Catamenia - Eskhata review
|Release date:||April 2002|
02. Rain Of Blood
05. Coexistence Circle
08. Astral Tears
09. Time In My Hands
10. Beyond The Starlight
Catamenia is one of those extremely underrated bands who constantly release great albums but still do not get that kind of attention from the public they would deserve. Even though they are considered a Melodic Black Metal band, they have lot of non-black metal elements. Their whole image is more similar to Finnish Extreme Power Metal bands, than Black Metal. But this actually is not really important, the only thing that matters is music and I can guarantee you that Catamenia knows how to make great music.
Eskhata; band's fourth full-length album, contains all the elements that Catamenia are known for. Melodic, catchy riffs, moody parts, high pitched black vocals and appropriate use of keyboards. As soon as you press play button you suddenly find yourself on a trip to a cold winter land, surrounded by woods and wolves (which are also present on a really nice front cover). The first song that really stands out is called Flames and it starts with a nice slow intro and then gradually becomes faster and explodes into amazing song with double guitar lines and great vocals. All the other songs are also great and follow the same pattern. I would mention especially Landscape, Astral Tears, Beyond The Starlight and the title song Eskhata which is also the last song on the album.
Performance and production from band is very good, although nothing outstanding. Song compositions are not really complexly written but this is more a positive than a negative thing, because the music is more oriented on how it sounds then how is composed. Plus the songs are much more catchier and are made for nice, "easy" listening.
These things mentioned in the last paragraph are also the main reason why this album does not get the "perfect" ten. But is still damn close and if you like melodic, catchy, yet extreme music, Eskhata is a must. Enough said.
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