24 Jan 2020
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Coridian - EP Review: Caldera

02 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181

Caldera is a short and sweet six-track release adding up to a 21 minute total runtime. Nonetheless sets the pace, with a fast guitar riff and some booming drums. Dity’s vocals cut straight through the music, and provide a great vocal hook in the chorus, full of emotion and passion. In general, the guitar and bass become a blur with no differentiation between them apart from a few sections later in the track where some light picking cuts through and adds a great layer. Nonetheless provides a huge punch to the face, with so much energy, and some great drum fills.

Reflections (has previously been reviewed by muzic.net.nz here) provides a greater appreciation of Dity Maharaj’s vocal range. The bass line doesn’t stand out as much as in their live shows which is unfortunate as it compliments the vocals so much. This leads into what is probably my favourite track from the release, Pride. A Slower track, with some beautiful pitch control in the vocals, a well balanced mix of quiet and loud guitar riffs, and audibly exciting drum fills in the breakdown. Love the pacing. Love the rhythm. 

Birth of Symmetry is an interesting choice on a six-track release, being an instrumental track. Reminds me of the intro to Blacklistt’s Reflections. A Tranquil and calming track, it feels like it should lead on to something bigger, rather than just being something of an interlude.

The most unique of the five tracks with vocals, Seed has a Tool-esque riff that powers into a heavy banger with a chorus reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s Mama, I’m Coming Home. The release ends on Blind Faith (which has also already been previously reviewed here), their best known track from the release as it was released as a single nearly a full year ago.

2017 has been a year of sub-par rock releases on the international stage. It’s reassuring to be able to listen to releases such as this from Coridian to know that there is still an appetite for passion and energy in the world of Rock. While it certainly doesn't push any boundaries, the drive and vigour makes Caldera a pleasure to listen to. If only it provided a longer fix.

 

About Coridian

Better Off equals growth, change and adapting:

Better Off represents the next chapter for NZ’s Alt Rock brothers Coridian. This brand-new single is the beginning of Coridian’s new song cycle and the work towards their debut album, set for release in 2019. Better Off was produced by Zorran Mendonsa (Blacklistt/City of Souls) who worked on last year’s release Caldera and mastered by Systematic Productions (Architects/Intervals).

The song has been recently applauded in front of huge NZ audiences, as the band has come off recent tour cycles with Devilskin, Skinny Hobos and playing main support to US rockers POD at their Auckland show.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Coridian

Releases

Caldera
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Oceanic
Year: 2015
Type: EP

Other Reviews By butch181

Lola Sola - Single Review: Tripping
04 Dec 2019 // by butch181
This latest single from Lola Sola, Tripping, is pure simplicity; simple enough to allow nothing to draw your attention away from the vocals. With very little instrumentation beyond a guitar (which doubles as the tracks percussive element), there is nothing complicated about it, and it creates a slow and weary ambience.
Read More...
Rubine - Album Review: Secret Danger
04 Nov 2019 // by butch181
Rubine hail from North Island’s Hamilton and Tauranga, which is ideal placement, as some New Zealand’s best classic rock sounds tend to originate from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions. The five-piece consist of Tana Tapri on lead vocals, Afzer Zameer on the drums, Dennis Ben on guitar, and Keith McGlade and Stefan Doll on the bass and guitar respectively, as well backing vocals.
Read More...
Gig Review: Sevendust w/ City of Souls @ Powerstation, Auckland - 23/04/2019
24 Apr 2019 // by butch181
A decidedly reserved Tuesday night in Auckland and people were quietly piling into the Powerstation and grabbing some drinks at the bar. The upper balcony area was closed, so the fans were amassing downstairs around the inner perimeter of the venue.
Read More...
Sonic Altar - Album Review: Under A Dying Sun
27 Mar 2019 // by butch181
In this digital age, it’s not often that you get a full length record anymore. Everything is short and sweet just to get content out there before fans forget your band even exists.
Read More...
Levi Lights On Project - Single Review: Mirror Man
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
Levi is a musical amalgamation that would in most cases be categorised as folk, thanks to the groups' uncommon mix of instruments consisting of a saxophone, cello, and cajón, and a lack of a drum kit or electric instruments. That being said, Mirror Man has something unique.
Read More...
The Gemini Effect - Single Review: Little Mouse
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
Little Mouse is the first single from Bad Alien, the upcoming sophomore album of three-piece alt-rock act The Gemini Effect. With some nice consistent snare work, the track jumps right off the bat with a great organic sense of rhythm that has you bobbing your head and tapping your foot along with the beat, accentuated by some gritty power chords.
Read More...
Mermaidens - Single Review: You Maintain The Stain
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
The latest release from Wellington trio Mermaidens is a straight up middle finger to the powers that control the world and throws away the mainstream formula of verse/chorus patterns, instead, forming a self-righteous maelstrom of sonic environments.  With no warning given, You Maintain The Stain gets straight into cold, apathetic vocals alongside a pluggy bassline, until the guitar jumps in with an uncomfortable level of discord that sows the seeds of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach as if every instrument is performing a different song.
Read More...
Paper Cranes - Album Review: Voices
19 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Due for release January 18, 2019, Voices is the second full-length album from Indie Folk duo Paper Cranes. While comprised of ten tracks, the album has a short overall runtime of just over 35 minutes.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • YUMMY
    Justin Bieber
  • DANCE MONKEY
    Tones And I
  • THE BOX
    Roddy Ricch
  • ROXANNE
    Arizona Zervas
  • GLITTER
    BENEE
  • DON'T START NOW
    Dua Lipa
  • CATCHING FEELINGS
    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • CIRCLES
    Post Malone
  • MEMORIES
    Maroon 5
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem