Catherine
Rumour Has It


3.5
great

Review

by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
August 27th, 2006 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Rumour has it: Astaroth has stolen your eyes

This somewhat catchy album title caught my attention at a local music store today. Not to mention the well done album art work as well. What made me buy this album most was that there was this sticker on the album saying For fans of Atreyu, As I Lay Dying and It Dies Today. Now, atreyu and it dies today to me are alright, but i quite enjoy as i lay dying, so i thought i might as well buy this album and hope that i find something similiar.

Catherine is:

Bryan Lemasters - Vocals
Robert Tobin - Guitars
Jesse Alejandrez - Guitars
Julio Garcia - Bass
Andrew Franz - Drums


As you press the play button on your CD player, DCLXVI greets you with a simple drum beat followed by some melodic riffs from the guitars. Then Bryan comes in with standard metalcore affair screams. Double bass drums are used fairly much in here. Lyrics here like "How does it feel to lose your eyes to a distraction so complete you dont know it happened?. The song, although somewhat repetitive is quite catchy and is a good opener IMO. There are no pauses in between songs, so songs are somewhat linked to each other.

Unfortunately, once you've heard the first song, you've pretty much heard the whole album. The standard metalcore scream is used all throughout this album except for one or two moments when Bryan goes into low growls in songs like Is it tomorrow yet?, which is not bad IMO, and if i remember correctly, there is only one part with clean vocals. The guitars on here are mostly melodic/metalcore riffaging over and over again, with each song having their own melodies. Like in many metal bands nowadays, the bass is rarely heard, save for Latnemurtsni, which in itself is an instrumental track. A clean section from the guitars starts the song followed by the drums and bass. The bass here is quite prominent and you'd have to say Julio hasnt done a really bad job. Breakdowns are scattered here and there in this album, like in Is it tomorrow yet? and Evil man, dead man. Yet again, standard metalcore affair breakdowns, but i do realize that the catherine boys try to make their breakdowns as heavy as they can, with Bryan mostly growling instead of screaming in the breakdowns. Andrew does a good job behind the drums. He knows his stuff, and is pretty keen on his double bass. Some nice fills are again here and there.

Sadly, these guys will only be dismissed as a trendy yet-another-metalcore-band. This is such standard metalcore for you. melodic guitar riffs, breakdowns and hardcore screams. The production here is quite clear cut, everything is heard well, except for well...the bass. Another downside about this album is that there are absolutely no solos at all. The guitarists plays just riffs throughout the whole album, so the lack of variety is there. Not to mention that the whole album sounds as one song in itself and the no pauses between songs doesnt help that cause either. The screams are alright, but i just wished Bryan had growled more. He is capable as shown some tracks on here.

I'm going to give this a 3.5, but only because im quite into metalcore. So did i find anything similiar to AILD? well, yes and no...

My Final Rating: 3.5
Rating inside genre: 4
Rating outside genre: 3

Recommended tracks:
none, most of them sound the same. If you like one of it here, you're bound to like the rest.



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loathed
August 27th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, comments on this review please...

anyway, pretty okay album...



jrowa001
September 2nd 2006


8750 Comments


sounds like a decent album..i might check it out but if it sounds too much like atreyu ill be turned away

loathed
September 6th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

umm, it has that tad bit of similiarty to atreyu, but the screams here kills atreyu\'s. also, there are also no clean vocals on here. the riffs are kinda like AILD\'s

quite an enjoyable listen once in a while. i dig the melodic riffs.This Message Edited On 09.06.06

Curse
September 9th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid metalcore CD. Period. Heavy breakdowns, bellows mixed with occasional growling, melodic riffage. I must disagree with reviewer. IMO bass is quite audiable, it gives nice low-end to guitars and drums. Maybe it's not on the first plan, but i can hear him (bassist) playing, actually.
Advantages: good melodies, reasonable songwriting, impressive guitar patterns here and there: Around 3:00 at "Party On The Interstate", nice tapping, i think, "Evil Man, Dead Man", "Tom the Overlord", decent instrumental "LATNEMURTSNI"(very climatic), Tracks 1 and 2 are very climatic, also.
Disadvantages: Lack of originality, just another metalcore band, not enough variety to surprise listener.

loathed
September 11th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im actually starting to pick up the bass in some parts now, but you have to hear it really carefully to pick it up.

Good CD...i love the melodic riffs

Cairnexus
September 16th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With As I Lay Dying being my favorite band, I really like this CD.

kalkal50
May 4th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is ook..

ThroughStruggle
May 24th 2007


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i agree with cairnexus, i think this is a pretty sweet album

ReDIcE
August 19th 2007


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, great review.

robin2220
August 19th 2007


569 Comments


The label that says "For fans of Atreyu, As I Lay Dying and It Dies Today." is the reason I will never listen to this.

astrel
August 19th 2007


2614 Comments


buh dose bands r liek tr00ly br00tal.

ReDIcE
August 19th 2007


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, robin, their vocals way surpasses Atreyu's, their have a bit more variation than that of AILD, and compared with the new It Dies Today (as in Sirens), this album is much better.

ReDIcE
August 19th 2007


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Um...did anyone else realize this...
The girl on the cover of this album looks exactly like the one on Neaera's Let The Tempest Come.


O___o...

Hysterical
August 19th 2007


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this album. Bought it a while ago and fell in love with it. I found the riffs and breakdowns really catchy. I loved the lyrics and song titles such as tom the overlord. Which to me that they were making fun of myspace. the last song is the best. the end has a huge breakdown with taps...i found it enjoyable...good review

robin2220
August 19th 2007


569 Comments


Actually, robin, their vocals way surpasses Atreyu's, their have a bit more variation than that of AILD, and compared with the new It Dies Today (as in Sirens), this album is much better.

It still will not earn my listen.

Zoo
August 19th 2007


3759 Comments


[quote=ReDIcE]their vocals way surpasses Atreyu's[/quote]

Well, that's saying a WHOLE lot.

robin2220
August 19th 2007


569 Comments


Atreyu's vocals are beyond horrible. Saying this is better then Atreyu is like saying The Rolling Stones are older then Metallica. It's just obvious.

ReDIcE
August 20th 2007


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only said that building on the fact that u are turned away cuz u are convinced it sounds similar to Atreyu. Go listen to it so we won't have to debate over something that's obvious...sheesh XDThis Message Edited On 08.20.07

robin2220
August 20th 2007


569 Comments


I listened to it last night and didn't like it.

Confessed2005
August 20th 2007


3314 Comments


Haha, and I thought Hbp and Kalkal were joking when they said there was a band that shared my girlfriend's name.

Go figure.



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