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Cataract - Kingdom 2006 - Metal Blade

Track Listing
1.Kingdom's rise
2.War of cultures
3.On this graveyard
4.Denial of life
5.Tongues spitting hate
6.March with your battleforce
7.Sacrificed for the wealth
8.Definition of the scared
9.Legions at the gates
10.Unforgotten
11.For their sins
Good God almighty! The world has been tossed in the bushes and set on fire with a scorching hot branding iron. That is all we have left after Swedish band Cataract's unbelievable firestorm in "Kingdom", their new release through Metal Blade. At this point in time Cataract may be the best 'core band on the planet, matching wits and pulverizing energy with high tier mainstream acts like Hatebreed, Sworn Enemy, and Lamb Of God. Their punishing and, often enough, killing riff strokes ignite a fire and frenzy that is very seldom heard in what has become a rather stale new market. This is elite metal for the aggressive metal enthusiast, a wall of sound that simply erupts in big block riffs and brutal drum patterns, all neatly interlaced with harsh screaming vocals and piercing quick solos. Aligning themselves with the sought after talents of producer Tue Madsen once again, this is the release that should catapult Cataract onto every zine press photo shoot and television media outlet venture, quite possibly reaching the heights that made Pantera a house-hold name world wide.

"Kingdom" is the end result of years and years of musical precision and accuracy, an educated portrayal of a band that has reached their peak after three full length ventures (on both Metal Blade and Lifeforce Records) that showed potential and talent to be "the next big thing". The next big thing is here and better than we ever expected. This band is right on target with their hard hitting metalcore sound, an end result that mixes in mid-era Slayer vengeance with the well calculated thrashings of Sweden's diverse metal scene. This is the album that finally replaces those well played Pantera records, a new soundtrack for today's over the top fanatic. If anyone in hearing distance gets a piece of this, then heads will roll. "Kingdom" is exciting, moving, chaotic, and even innovative at a period of time when everything has been done three to four times over.

Bottom Line - With "Kingdom" Cataract go beyond the well-oiled titanium acts with an intensity rarely heard in today's modern metal realms. Fans of The Haunted and Hatesphere should find that "missing" element with this band, that need to feel vibrant and energetic while still firmly encased in mammoth rock. What is sometimes a prison for most bands Cataract handles as an asset. Highly recommended for metal fans across the board!



--EC 6.26.06


About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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