2008 is a very special year in the history of the Swiss metal band, Cataract. Not only is the band celebrating their tenth year of existence, they are also releasing their highly anticipated fifth album!
The title of the record, which follows 2006’s highly successful, Kingdom, is simply called, Cataract. This album is solid proof of what the name has stood for since 1998: massive riffs in between thrash, death and core, heavy and in your face! With an almost completely renewed line-up, the band sounds heavier, more varied and more melodic than ever, pummelling the listener at every turn!
Cataract have evolved into one of Switzerland’s premiere metal outfits and one of Europe’s constants in the modern thrash and metalcore genres. Formed out of the ashes of Mine, Damage I.D. and Cease, the band’s primary aim was to blend brutal moshes and ferocious thrash into a new for of metal. What started off as a new metallic breeze to the hardcore scene quickly turned into a storm when the first recordings were released. After several releases on various Labels such as Ferret Records in the USA and LifeForce Records in Germany, Cataract caught the attention of Metal Blade Records and was ultimately signed to their roster in 2004.
Since their inception, Cataract have worked constantly, locked in stuffy rehearsal rooms, conquering stages all over the world, and spreading their unique blend of metal. They’ve played hundreds of club shows, been on tours such as the Hell On Earth and No Mercy packages, various small tours throughout Europe and the USA, and countless festival appearances. They’ve appeared at Germany’s With Full Force, Wacken, Summer Breeze and Rock Hard Open Airs, Greenfield (Switzerland’s biggest Rock Open Air), Belgium’s Dour Fest, the American and French HellFest, the Czech Brutal Assault fest, etc.
Experience accumulated through years of pioneering the European scene shows in their brutal riffs, their hateful vocals and crushing rhythms. That is exactly what is expected by their huge fan base, which, thanks to constant tours (Hell On Earth, X-Mas Festivals, supporting AMON AMARTH) and festival gigs (Pressure Fest, With Full Force, Wacken, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, etc.), is comprised of equal portions of metal heads and hardcore fans. Both groups of fans, neither of which are easily pleased, will revel in Cataract and have their eardrums blown out by the monstrous sound courtesy of Antfarm Studios (Denmark). Switzerland not only stands for cheese, chocolate, watches and dodgy bank accounts, but most importantly… BRUTALITY!
The perfect soundtrack to a massacre is Cataract!
Cataract will be promoting their massive new release with tons of shows and various tours all over the world! Be prepared for Cataract’s self titled fifth studio release available everywhere on April 1st, 2008!