Katechon - Coronation (CD)
Musically speaking, "Coronation" picks up much where the previous album left off, having also been recorded at Nordstern and mixed, mastered, and produced by the band itself. KATECHON's music is characterized by precise, tremolo-attacking riffs, reminiscent of their Norwegian ancestors, MAYHEM and THORNS. There are also hints of AUTOPSY's brand of punk-infused death metal, both in the rhythmic patterns employed and the vocals, which oftentimes remind of the death grunts made famous by Chris Reifert, albeit here with more of a black metal influence. As with "Man, God, Giant," KATECHON has once again chosen the talents of artist Mari Oseland to portray its visual aesthetic. Nonetheless, there are noticeable differences between the two albums that enable them both to stand apart on their own individual merits. Whereas the songs on the first album were generally somewhat more straightforward and easily-digested, as well as a bit shorter, "Coronation" places a greater demand on the listener by invoking more dissonance, atonality, and a higher degree of intricacy in its compositions. Thematically speaking, "Man, God, Giant" was more metaphysical and philosophical in nature, complete with Lovecraftian creatures and images. In contrast, "Coronation" explores the autonomy of self - on the one hand alone, but on the other thriving in its complete freedom from society's imposed norms, rules and doctrines. This album embraces the sickness and delirium that are prone to infect the imperfect being's mind, and it prefers to proclaim Nietzsche a coward by instead staring directly into the abyss and diving right in.
Katechon's sophomore album is a difficult release to traverse and can take several listens to fully sink it, but the reward for patience is exceptional. This is an extremely heavy and dense album, but the band's swirling patterns of dissonance and frenetic melodies are superb. While the typical sunglasses and bullet belts style of black/death has its place, Katechon brings something that begins to transcend the genre; something that offers more than just primal aggression. - Metal Observer 4/5