“a finely tuned inventive effort that bristles with crystal-sharp clarity” – Metal Hammer
“In Contact is a masterpiece…a work of unimaginable beauty.” – The Music
“Those who may have despaired that progressive metal had succumbed to regression will find solace in this, the band’s finest album to date.” – Prog Magazine
Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, have announced their return to Europe!
Joining them on tour will be fellow countrymen & progressive metal powerhouse Circles on their momentous return to Europe as main support, and instrumental guitar prodigy I Built The Sky (for their first European appearances).
The run is their most expansive and ambitious yet with 26 dates across October and November will see Caligula’s Horse make appearances at four festivals including
Euroblast, ProgPower, Very Prog Festival and AMFest.
Frontman Jim Grey comments: "We've wanted to put an 'Aussie Invasion' tour like this together for some time, and our first European headline tour seems like the perfect moment to do so. It's really exciting to be sharing this experience alongside some of our best mates - Circles and I Built The Sky are incredible musicians and lovely guys, and we're proud to take them with us this time around."
Friday October 5 - Euroblast Festival, Cologne, Germany**
Sunday October 7 - ProgPower Festival, Baarlo, Netherlands*
Monday October 8 - Backstage, Paris, France
Tuesday October 9 - Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
Thursday October 11 - Mungirock Aretoa, Mungia (Bilbao), Spain
Friday October 12 - Very Prog Festival, Toulouse, France**
Saturday October 13 - AMFest, Barcelona, Spain**
Sunday October 14 - Nazca, Madrid, Spain
Monday October 15 - RCA Club, Lisbon, Portugal
Wednesday October 17 - KiFF Foyer, Aarau, Switzerland
Thursday October 18 - Legend Club, Milan, Italy
Saturday October 20 - Collosseum, Kosice, Slovakia
Sunday October 21 - Dürer Kert (Room 041), Budapest, Hungary
Monday October 22 - KSET, Zagreb, Croatia
Tuesday October 23 - Strahov 007, Prague, Czech Republic
Wednesday October 24 - Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
Thursday October 25 - Headcrash, Hamburg, Germany
Saturday October 27 - Fangelset, Gothenburg, Sweden
Sunday October 28 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Monday October 29 - BETA, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday October 30 - The Tube, Dusseldorf, Germany
Thursday November 1 - Boston Music Room, London, UK
Friday November 2 - Audio, Glasgow, UK
Sunday November 4 - Mama Roux, Birmingham, UK
Monday November 5 - Star And Garter, Manchester, UK
Tuesday November 6 - The Lanes, Bristol, UK
*I Built The Sky Not Appearing
**Circles & I Built The Sky Not Appearing
Tickets on sale Friday at 10am CET from
LOVE CONQUERS ALL - AUSTRALIAN TOUR - AUGUST
Before the band jet off to Europe they will play 3 shows on Australia’s east coast in August
These will be the LAST CHANCE fans will get to see the band in 2018.
The band will be playing their latest album, 2017’s Top 50 Aria Charting In Contact IN FULL!
In addition to experiencing this fantastic album from start to finish, Caligula’s Horse will also be playing a selection of fan requests!
Joining the band as special guest are two acts, that are no strangers to Caligula’s Horse fans.
James Norbert Ivanyi: One of the most original, commanding and versatile young guitarists on the scene today. James' unique style of technical modern metal fused with the classic sounds of 1960’s and 1970’s progressive rock music have seen his fan base transcend generations and genres. His recent appearance at this year’s Progfest won him unanimous praise and he has become one of the most in demand online guitar teachers in the country!
Featuring former Caligula’s Horse guitarist, Zac Greensill, Opus Of A Machine are pushing the creative boundaries of alternative, progressive rock by combining the experimental nature of the genre's foundation with an electro, pop edge. Technical wizardry meets emotional introspection. Pumping synths and skycraping melodies pinned down by a rock solid groove, this band was made to be seen live!
Playing smaller, more intimate venues, these shows are on track to SELL OUT!
Get in quick and secure your tickets now or you’ll be sure to miss one of the most potent progressive music shows of the year!
Friday, August 3: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday, August 11: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Thursday, August 16: Howler, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via
Watch the video for ‘Songs For No One’, taken from the latest album ‘In Contact’, here:
‘In Contact’ is available now on CD & 2LP + CD (including exclusive coloured versions) here:
ABOUT CALIGULA’s HORSE
As with the band’s acclaimed album ‘Bloom’ before it, ‘In Contact’ sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: “In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We’re one another’s harshest critic, but fortunately we’ve done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction - we can finish each other’s musical sentences, so to speak. And we're lucky that's the case, since In Contact proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we’d conceived of in the past.”
Vocalist Jim Grey adds: "In Contact has been an enormous proposition - the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we've never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous - but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom.”
Written between late 2016 and May 2017, the album went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on ‘In Contact’ stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of ‘Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)’ to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, ‘Graves’. This is Caligula’s Horse at their most ambitious and progressive.
The band’s last album ‘Bloom’ was released in 2015 and enjoyed much praise for its multi-faceted dynamic and masterful production. It mines influences from heavy rock to jazz and beyond, making it a uniquely enticing sonic entity, and a powerful addition to the high quality canon of progressive alternative rock. It is a unique thrill to watch a band's momentum build so steadily and confidently.
Melbourne alternative progressive rock/metal
heavyweight Circles are set to circumnavigate and conquer the world with new label signings - Season Of Mist (France) & Wild Thing Records (Australia) - and a brand new record, their best yet in-hand, which will see its release in the latter half of this year. With guitarist Ben Rechter assuming the role of melodic vocalist and fellow band members Tetsuya Furuhashi (guitar), Andrew Patton (bass/screamed vocals), and David Hunter (drums) providing a maelstrom of musical brutality, Circles are a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout their two releases to date, 2011’s EP The Compass and 2013’s Infinitas (Basick Records), they have constantly evolved and brought new elements to heavy music and djent as a genre. Circles' previous European tours have included Euroblast Festival, as well as supporting on tours by The Dillinger Escape Plan, Monuments and After The Burial. In Australia, they’ve toured as direct support to acts such as Periphery, Fear Factory, Ne Obliviscaris, and Twelve Foot Ninja.
About I Built The Sky
I Built The Sky is the project of Australian born instrumental guitar prodigy Rohan Stevenson, which has later established itself as a 3 piece band. Following a debut performance supporting Plini, I Built The Sky began to gain attention as a performing artist, being invited to support and tour with the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, CHON, Caligula’s Horse, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Ne Obliviscaris. 2016 saw the release of his 2nd album 'The Sky Is Not The Limit’, with its single 'Striations' clocking over 500,000 views and 10,000 Facebook likes within the first 2 weeks.
Caligula’s Horse are:
Jim Grey – lead vocals
Sam Vallen – lead guitar
Adrian Goleby – guitar
Dave Couper – bass & vocals
Josh Griffin - drums
CALIGULA'S HORSE online: