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Review: Catamenia - The Rewritten Chapters
The Rewritten Chapters

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 1:02:04
Tracks: 15
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 10, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Rewritten Chapters

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

The Rewritten Chapters is a compilation drawing from the nine full-length albums released by Finland's Catamenia since 1998. Billed as "Nordic" Metal by Massacre Records, there are certainly plenty of the Black Metal-style rasps, blast-beats and tremolo picking usually associated with Viking Metal. There are also Death growls, clean vocals, traditional riffing, keyboards and lots of melody. If it sounds like there is a lot going on that's because there is. Too much, really. The songs are jammed full and the mix doesn't have enough room for them all. The bass drums suffer the worst and are barely audible, at times. All of this wouldn't necessarily doom the songs if they were killer, but they aren't. Most are fairly pedestrian with no hooks. Everything is so smooth and blended together there's no emotional build. The playing is good but that just makes The Rewritten Chapters one of those albums that is good when on but instantly forgettable when over. Unless you are a die-hard Catamenia fan, you can pass this one by.

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