Bloom (Caligula's Horse album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2015
RecordedHeaven’s Gate Studios in Brisbane
GenreProgressive metal, progressive rock
LabelInside Out Music
ProducerSam Vallen
Caligula’s Horse chronology
The Tide, the Thief & River's End
In Contact
Singles from Bloom
  1. "Marigold"
    Released: September 29, 2015
  2. "Firelight"
    Released: October 13, 2015
  3. "Turntail"
    Released: March 22, 2016

Bloom is the third studio album by Australian progressive rock band Caligula's Horse. It was released through Inside Out Music on October 16, 2015 in Australia and October 30, 2015 in the United States. The album was recorded at Heaven's Gate Studios in Brisbane then mixed and mastered by Brendan Anthony and Jens Bogren, respectively. The album was produced by guitarist Sam Vallen. It is the last to feature rhythm guitarist Zac Greensill and Drummer Geoff Irish.


In June 2015 it was announced that Caligula's Horse had signed for a “worldwide deal” with Inside Out Music (Century Media Records). Additionally, the band announced they would be touring Australia and, for the first time, Europe later that year. Vocalist Jim Grey described the signing as “a huge step for us”.[1]

In July 2015 the band revealed that their third album Bloom would be released that year in Europe on October 16 and in the United States on October 30. Commenting on the news, Grey stated: “Bloom is very special to all of us – it’s an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow…It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula’s Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own.” The band also announced dates for an extensive tour throughout Australia and Europe in support of the upcoming release.[2]

In August 2015 Team Rock reported the track listing for the impending album featuring a short YouTube video of Jim Grey introducing each member of the band, where Grey describes Bloom as “a step away from darkness”.[3] On September 29, 2015 premiere video single “Marigold” was featured by Revolver. Grey told Revolver that the song “captures the essence of Bloom” with “pure energy”, “vibrant colour”, and a “powerful, uplifting message”. Grey went on to discuss the theme of the song, saying “a person can not be judged by what they earn, or what they own, but by those they love, and those that love them. In that respect, I am a wealthy, wealthy man. This song is very important to me on a personal level.”[4]

Second video single “Firelight” debuted via Billboard on October 13, 2015. In an interview with Christa Titus, Grey revealed that the song is dedicated to a friend who died in 2014. Titus described the track as “closer to a traditional pop structure” and more “easygoing” compared to previous work. Grey explains this change of pace as a “natural growth” of the band's sound to avoid repeating themselves and to write “music with a message of self-belief and optimism” as “part of a step forward”. Grey elaborated that this was a deliberate contrast to progressive metal that he described as sometimes “very introspective and dark” in an effort to “celebrate life” and “the beauty of life’s fragility.”[5]

“Turntail”, the third single from Bloom, was reported by Team Rock in March 2016. The accompanying music video was co-directed by Jim Grey and Sam Vallen. Filmed at GC Studios in Molendinar, the video features a brightly colored dancer trapped in darkness by an “eternal force” and “her own fear”. She struggles against her captor while color gradually returns eventually freeing herself.[6] Jim Grey described the song as “powerful, energetic, melodic and forthright”, a song about “taking a stand, about fighting for freedom in whatever way you can”. Commenting on the message of the song, Grey observed “Considering the atrocious political climate in Australia and worldwide, I don’t think we could have released this single at a more appropriate time.”[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Heavy Blog is Heavy4.5/5[8]
It Djents9/10[9]
Metal Injection9/10[10]
Metal ObsessionPositive[11]
Metal Temple8/10[12]
New Noise Magazine4/5 stars[13]
The Power of Metal8/10[14]
Rolling Stone Australia3/5 stars[15]

Upon its release, the album was met with generally favorable reviews by metal and rock music critics. Riley Rowe of Metal Injection gave the album a positive review, stating that “Bloom [is] an extraordinary exploitation of progressive metal at its finest” with “[musicality that uncovers] a plethora of impressive songwriting and virtuosity."[10] Eric May of New Noise Magazine described the album as “a work of art [that] needs to be further embraced by listeners as a whole”, as well as “memorable progressive rock music”.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Lyrics and music by Grey and Vallen. Additional music and lyric contributions by Greensill on tracks 2 and 4.

7."Daughter of the Mountain"7:55
Total length:44:53


Caligula's Horse
  • Jim Grey – vocals
  • Sam Vallen – guitar
  • Zac Greensill – guitar
  • Dave Couper – bass
  • Geoff Irish – drums
Additional musicians
  • Holly Terrens – piano on “Dragonfly”, flute
  • Chris Stevenson-Mangos – artwork
  • Stefanie Vallen – artwork assistance, photography
  • Sam Vallen – engineer, producer, mixing (track 8)
  • Jens Bogren – mastering
  • Brendan Anthony – mixing (tracks 1-7)


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  2. ^ Munro, Scott (July 30, 2015). "Caligula's Horse return with Bloom". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Kielty, Martin (August 28, 2015). "Caligula's Horse confirm Bloom tracklist". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Staff (September 29, 2015). "Caligula's Horse Premiere New Song, "Marigold"". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Titus, Christa (October 13, 2015). "Caligula's Horse Premieres 'Firelight' Video: Exclusive". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Staff (March 22, 2016). "Caligula's Horse Launch Video for 'Turntail' [Watch Now]". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Kielty, Martin (March 23, 2016). "View the video for Caligula's Horse track Turntail from 3rd album Bloom". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
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  11. ^ Skene, Douglas (October 18, 2015). "Album Reviews : Caligula's Horse – Bloom". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  12. ^ Garcia, Marcos (March 23, 2016). "Caligula's Horse - Bloom". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  13. ^ a b May, Eric (October 23, 2015). "Album Review: Caligula's Horse – 'Bloom'". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  14. ^ Jensen, Kenn (October 18, 2015). "Caligula's Horse – Bloom". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  15. ^ Coyte, Matt (October 27, 2015). "Caligula's Horse Bloom InsideOut Music". Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.