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Album Review

To the unenlightened, Cataract may come off like your average, ordinary-sounding metal band. But metal experts will be able to detect that the Swiss group borrows equally from several different metallic subgenres — thrash, doom, and hardcore metal — as evidenced throughout its 2008 self-titled release. However, the group's most notable influence appears to be the good ol' Southern boys in Pantera, as evidenced by the Dimebag-esque riffing and Anselmo-like hollering that comprise "The Separation of Life and Time," "Choke Down," and the mostly instrumental (except for a few well-placed tortured screams) "Tonight We Dine in Hell." Five full-lengths into their career, Cataract still stick largely to the same sonic game plan they've embraced all along — and there appear to be no sudden musical shifts in sight, as evidenced by this solid yet unsurprising release.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Switzerland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although originally formed with a hardcore mindset, in 1998, Switzerland's Cataract quickly adopted a harder, metallic edge to their songwriting, finding their true calling as a metalcore act in the vein of Hatebreed or Heaven Shall Burn. After a few demos and compilation appearances, the quintet (featuring vocalist Mosh, guitarists Greg and Simon Fuellemann, bassist Michi, and drummer Ricky) released their debut album, Golem, through Ferret Records, in 2000. New frontman Fedi (aka Federico Carminitana)...
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