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Katalepsy's Musick Brings Injuries initially presents a huge, heavy death metal sound stage wherein live the various critters of the swamp (boars, toads and crickets). The music is aggressive and strange slamming death metal, that lurches and has seizures, and for the first two cuts, it is quite engaging. But the amazing thing about this "album"—something no reviewers I've read seem to notice or care about—is that this "album" quickly veers into novelty terrain after the first three songs. Track four is a nonsensical Mortician cover, and then tracks five and six are both dismal rehearsal-caliber demo tracks with terrible, terrible sound and a really inferior vocal approach. After track three, which is decent, this thing just falls off a cliff in terms of quality.
Here’s a loud request to bands like Katalepsy: Please DO NOT include demo level tracks as part of your finished album. Make these inferior recordings “bonus tracks” or put them online or on a split or in a stopgap compilation, but please, don’t put awful recordings alongside polished stuff and call the sum “An Album.”
In total, Musick Brings Injuries is two good songs, a sort of interesting one, a bad cover, two awful demos and a weird, sort of interesting reconstruction of Megadeth's Symphonies of Destruction. It is a short EP that should have been a single was unfortunately padded out to (almost) full length with inferior material. But the good stuff is good. “Gialo” is truly top notch slamming death metal as is Sluggish Cranial Grinding. I’d like a full album or EP of stuff like that. A real album.
Blasting, grinding, chugging, pig squealing, and to the point, Katalepsy’s first full-length, “Musick Brings Injuries”, is true, balls to the wall, brutal death metal. Though from the once-evil empire, Russia these guys know their stuff when it comes to American style slamming brutal death metal. Featuring two covers and five original tracks, this debut clocks in at only twenty-four minutes, but it is the heaviest twenty-four minutes I’ve heard in a while. Beginning with the song, “Gialo”, nearly every talent of this band is present from the onset: brutal blast beats grinding snare, pit fueling Suffocation-style breakdowns, and enough pig squealing to make any album as evil and brutal as can be, enhance the sound of this band and really make them stand out as a brutal, slamming, and groovy band.
From the first note on this album it is obvious that a good portion of the band’s energy comes from their drummer, Alexey Semenov. No matter how fast the rest of the band is grinding or how slow they are chugging, the drums maintain at least twice the speed. This is the kind of energy that so many bands that call themselves death metal (or an offshoot/sub-section of death metal) lack in so many albums. From the double-bass breakdowns to the snare and cymbal combos crashing in every direction, Semenov demonstrates a precise talent for percussion.
The song that got me hooked on Katalepsy was their very unique, intense, and crushing cover of Mortician’s “Rabid” which is the fourth track of the album. Where mortician wrote an intense song, Katalepsy reinvented it to become the most brutal cover of any song I’ve ever heard. Beginning with a slow drumbeat (compared to what’s normal from Semenov) and a sound-bite lifted from the original track, the band goes from a slamming chug to an intense chain sawing grind. This is a song that everyone in a pit will bleed to and anyone outside a pit will be pummeled by. The covers don’t stop there, though. The final song of the album is also a cover, no a reinvention, of Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction”. So fast that it sounds almost nothing like the original, I didn’t even recognize the song until the chorus hit; this song is psychotic grinding fury. “Symphony of Destruction” has never sounded more brutal. From the chugging riffs to the slow but slamming drums, and the completely silent pauses as the band, even while toning the speed down for such a groundbreaking song, still have finished the riffs in half the time it took Mustaine, this song is an original that’s just taking some cues from Megadeth.
The vocals help create the evil ambiance that each track expresses, and though they are completely unintelligible like most pig squeals, they never get old but serve as another instrument in the frantic chaos of each song. The guitars also do well to give the slamming brutal death metal feel that the band identifies itself as, but there are few solos and the riffs, though brutal, do get rather repetitive. Detracting from the intelligence implied by the title of brutal death metal though spot on with the title of slamming, the guitars are appropriate for their musical selection but not exactly groundbreaking. Some more technicality in the riffing would have brought this album’s grade up to 100%, but don’t get me wrong, the guitar work was tight enough, heavy enough, and groovy enough to enhance the quality of the music and not hold it back.
