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Catalepsy-Bleed
Deathcre
Bastardized Records
May 10th, 2011
Release length: 38:57
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Catalepsy is a Deathcore act that was formed in New Smyrna Beach, Florida of the Unites States back in 2004. Prior to a brief hiatus in the middle of 2006, the band performed as a Melodic Death Metal and Thrash Metal act, but eventually shifted towards a Deathcore sound that is more common today, but was something new at the time. With many people in the Metal community not quite into the Deathcore scene putting this band down greatly, it seems the group has been lost in the fold of the countless Deathcore bands that are starting to follow the trails blazed by Job for a Cowboy, Whitechapel and Emmure. While this band isn’t too original, is there anything on this effort that may save the band through a unique approach, or even good music to cast them out of the shadows of the packed style?

Right off the bat, if you have heard a Whitechapel album, you immediately know what to expect on this Catalepsy album. While the material here isn’t too original, the band does often include some more Industrial elements to the music, but these are typically very brief and subtle, giving off the songs a bit of a mechanical and sleek vibe that does aid into the band having a more unique sound to their material. For the most part, these are typically done through the guitars, and many times come off as nothing more then the sound from the guitar quickly going to silence for a brief bridge or change of music in sort of a strobing effect, or through distortion on the vocals to make them sound a little more robotic. The latter of these sound pretty intense when used, such as during “Monolith”, really giving the impression of something evil screaming and struggling to get it out due to something like being too rotten, or in a mechanical sense of being busted. However, those strobing guitar sounds mentioned do become a little overused in a very short amount of time, as they are introduced on “Faithless”, and by the time you hit the start of “Goliath”, you’ll already get sick of hearing them due to it being the same exact thing over and over.

But even with that being said, the music itself is often rather crushing. Yes, it’s unoriginal, but it’s done very well, and the overall quality helps too by creating a somewhat sleek sound that does come of a bit mechanical without those added effects. the guitars are heavy, the drums can sometimes have a bit of a groove to the music, such as with “Goliath”, and the bass becomes a pretty dominant force in the more technical Whitechapel-esque guitar work to make it sound simply heavy and crushing. The breakdowns also become a point of concern, but for the most part are not that bad and often retain that same groove the song had from the start, just slower. While some songs like “Faithless” have breakdowns that are along the lines of being a bit boring due to lack of interesting music and intensity from the simpler, slower groove, yet never really crossing into the “lazy” category, some tracks have some breakdowns that are enjoyable and, for the most part, work with the song and retain a similar intensity to it.

Catalepsy does manage to break in with some unique elements at times, but those are few and far between. “Cthnonian” is a high speed track with a great amount of intensity to it with notable similarities to earlier Septulura as they got closer to switching to Groove. The music really just comes at the listener as much richer in comparison to “Faithless” up to “Goliath”, holding an intensity that comes off like your face is about to be ripped off. Even the breakdowns for this track hold that same kind of intensity, though the latter one not as much, but it really shows a huge change of pace for the band as they manage to mold both inspirations together into one track for a brutal assault. Of course, this more in-your-face approach is quickly dismissed and goes right back to the groovier Deathcore approach of Whitechapel, but not without incorporating a great deal of Hardcore influence and a Rap attitude to the vocals with a louder guitar layer that is meant to add a melodic atmosphere, but is horribly off tone with the rest of the song and every time it appears just makes you grit your teeth and bare through it’s sheer annoyance. These sections last pretty long due to the track’s slower nature, and what even sounds like the music fading out at times a bit during the build up to the final breakdown of the song.

As you go through Bleed, you’ll start to grow tired of the same kind of riffs coming at you time and time again. The album really starts to get boring, especially after “Cthnonian” and it’s giving you hope for a change of pace into some real high speed Deathcore that brings a great deal of intensity to it. “Statistic” does come in and save the day a bit as it does depart from the same kind of sound you’ve heard over and over for a faster approach with a little more focus on not trying to sound like their obvious source material, though eventually reverting right back to it for the closing breakdown, but it does manage to end the song nicely so it’s something that you can shrug off since it does suit the end and last a very brief period of time. “Consumed” brings back that Sepultura-like sound but with a little more Hardcore without that Rap attitude they included on previous songs with this sort of approach, and again you are treated to an intense Deathcore romp that does really come off more unique then what the band is playing, and even in general to the overall scene, and with the more Hardcore approach to the song, it does lend a bit more of an original sound to the recording. These tracks show great promise from Catalepsy, and it’s a shame they really don’t focus on these more.

This isn’t to say Bleed is a terrible album. While the music is often unoriginal and falls in line with worship of one of the three major leaders of the style at this point, Bleed is still a decently heavy album. The music itself has plenty of energy in many tracks, especially the more intense and in-your-face tracks highlighted earlier, but at times the album can also just feel bland, boring, even lifeless with a lack of energy, especially if you’ve heard a Deathcore album along these lines before. If you’re a fan of this Deathcore approach, you’ll probvably get more enjoyment out of the album then anyone else, but overall it has it’s ups and it has it’s downs, and that’s why it’s so frustrating to hear because many of those downs don’t even have to be here in the first place. The band shows they have good ideas, they have energy, they have intensity, but they just seem to want to fall in line with every other band out there instead of side stepping it and doing their own thing. Until they do, Catalepsy will only be help back by today’s standards and preconceptions of what Deathcore is, and it’s sad considering the promise they show on this effort.

01. Faithless – 4:25
02. Monolith – 3:18
03. Goliath – 3:44
04. Cthnonian – 4:32
05. Bleed – 3:45
06. Infernal – 4:38
07. Statistic – 2:47
08. Consumed – 3:14
09. Medusa – 4:15
10. Vexation – 4:18
Overall Score: 6/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Bastardized Records via Massacre Records.