CATARACT - Cataract

Cataract - Cataract

10 songs
46:31 minutes
***** **
Metal Blade


Cataract from Switzerland climbed to the top of the European brutal metal movement with their previous albums With Triumph Comes Loss (2004) and Kingdom (2006). Right on time, staying true to their two year rhythm, the band is back with their self-titled fifth album, their third one for Metal Blade. The bass player and a guitarist, both of them founding members, have been replaced, which has had stylistic consequences.

The new guitarist Tom Kusmic convinces with excellent playing, which is best emphasised on the seven minute long Blackest Hour. The new songs are a little slower than in the past, which I find a bit sorry, as it is pushing the band more into the metalcore genre. Cataract still sound devastatingly brutal, but they always sound at their most authentic when they play their metal at full speed, as on Snake Skin, Death Wish and Doomed Steps. The bizarre instrumental Tonight We Dine In Hell and the final In Ashes which comes with scattered doom parts add also to the variety of the album.

I don’t know yet what I should think of the new Cataract album. It is laudable that there are notable changes to their previous efforts, but somehow I liked their older material better. Maybe their new genre just needs time getting used to. You can’t do anything wrong though by getting the slightly more expensive limited edition which comes with a bonus CD with eleven cover versions of songs by Sepultura, Madball, Cro-Mags, Integrity, Agnostic Front, Obituary, Warzone, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Pantera and The Ramones.

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