Review by Maciek on March 23, 2013.
This year is really good to me when it comes to Death Metal. And to be honest I'm really happy that I've just discovered quite young Death Metal band from Russia - Katalepsy. If anyone reading this is as new to Russian Death Metal scene, I would tell them that this is a mixture of Bloodbath, more melodic side of Vader with a bit of Cryptopsy. So basically Death Metal with Grind Core elements and amazing solos.
There are quite a few jazz elements in it, really great drumwork with many irregular tempos switching from 2/4 to 5/4 quite often. But quite surprising to me is an instrumental interlude 'Needles Of Hypocrisy', because you would expect that more from Thrash Metal band, but it works great and I consider it as great intro to the next track 'Knifed Humility', which is my perfect track on this album, with a slight hint of Progressive Metal. Technically perfect material, very low tuned guitars, many interesting tremolos, and actually the pitch effect works great with their music as well. The vocalist is using low growling (reminding Mikael from Opeth/Bloodbath), sometimes distorted to sound very grind-core-ish, as I call it "pig-squeak".
Definitely you won't get bored with this album and this is really a band I would love to see live (possibly with Cryptopsy). I think I'm going to dig deeper into the Russian Death Metal scene to find more gems like this one...
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.6 out of 10