Endless Life SwitzerlandCountry Of Origin: Switzerland
Katergon - Endless Life

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MB Rating: 8
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User Rating: 10
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I Am The Sea
Endless Life

Release Date: 2010
Label: Dirty & Weird Music
Categories: Doom, Psychedelic, Modern
10 out of 10 / 3 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Adam M on 3/2/2011
Katergon build upon waves on intensity and they gradually progress through their songs. The tracks have a distinctive subtlety present, but arenít afraid to use an intense approach for a powerful effect at the appropriate time. In this sense, they are quite similar to the band Isis. The sound here is wonderfully done, though it borrows heavily from outfits like Isis. The band makes use of every second of the two tracks present on this EP to create an absorbing listen full of nuances and moving musical moments. They play the post-metal style incredibly effectively and stand out rather than fading into the background.

The songs here both have conviction and style, even though one might wish for more material. 'I Am The Sea' builds up into a crescendo of crushing riffs eventually and shows how to appropriately progress from a solemn beginning. It displays the identity the band is trying to obtain. The title track 'Endless Life' is also interesting and there are few negatives to be found with the band. The biggest gripe is that the band isnít able to stretch in enough innovative directions with only two tracks. Though there are a few changes in tempo to be found, one can only imagine what Katergon would be capable of with more room to play with.

There could be a challenge to excellent works like "Oceanic" by Isis with a more fully developed release. As it stands, Katergon are gripping, subtle and intense in equal portions. "Endless Life" is an extremely solid work that makes use of its limited length as well as possible. One can only imagine what the future holds for such a promising act.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 8.5
Originality: 6
Overall: 8

Rating: 8 out of 10