The Greek black metal band Katavasia was until now unknown for me. But they have one album out before this album, “Magnus Venator“, which will be released through Floga Records on September the 4th.
The members of this band are also playing in other bands, the singer, Stefan Necroabyssious, and guitarist, Achilleas C. are also in the more well-known band Varathron.
Katavasia plays som kind of old-school, melodic black metal with some stains of rock. It should appeal to fans of bands like Varathron and Rotting Christ.
“Magnus Venator” is a solid album that is kind of straight forward, but there are some twists and turns here and there, and that makes it interesting to listen. The keyboards are maybe not necessary, but they add some dynamics to the music and it takes not too much space.
The songs that are the fastest on this album are the best ones, when Katavasia sounds the most “old-school”, like in the song “Chthonic Oracle” and also “Hordes of Oblivion“.
- Daughters of Darkness [04:45]
- The Tyrant [05:35]
- Blood Be My Crown [04:36]
- Chthonic Oracle [03:30]
- Saturnalia Magnus Cult [02:08]
- Triumphant Fate [04:23]
- Sinistral Covenant [04:04]
- Hordes of Oblivion [04:57]
- Babylon (Sammu-Rawat) [07:30]
Stefan Necroabyssious – screams (Varathron)
Astrous – guitars (Aenaon)
Achilleas C. – guitars & bass (Varathron / Aenaon)
D.K. – guitars (Melan Selas / Riffobia)
Foivos – drums (Hail Spirit Noir / Agnes Vein)
Album title: Magnus Venator
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country/Location: Greece, Ioannina, Epirus
Record label: Floga Records
Release date: September 4, 2020
Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 320 kbp/s mp3
Katavasia - Magnus Venator
Katavasia and this album, “Magnus Venator” does not leave any special marks on me, but it’s not bad and there are some songs that stand out a little more than others, like the song “Hordes of Oblivion“, the quite fast song “Blood Be My Crown” and the song “Chthonic Oracle“.
Would I buy this album?
Maybe, at the first listen the answer would have been no. But the album grew on me after a while.
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