Fireworks

CD Reviews

We Are The Catalyst - 'Elevation' Hot

http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/a6/95/0e/We-Are-The-Catalyst-Elevation-77-1487967798.jpg
Written by Central Electronic Brain     February 24, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
7056   0   1   0   0   0

Has an intensity and is packed with enough memorable hooks to justify its title.

Anything released on Ferocity Records is going to have a whiff of an air of expectancy. Formed in 2012, the Swedish Alt Metallers We Are The Catalyst have been creating waves in their self-directed passion and enthusiasm. Their debut 'Monuments' appeared in 2014 followed by their first live show in 2015, typical of the band's progression as they've wasted no time in mounting their bid for world domination.

The new album promises to be darker, heavier and more emotional yet still with their trademark modern melodic sound. The opening track and first single 'Delusion' explodes from the blocks – a combination of a battering of drums, growling vocals topped off with Cat Fey's potent and passionate singing; it is easy to see why that voice is being heralded as the jewel in the band's crown. The thought springs to mind that if the rest of the album is as good, then 'Elevation' is going to be simply fantastic. While 'A Million Claws' similarly provides a sharp follow-on, it's always going to be hard to maintain such an opening intensity.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


As a choice of single 'Open Door' is a fairly safe pick; mid-paced without threatening to scare anyone off, more likely pull in fans of some of the Female-Fronted Symphonic and Melodic Rock fans. A gambling man might even put good money on 'One More Day' – as catchy as a Velcro strap - as the next single. Typically, the album continues to maintain the blend of elements which incorporate enough melodic sweet spots yet remaining heavy in the combination of gruff and clean vocals. There are moments of atmospheric respite while with the threat of a mid-album lull, 'Alive' picks up that opening impetus of 'Delusion'.

Eleven tracks in forty minutes, it fits the bill of an old fashioned, two-sided vinyl album length with a set of short and immediate songs, just one song lasting over four minutes. More accessible than maybe initially anticipated, We Are The Catalyst have a couple of aces up their sleeve and have played a canny game. 'Elevation' sits in a field which is starting to get very densely populated yet it has an intensity and is packed with enough memorable hooks to justify its title.

Mike Ainscoe

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 
Powered by JReviews


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Berny : @bpomper: Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • bpomper : if i bought the hard copy can i also download and if so how
  • bpomper : im checking to make sure my fireworks #98 was sent out transaction ending in 1241
  • Berny : @all: The download version of Fireworks #98 is available!
  • Berny : @RobC68: We really seem to share a love & hate relationship, right? ;) Pls. check your mail.
  • RobC68 : still waiting for download version of #98 to be available.....pathetic service
  • Berny : @iangreenfiel: The magazine is available in a number of WH Smith branches. Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? I will then send you the latest list of participating stores.
  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : DO YOU HAVE A PAPER COPY OF ISSUE 90 BERNY ?
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • vialli999 : STILL DESPERATE TO GET A COPY OF ISSUE NO. 90
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site