In all, Katalepsy’s “Musick Brings Injuries” is a great example of well-executed American style slamming brutal death metal, and though the album is short, it is guaranteed to deliver to any fan of unrelenting brutal music. Katalepsy is definitely a band to watch out for because their unique style and approach to songwriting and slamming grinds is a breath of fresh air compared to many “wall-of-sound” brutal death metal acts today.
"On Katalepsy’s website, they claim to do U.S. brutal death metal, but from Russia. For those of you who don’t exactly know the style of U.S. brutal death metal, look at bands like Devourment, Lividity, Disgorge, and basically every other band that’s going to be at the Central Illinois Metal Festival. All of those bands have a few things in common:
1. They love blastbeats and normally has very cool drumming
2. There is a lot of groovy riffs
3. And the most distinguishable trait of U.S. brutal death metal, the guttural and frog/pig-like vocals
There’s normally a lot of hate from the metal community about bands like these, trying to make the case that they’re nothing but guttural noise and there’s really no flow to the music. Well, those morons need to get fucked, because if that’s what they think it is then they haven’t listened to proper U.S. brutal death metal. Granted, there are those bands that can’t do it worth a shit and need to die, but most of the ones I’ve heard do the style justice, and Katalepsy does it justice greatly.
When I first popped in “Musick Brings Injuries”, I was very curious as to what I should expect, and as soon as “Gialo” started, I was blasted out of my chair and pinned up against the wall by slow chugging guitar riffs, blastbeats and one of the best growls I’ve ever heard. I was nearly being ripped in half by the “REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOO ROR BLG TU MUR ROS”, or whatever the fuck the lyrics are. Regardless, right after that that initial explosion of gore, I was incredibly pumped to hear the rest of the album.
I began to think to myself, “Sweet fucking Christ, for U.S. style brutal death metal, these guys really take the cake.” Fuck, I don’t know of any U.S. brutal death metal band that has entertained me this much in 7 tracks (yes, 7), let alone the usual 10 to 12 these bands normally produce for a full-length. There are so many good qualities about this album, and I’ll tell you them all.
I like to throw the word “groove” around, don’t I? Yes, I use it liberally and I will sure as fuck be plastering it all over this review. I might as well get that word tattooed on my ass. Anyway, the riffs go through a great range of slow chugga-chugga, to mid-paced bludgeoning action to being run over with a steamroller possessed by Satan. Every single note is special in its own way, never diverging from the onslaught of brutality and keeping it fast and strong. What’s even better about this album? It’s their fucking FIRST FULL-LENGTH EVER!
What else is great about this album? Well, the song structures are fucking fantastic. None of the songs sound exactly the same, unlike Defeated Sanity’s album, Psalms Of The Moribund. Each is a new adventure, and I love that kind of shit. Where you’re always expecting one thing, and then another thing comes around a completely different corner and kicks your ass. That’s how I feel when I’m listening to “Musick Brings Injuries”.
Songs like “Gialo”, “Consuming The Abyss”, “Rots Of Fuck” and “Sluggish Cranial Grinding” are very entertaining, but what really got me were the two cover songs on this album, “Rabid”, originally by U.S. cheese-masters, Mortician, and “Symphony Of Destruction”, originally by a band fronted by a redheaded moron, Megadeth! Will Rahmer of Mortician would gladly masturbate with glass to Katalepsy’s cover, and Dave Mustaine would complain because this band made “Symphony Of Destruction” way better than he and his fuck-buddies ever could. “Rabid” actually sounds a lot alike to its counter-part, but “Symphony Of Destruction” threw me for a loop. The song sounds absolutely nothing like the original. I’ve tried so hard to match up where everything goes in both songs, and for the life of me, I can’t do it. Katalepsy might as well just claim “Symphony Of Destruction” as an original song of theirs, because I’m sure they just changed all the instrumentals and just kept the lyrics.
Overall, I have not been this excited for anything out of Russia… ever. To me, Katalepsy’s first full-length is nothing short of a successful slab of brutal U.S. brutal death metal that would make just about everybody in the United States jealous of their musical talent. Fuck, I can’t wait until Katalepsy records another full-length so I can sodomize myself with it."
Originally written for Global Domination