Katagory V | Hymns of Dissension

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Hymns of Dissension

by Katagory V

Katagory V, return with their 4th album "Hymns of Dissension", displaying yet again and even more versatile, dynamic and razor-sharp metal release.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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1. Listen to You, Listen to Me
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2. Workforce
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3. Do Feelings Remain
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4. Lies and Illusions
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6. Kings of the Valley
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8. Can You Hear Them
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9. No Matter What
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10. Enemy [Bonus track]
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11. Sands of Time [Bonus Track - 2007 Re-recording]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Salt Lake City, Utah's own progressive/power metal act Katagory V, return with their 4th album "Hymns of Dissension", displaying yet again and even more versatile, dynamic and razor-sharp metal release, and rapidly following up only a year and a half after their breakthrough third album, The Rising Anger on Nightmare Records.Keeping true with their known style of combining straight-ahead, power infused metal along side elements of old-school thrash and progressive rock; Katagory V yet again branches out even farther into more melodic, syncopated and hook-laden territories with this release. The band continues building their strength on writing songs with variety and diversity, ensuring the listener is taken on a journey each time. Katagory V began writing "Hymns of Dissension" during the Spring/Summer of 2006 and entered Streamline Sound studios in February of 2007 with producer/engineer Mike Foweks. They would spend three months tracking the album live in the studio, something the band had not done before on previous recordings. In doing so, Katagory V captured the energy and aggression that encompassed their live performances.To help capture the overall feel for the album, the band would employed the talents of famed artist Mattias Norén (Evergrey, Kamelot, Into Eternity) to create a lurid and thought provoking album cover for Hymns of Dissension . Now, Katagory V return in 2007 with a stronger, darker and more vengeful album for the metal masses.


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Tammy Z

Watch for Rising Band!
Katagory V have proven themselves with "Hymns of Dissension!" I would say, of all the bands on the Nightmare Records roster, Katagory V has the most cross-over appeal for fans of mainstream metal as well as prog and power metal fans. This disc is loaded with heavy guitars, killer riffs, blasting drums, solid mid-register vocals (with the occassional height too), and plenty of "old skool metal" influence ala Megadeth and Iron Maiden! The production is very clean and professional, as is the booklet and artwork. This is an all-around solid purchase for practically any metal fan, especially those looking for a good introduction to metal with progressive elements!

Nat H.

This disc has a nice feel to it!
"Hymns of Dissension" is a disc that has a nice melodic, progressive feel to it yet doesn't overdo the "technical wankery" (as I have heard this particular statement before) that a lot of progressive metal bands try to launch themselves into. Lead singer Lynn Allers has a subdued voice that fits this brand of music well. He sounds a bit like the former lead singer of Eidolon (can't remember his name at the moment) with touches of Ronny Munroe of Metal Church (when Allers goes for the more gritty approach). He can definitely hit the higher registers when he needs to but doesn't overdo it like some of the helium-ingesting singers out there. There are plenty of tempo changes involved in the song list to keep it progressive, but there is not the over-the-top usage of keyboards, which I think can defeat the purpose of keeping the songs metal. The drumming keeps everyone in line and provides a little metal attitude with the ocassional double-bass beat action. The bass guitar itself is nice and prominent at different intervals and provides a nice solid foundation and fullness to the songs. Some songs are more progressive, some are more metal; I like the diversity of the song selection and order on this disc. Overall, I am really enjoying the feel to this CD!

Bill

Hymns of Dissension Delivers!
Once in a while a band releases an album that grabs me from the first track and doesn't let go. Katagory V's Hymns of Dissension is one of those albums.

Of course, I expect no less from Minneapolis-based indie label Nightmare Records, owned by veteran metal vocalist Lance King.

What I look for in a power-metal album is (1) excellent vocals, (2) shredding guitar playing, (3) crunchy guitar riffs, (4) catchy arrangements, and (5) clear-as-a-bell production.

In my book, Hymns of Dissension meets the RDA of essential metal -- and then some.

As I listened to this excellent album again (I've had it for 7-8 months, adding it to my CD rotation at least monthly), I heard strains of another band. At first, I couldn't put my finger on it. It was like trying to grasp a fleeting memory that eluded me. So I listened again. Then turned off the CD and listened to the melodies in my head.

Then it hit me. I know for some this will sound way off base. But Hymns of Dissension reminds me of Arch-era Fates Warning. It's not the riffs, which tend to be faster than Fates. It's the soaring vocals and some of the melodies, combined with the immense riffs.

I'm sure no other listener will make this connection. But I did. And that's a big plus for Katagory V. Fates is one of my all-time favorite metal bands.

Okay. All comparisons aside, Hymns of Dissension offers up catchy, guitar-driven metal that bears up to repeated listening. Some songs are rip-roaring. Others are more subdued (the acoustic-guitar opening to "Can You Hear Them," for example, reminds me of the opening to some of Iced Earth's acoustic songs). But each is unique in its own way, and uniquely Katagory V.

If your taste in metal is anything like mine, I present Katagory V -- a band that gets better with every album. I can't wait to hear what they release next!

Spyros Papadakis - Metal Invader (Greece)


KATAGORY V comes from Salt Lake City in Utah and they play straightforward Progressive/Power metal, with a lot of old-school Thrash elements. I had never really heard of them before, but I was glad that their newest CD fell in my hands. I admit that for a relatively unknown band, they have managed to create a quality release.

From the start of the CD, it becomes apparent that they have matured in their sound. The riffs are complicated, the hooks grab you by the balls, the rhythm section is excellent and the vocals display a very talented and powerful singer. Obviously, even though this is their fourth release, the songwriting is much more tight and consistent and all songs have a certain flow that makes the album even more enjoyable.

Overall, I was amazed by the quality of this release. My only complaint is the production, which I think could have been much better, but then again it always depends on the budget that the band had in the first place. Nonetheless, a quality release for fans of the genre that will not disappoint!

Jeremy Richards

Another Great Album From Nightmare Records!
At first glace I thought this album was just another Metal album with some progmetal touches. However once I sat down and gave it a good listen I found it was soo much more. The vocals are great and the vocal lines will catch you. The guitars have a great blend of hard core metal mixed with emotional melodic touches.

My only problem at all with this album is the production qulity could be abit better. Don't get me wrong it's really not that bad. I struggled to find a down side to this album and that was all I could kinda come up with. Still very good to listen to and a great album work picking up.