Saturday, 3 December 2011

CD Review: Chaos Born, by Catamenia (2003)

Finland's Catamenia go about delivering melodic black metal with minimum fuss, touching all the necessary bases, occasionally injecting some flash but generally avoiding excessive limelight. The band's sixth album, Chaos Born is high on consistency, the latest incarnation of the ever-changing line-up emerging as an integrated six-piece, with Mika Tonning's vocals to the fore, the guitars of Riku Hopeakoski and Ari Nissila energetically supportive with incessant tremolo picking.

There are a couple of highlights on the album. Opener Kuolon Tanssi may be in Finnish, but it builds from an impressive military beat to a melody that sweeps across the icy landscape to meet a clever lead guitar theme. Much later on the album, One With Sorrow brings together folk with death metal for a happy marriage in a remote but vibrant village, the main riff thriving despite a sustained assault from Veikko Jumisko's drums.

The Fear's Shadow is another strong if not as prominent example of Catamenia's sound, the twin guitars creating an impressive wall of sound that derives its main beauty from the proud starkness against which smooth melodies evolve.

The rest of Chaos Born is professional and workmanlike, Catamenia putting on their hard hats and forging honest onyx.


Mika Tonning - Vocals
Riku Hopeakoski - Guitar
Ari Nissila - Guitar
Timo Lehtinen - Bass
Veikko Jumisko - Drums
Tero Nevala - Keyboards

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Kuolon Tanssi - 9
2. Calm Before The Storm - 7
3. The Fallen Angel Pt. I (Astaroth and Astarte) - 7
4. The Fear's Shadow - 8
5. Mirrorized Thoughts - 7
6. Lost In Bitterness - 7
7. The Era - 7
8. The Fallen Angel Pt. II (The Rising) - 7
9. One With Sorrow - 9
10. Hollow Out - ChaosBorn - 7

Average: 7.50

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Kakke Vahakuopus, Immu Ilmarinen and Catamenia.

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