In 2002 Past
and Present Webzine reviewed an EP by this, for us, totally unknown band Cataract released on LifeForce Records. Two years
down the road, another album on LifeForce Records and tons of touring experience, these guys now find themselves on Metal
Blade Records, a label probably best known for their take on old-school metal such as thrash, death, classic, power metal
and stuff like that. Lately, however, Metal Blade along with lots of other labels have been very eager to sign bands finding
themselves within the current metalcore genre.
released several albums of this kind last year and this year Roadrunner, Century Media and Metal Blade along with others have
been playing along.
Cataract, drummer Ricky Durst – no relations to Fred Durst, I am sure - on the phone, we asked him how he felt about
being on Metal Blade and how he felt about the whole metalcore-thing seeming to be the newest big thing within metal.
To this he
answered that it was great being on Metal Blade and just having released the new album “With Triumph Comes Loss”
there. Cataract didn’t have any problems being on LifeForce - actually the relationship between the label and the band
was very good, but it was a natural step forward to sign to Metal Blade. “It’s nice to see reviews of your
new CD in every important music Magazine around. We didn’t see that before. And we’re positively surprised over
the nature of the reviews, which are all really positive. RockHard and Metal Hammer gave us excellent reviews and in RockHard
we got the third place on their top-list, which is quite impressive.”
Commenting on the whole metalcore-thing, Ricky doesn’t see Cataract trying to be part of any current trend. They
just write the music that they like, which is equal parts hardcore and metal. They don’t care for genre descriptions
and stuff like that, but he can, however, see an opportunity in metalcore being gaining major success right now.
With Cataract coming from Switzerland – a scene that I am not too familiar with, I just couldn’t help but
asking about the scene there. He told me that there was a strong hardcore scene in Switzerland and that there was a lot of
talent to look out for, but the problem in Switzerland is that the scene is really divided, as the country is divided into
four different parts of people. There’s the Italian part, the French part, the German part and then the part that speaks
this unknown, strange language that just a few people speak anymore. And this is a problem, because although Cataract live
less than a mile from the Italian part, they’ve never played one single show there. Just to show how divided the scene
Cataract have been playing quite a lot of shows and later this year this’ll continue. They’ll be playing every
opportunity they get. In November they’ll be playing Germany. Then they’re gonna be touring UK and the rest of
Europe even with a show in Denmark, where Cataract have fond memories playing the Fredericia Hardcore Festival.
After touring as much as possible Cataract is ready to head back to
the studios to start recording yet another album for Metal Blade Records.
- “With Triumph Comes Loss” is out on September 6th
on Metal Blade Records.