|Review: Katalepsy - Triumph of Evilution
|Triumph of Evilution
Label: Soulflesh Collector Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
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Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)
Well now, this one is quite a shocker. I could have sworn by the pig squeals that this was going to be another awful release from another terrible Deathcore band, but I was sorely mistaken. Katalepsy are in no way Deathcore, but they do walk the fine line between it and Brutal Death Metal. Incorporating guttural vocals and instruments tuned down to god-knows-what, these tracks are absolutely heavy hitting in every aspect of the term.
I'm not going to lie, this band probably kills live. The songs are so simple, yet sound so heavy it's almost impossible not to groove to them. The pits for this band must be ridiculously intense. Besides slight tempo changes here and there, the instruments stick to their guns in not over-complicating the music and providing great riffs anyone interested in newer Death Metal should love. It's this general simplicity that makes Katalepsy so attractive; they're not trying to be more technical or faster than the next band, but they can still pull off impressive slices of heavy music. The bass is especially outstanding, and gives the songs a great, thick, feel. I can't imagine how adrenaline-pumping their shows are, it must be absolutely nuts.
And then there's the sound clips... It may seem tacky at first but the clips of people dying from films and the plethora of movie quotes makes the music sound even heavier than it already is. The first thing the listener hears is a girl saying "you're all going to die down here," taken from Resident Evil. Now that's metal...
The sound quality is also quite surprising. All the instruments are heard fairly clearly throughout all the songs, even the bass, which is quite a feat for music like this.
One of the only turnoffs of these tracks is the vocals. For the most part the vocalist does a fairly good job, but relies a little too much on pig squeals. Eliminating them would have made these songs so much better, especially "Number of Death (13)," which uses them to such excess it becomes laughable. Overall, however, Triumph of Evilution is a surprisingly good release bound to make lovers of Brutal Death Metal bang their heads through multiple listens. Lovers of old school Death Metal will probably not enjoy this album, but all others should definitely give it a listen.
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