Friday, October 21, 2011

Katanga/Moonchild/Massacre Records/2011 CD Review

Katanga are a band from germany that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of gothic metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Moonchild" which was released by Massacre Records.

Drums are a mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with some fast playing and not much in the way of blast beats, while the keyboards have a very, dark, symphonic, and atmospheric sound with gothic and industrial inflences, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times there are very powerful gothic rock riffs.

Rhythm guitars slow to midpaced riffs together that utilize influences from both gothic rock and thrash metal, as for the lead uitars when they are brought into the music they use alot of melody in the guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords to give the music a folk music feel.

Vocals are mostly clean singing vocals with only the ocassional deep death metal growl along with some female vocals, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and German and cover dark and occult themes, as for the production it has a very professional and heavy feel to it.

In my opinion Katanga are a very good gothic metal band, and if you are a an of this genre, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When Darkness Falls" "Moonchild" "Lemuria" and "Death Of The Fun Generation". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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