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Reexamination Pays Off - 89%

Five_Nails, December 3rd, 2010

While the always brutal riffing does well to enhance the still thunderous breakdown style that Katalepsy perfectly employs, with crushing drumming as always complementing the band’s perfected pummeling treble style, Katalepsy has also progressed into a stronger linear style with technical riffs becoming a new focus and greatly broadening the horizons of this American-styled Russian brutal death metal band.

From the first seconds of “Unearthly Urge”, the band seems to have taken more Suffocation and NYDM influence into their original concept of Texas style brutal death metal. Even down to the early Frank Mullen sounding vocals, this has proven to be an improvement as Katelepsy’s linear concepts are now more fluid in progressions and have become more important to the direction of Katalepsy’s breakdowns that now build stronger into a pummeling crescendo. Also adding weight to the destruction is the production which, since the first few Katalepsy releases, has become much more listenable while ensuring the mix remains bass heavy through the progressing breakdowns, which themselves have come to incorporate more riffs and more distinct builds to insanity.

“Gore Conspiracy” lays waste to anything remaining from the first horrific slaughter. Pushing harder to move a breakdown into new riffs and riffing into progressing breakdowns, Katalepsy lets loose with some aggressive guitars that attains high notes perfectly in single layers or as harmonies that intensely complement the echoing lows. The riffs get to whirling points bringing up and throwing down the mix relentlessly, but still in their crushing style the band ensures a constant of beating down the listener even while ridiculing him with these dangerous upward drags.

I was hoping that Katalepsy’s latest demo, “Your Fear is our Inhabitancy” would be the precursor to a more technical brutal death metal band that explored as much riffing style as the band explores percussive style. With the kind of treble instrumentation displayed on this release, the band may very well be going in that direction, something that will most-likely ensure more quality guitar instrumentation to balance perfectly with the unforgiving tumult that the band’s low end has already achieved. With these two tracks to wet my appetite, I can’t wait for the next Katalepsy release because if it is half as musically explorative as this demo, great things can be expected from this already awesome Russian outfit.