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Katagory V: The Rising Anger

Genre: Metal
Label: Nightmare Records

Two years in the making, Katagory V have finally come through with the much anticipated The Rising Anger. With their attention to detail and superior musical prowess these guys have managed to put together a killer power metal album that may outlive the sands of time.

Of course, this musical style isn't a new one by anyone's standards; however, Kat V have a knack for combining technical genius and beautiful melodies that catch the ear and stick to the soul. And that's what defines their brand of a genre that's been rehashed and renamed since the dawn of the electric guitar.

With the advent of their sophomore album, New Breed Of Rebellion, Kat V etched themselves into a very elite group of progressive bands (i.e. Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Rush, etc.). Why they didn't get their just props on that one is anyone's guess.

The Rising Anger
, on the other hand, separates itself by taking the band's original chemistry and adding a harder edge. You still get Lynn Allers' [almost] operatic vocals laid over well-written compositions and possibly over-practiced guitar solos, but instead of taking the progressive angle beyond mere mortal comprehension these guys keep the abstract rhythms to a minimum ... replacing them with a more aggressive (yet still melodic) set of tunes that are as ear shattering as they are beautiful.

There's no doubt that The Rising Anger will be most appealing to musicians and 90% of the 16-21 European demographic, but given the major resurgence of melodic metal we've seen in the last couple of years I think we'll be seeing Katagory V enjoying a well deserved chunk of success with this one.

Added: September 28th 2006
Reviewer: John Foxworthy
Related Link: Visit Katagory V Online
Hits: 2939
Language: english


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