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Review: Kataplexia - Catastrophic Scenes
Catastrophic Scenes

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 25:19
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 14, 2005
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
Readers Rating
Catastrophic Scenes

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

The first time I listened to this CD, I could've sworn I'd put on a Deeds Of Flesh CD by mistake. Yeah, it's that similar. Same ping-ping-ping snare blasting, gurgled vocals and downtuned technical guitar abuse, not to mention a lack of audible bass. But as the disc progresses, it becomes apparent that Kataplexia aren't quite in the same league of insanely cold brutality as Deeds, instead being a bit more focused on injecting an old-school feel into their hyperspeed violence. Still, the influence is blatantly obvious, to the extent that if you ignore the lack of pig-squeal vocal interjections, this could easily be the missing link between Gradually Melted and Trading Pieces. Bummer is, it's practically an EP, albeit a long one. Obviously the production is quite spotless, well balanced and allows you to hear everything clearly (except that damn bass, which is a tad buried), which is always a plus. Bands like this always need a good mix, otherwise listening to it is like pressing your ear to the lid of a washing machine on spin cycle.

With only 7 songs clocking it at under half an hour, they seem to have rushed into the studio when they could have easily waited a bit and penned a couple more tunes. Not to worry though, since this brevity is becoming increasingly characteristic of this style of death metal. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if, sooner rather than later, someone manages to make a full-length album even shorter than 20 minutes. As it is, you get a clear-cut case of quality over quantity – there's absolutely no filler here, every track is honed to perfection and devoid of pointless distracting forays into experimental bullshit or dull repetition, and in the end I'd rather have 25 minutes of excellent death metal than an hour of complete boredom.

Oh, and there's also a video clip on here, but I can't watch it because there's a big fucking scratch on the disc label which has obliterated some of the data on the CD-ROM portion of the disc. Bugger.

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