7/20/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Cataract - Kingdom – 2006 - Metal Blade
"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!
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