|Review: Catch 22 - Monumetal|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: April 16, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Hard to believe this is Catch 22's sixth album, hen it seems like just yesterday I was underwhelmed by their 2003 album Awaken. This band has always had a good formula: heavy, thrash-flavored Heavy Metal, but they always lost it in execution. This time is no different.
A big improvement is guitarist/vocalist TJ Berry, who has improved as a singer from awful to simply uninteresting. He's not exactly bad anymore, he just has a weak voice with limited range, and does nothing to add to the music here. There are much better bands that make do with worse vocalists, so he's not really the problem here.
The problem is that Catch 22 have a really tired and stodgy riff style that drags their compositions down and sucks the energy out of their music. The playing is solid, and it's obvious they can play, but the riffs are tired-sounding and boring in the extreme, and makes this a chore to listen to.
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