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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