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Catalyst – ‘Catalyst II’ EP

Independent Release
Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Soilwork
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Independent Release
Progressive Melodic Death Metal

In the modern world of Metal bands, it’s undoubtedly difficult to stand out in any subgenre. Pretty much every riff has been written, every style covered; or so you’d think.

Belgium’s Catalyst would likely disagree, as this new record fits into a fairly untapped niche of Death Metal with stylisms and themes ripped straight from the Heavy Metal stable. This combines with deeply melodic elements and a dash of Progressive Metal for good measure to form a properly entertaining EP, filled with crushing riffs, crazy solos, and varied and fun vocals taking some definite stylistic influence from Devin Townsend at times.

On the whole, this is nothing revolutionary, but it fits a brilliant little spot between the established norms in Metal, and is clearly a product of a band having fun, which is arguably the most important metric. It’s only 6 tracks, and unlikely to change your whole perspective of Metal, but it’s entertaining and musically brilliant; well worth a listen.

"A quality release from a great new band"

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