The decision.
And the repaying of a debt.
Track Name: All Is Quiet By The Wall
When the world is quiet, just a whisper breaks your rest...

Peace
Reach for the light
Like a child
Desperate grip on the passing breeze
Cling to peace
Close to your chest
There's cracks in your voice as we sing
"When the world is quiet, just a whisper breaks your rest..."

Wait
"Give me the child, I'll give you the man!" They say No - We'll walk through fire to fight you Asleep or awake
It's not the simple sacrifice you planned
No
I'll wait by the wall - let them come
Here I stand

Peace - Run while you can
Rising hands speaking a language we all understand
“Forget peace”
The lie didn't take - you won't break
The spirit a martyr the mind has freed
Forget peace

The stars were just beacons then
They will make amends
Colour to his eyes
Let the light pour in
We've already lost enough time to shadows
And damned ourselves to empty oaths we wear like broken glass to make us whole

I wait
"Give me the child, I'll give you the man!" They say
No - We'll walk through fire to fight you
Asleep or awake
It's not the simple sacrifice you planned
No
I'll wait by the wall - let them come
Here I stand

Here.
Out of my cage
Free
Out of this place... Finally

Hand in hand with our own
This is our home. This is our home
Let our sign say: "Let them come and meet their end" Now the world is quiet, this is where we make our stand