“There’s a fresh energy and chaos level that KATALEPSY delivers with flair… This is burly, dynamic, and surprisingly memorable death metal.” – Dead Rhetoric
Today, Moscow-based death metal merchants, KATALEPSY, drop the mauling sounds of their Gravenous Hour full-length.
Out now on Unique Leader, the record can be heard in its bestial entirety at THIS LOCATION.
Gravenous Hour was captured at Cosmos Studios by Arkady Navaho (T.H.R.O.N., Obstetrical Palsy) with artwork by W. Smerdulak (Semargl, Blackthorn, Distant Sun et al). Order Gravenous Hour on CD at THIS LOCATION.
Reaping adulation from critics and fans globally, Loudwire notes, “The band’s knack for settling into tight grooves… within their earth-heaving riffs is a Russian trademark as they seem to do it better than most. Dizzying fretwork rounds out the guitar work, anchored by furious gravity blasts and pounding the ride cymbal, sounding more like a freight train pulling in at full speed. KATALEPSY offer enough dynamics that save them from the stylistic trappings that ensnare so many slam acts.” No Clean Singing issues, “If Gravenous Hour is any sign of what is going on in modern death metal circles, there is certainly a reason to dive deeper into those turgid waters. While old-school death and Swedish death metal continue to reign ascendant, this younger generation of bands is certainly vying for the opportunity to take their place in extreme metal’s pantheon.” Proclaims Two Guys Metal Reviews of Gravenous Hour, “The production, songwriting and execution of this record are all top notch…. There is something wonderfully visceral about the experience of listening to Gravenous Hour… and as the chugs resonate across your speakers and into your heart, you will find yourself raising a fist in honor of the true masters.” Dead Rhetoric concurs, “Genre fans are sure to get a thrill out of Gravenous Hour. There’s a fresh energy and chaos level that KATALEPSY delivers with flair… This is burly, dynamic, and surprisingly memorable death metal.” Adds MetalSucks of the track “Critical Black Mass,” “…between vocalist Igor Filimontsev’s guttural delivery and the thick, ropey tone of the guitars, the song basically ends up sounding like metal’s answer to what happens to your asshole after enjoying an entire bottle of the hottest hot sauce you can find. This is what it sounds like when your anus is a fire breathing dragon.” In a 4/5 review, Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurs, “the determination and hard work of this group is fucking stupendous. Not known for pulling punches or leaving the difficult stuff for special occasions, Gravenous Hour shows these musicians at their devastating best. Somewhere deep in the cacophony of tar-lunged vocals and whiplash-friendly drumming lives a guitar and bass attack so pleasing, KATALEPSY should be charging for the privilege.”
KATALEPSY was formed in 2004. The band’s first demo, Femicide, brought the first victims to the altar of brutality, which strengthened the band to a point where they began playing live beyond the Moscow region. In 2007 they gave birth to Musick Brings Injuries, and blood was spilled in circle pits and mosh-battles throughout Russia, which led to the Triumph Of Evolution three-way split CD with partners in crime Fleshrot and Blunt Force Trauma. This release gave the band opportunities to invade foreign lands on tour, beginning with a performance at Switzerland’s Mountains Of Death Open Air in 2008, followed by raids all over Europe where shows and festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, and Finland became battlefields of unholy beatdowns to the band’s technical grooves. In 2010, KATALEPSY unleashed the Your Fear Is Our Inhabitancy EP followed by a three-week European tour, amidst a restructuring of the lineup, when the band caught the attention of Unique Leader Records, and inked a blood pact with the label. The signing was followed by the 2012 release of the band’s debut album, Autopsychosis, which was surrounded by widespread touring, and irreversibly brought a new horde of listeners into the band’s domain.