Following on from 2012’s ‘The End Of Existence’ EP, Northern Irish Death Metal young guns Katabolisis return with their blistering follow-up – ‘Atrocity’.
If you had checked out the ‘End Of Existence’ EP you could almost be forgiven for giving this one a miss, while the musicianship was there, the vocals had largely been lost in the mix, and left the listener somewhat disappointed.
However this is nothing like that. This time around the guys have spent a bit of hard earned cash and got the mastering just right.
Katabolisis have lost none of their excellent musical qualities, the twin guitar attack of Matt Medlow and Derek Wylie is at times dark and heavy, just as you would expect, but at other times the solos and fills are soaring and intricate. Timothy Hanna and Sean McQuillan provide an equally ferocious backline and Mark Chambers vocals snarl at the listener like some kind of feral beast, then just when you’ve got to grips with that the vocals drop an octave or two, as on ‘Order Of Serpents’ & you wonder just what kind of beast could sound as guttural as this?
Even though there are only 5 tracks on offer here (as is the nature of EPs), each track is a strong representation of the bands technical ability and there are some exceptionally catchy guitar hooks, none more-so than the main riffs to ‘Act On Impulse’ & ‘B.T.K. (Bind. Torture. Kill.)‘. It’s hard to listen to this and not find your head bobbing, like some kind of demented nodding dog.
From reading just a few posts on their Facebook page I get the impression that this record is born out of some inner turmoil, but Katabolisis as a band have come out the other side and not only are they still standing, but they are ready lay waste to all round them. This is a record they are immensely proud of, and why shouldn’t they be, there is a musical maturity in every song that belies their youth, and an ambitious fire in their collective belly to get out there and pummel all who will listen.
1.Let Them Burn
2.Act On Impulse
3.Order Of Serpents
5.B.T.K. (Bind. Torture. Kill.)
Mark Chambers: Vocals
Matt Medlow: Lead Guitar
Derek Wylie: Rhythm Guitar
Sean Mc Quillan: Drums
Timothy Hanna: Bass