Review Summary: The first death metal classic of 2013
To build off of an album as accomplished as brutal death metal band Katalepsy's debut with a release even more aggressive and with a much more technical streak that holds together and continually excels takes a band with a real degree of talent. With 2013's Autopsychosis Katalepsy achieved exactly this however and put together a technical death metal album that never fails to amaze throughout its entire forty minute run time. This is an album that packs in moments of incredible guitar shredding, fantastic and powerful riffs and quick bass fills with blast beats that thunder along to make for one of 2013's best death metal releases so far. Couple this with the guttural roar of vocalist and one is left with a band that is simply a master of their trade and should expect great things from the future.
From the opening power chords that lead into a fast bass solo this album never ceases in its assault on the ears with some highly technical riffing and brutal drumming. This collection of Russians know how to put together an album that never lets up as their debut showed but with the numerous line-up changes that occurred between Musick Brings Injuries and Autopsychosis the band appear to have found an even better collection of song-writers. The two guitarists are constantly interchanging their parts, weaving together a portrait of the apocalypse with their music mixing fast power chords with pinch harmonics and the occasional scaling solo to create one of the best guitar records of the year so far. Whilst this is happening drummer Evgeny is destroying his kit with some incredibly fast blast beats that are arguably every bit as accomplished as some of the better known death metal drummers such as Flo Mounier. The rhythm is anchored down brilliantly by the bassist who is of a similar level of technical proficiency as the rest of the band with his fast fills scattered throughout and marvelous ability to keep up with the rest of the band. The voice of Katalepsy is, for this album at least, Igor Filimontsev who was not present on their debut but manages to do an even better job than Mirus. Many found Mirus to be a more than capable death metal vocalist, hitting some disgusting notes and sounding somewhat like a demon behind the microphone but Igor's rock-bottom guttural tones are some of the finest in the genre and are another kettle of fish altogether.
The songs themselves are all of an absolutely incredible level and it would be splitting hairs to decide one that is weaker and one that is stronger. All the songs follow the same formula of blasting away as fast as possible with an absolutely chaotic sound to it and the occasional break in the formula, usually showcased by a quick little piece of bass work as is found in Body Bags For The Gods. Cold Flesh Citadel is one of the best collection of riffs out there with the mixture of the low end power chords from one guitarist and the high pitched tremolo picking and pinch harmonics over the top of it by the other. Each song on this release is an example of how to destroy your fingers on a guitar, with some crazy lead work that is one of the things that sets this album on a level of its own. The solo to the aforementioned Cold Flesh Citadel comes before one of the most amazing drum fills and slams in death metal, but it is so Godly that it requires many listens to full sink in. For those who thought that given the amount of changes in personnel that Katalepsy have undergone that they could not put out another amazing album, just listen to this collection of magnificent songs to get an idea of how far they have taken their sound. The production is the one thing that could have been a little stronger although every instrument is audible, the drums sound a little flat at times and the lead is too loud in the mix.
Katalepsy's follow-up to Musick Brings Injuries is a groove-ridden masterpiece of modern death metal that anyone into extreme music should hasten to indulge themselves in. Every song is a gore-soaked work of art with some fantastic and wickedly varied drumming, and the guitar work is absolutely God-tier. The vocals are monstrous and animalistic and the bass is inhuman, and this is a death metal album that deserves some exposure instead of remaining as underground as possible.