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Párados
Catharsis
Type: CD
Company: Inverse
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 10/10/2017
An aural journey that you won't want to miss
Sometimes ambient black metal has trouble finding a great balance between the ambient side of the music and the black metal portion; you usually get too much of one style and not enough of the other. But with 'Catharsis', Parados has delivered an album that utilizes both styles to perfection, giving you that blend of serenely beautifuly music that gives way to cold, bleak frontiers of black metal majesty. The quality of both styles on the album are top notch and you can appreciate the musical ability in each aspect of the two different styles. The piano and more ambient pieces are carefully thought-out and emotive while the black metal portions are equally imagined and precise. The ability to meld these two styles together into a perfect blend is very rare and you will be hard pressed to find a better mix than what Parados has created here. So if you like your black metal a little pensive and heavy, then you definitely need to go out and pick this one up.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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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