Review: Kataplexis – Downpour

Location: Calgary, Canada
Genre: Tech Death/Grindcore
Released: January 11, 2014
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Recent Releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

In general, I consider bands of this genre to be more fun to watch live than to listen to their studio efforts, and the second release from Kataplexis is not an exception. With that said, there are some fantastic tracks on here that deserve your attention.

The most complete track is the closer, “Stagnant.” It’s a crushing number that never lets up, and the second half of this track shows what this band is capable of when they slow down the BPM. The three tracks before that, which combine for less time than Stagnant’s five minutes and eighteen seconds, are all short but sweet bruisers. 

The best moment here comes from the intro of “Enshrined Heat,” with an awesome riff leading the way. The guttural vocals in this track specifically (and most other tracks in this album) sound like Nergal from Behemoth made a cameo appearance in the studio. 

If there is a weak point to be found, it would be the high screeching vocals that are unintelligible most of the time. This is especially problematic in the title track. On the bright side, that track doesn’t even clear a minute in length. 

Overall: Fans of the high screeches might score this in the 3.5 or 4.0 range. A lot of good material, especially in the second half.

Rating: 3.0*


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