Gatefold 12" LP · (Nuclear War Now! Productions)


As they did with their first album, Man, God, Giant, in 2013, KATECHON of Trondheim, Norway hereby release their second full-length, Coronation, under the banner of Nuclear War Now! Musically speaking, Coronation picks up much where the previous album left off, having also been recorded at Nordstern and mixed, mastered, and produced by the band themselves. KATECHON's music is characterized by precise, tremolo-attacking riffs, reminiscent of their Norwegian ancestors, MAYHEM and THORNS. There are also hints of AUTOPSY's brand of punk-infused death metal, both in the rhythmic patterns employed and the vocals, which oftentimes remind of the death grunts made famous by Chris Reifert, albeit here with more of a black metal influence. As with Man, God, Giant KATECHON have once again chosen the talents of artist Mari Oseland to portray their visual aesthetic. Nonetheless, there are noticeable differences between the two albums that enable them both to stand apart on their own individual merits. Whereas the songs on the first album were generally somewhat more straightforward and easily-digested, as well as a bit shorter, Coronation places a greater demand on the listener by invoking more dissonance, atonality and a higher degree of intricacy in its compositions. Thematically speaking, Man, God, Giant was more metaphysical and philosophical in nature, complete with Lovecraftian creatures and images. In contrast, Coronation explores the autonomy of self – on the one hand alone, but on the other thriving in its complete freedom from society's imposed norms, rules and doctrines. This album embraces the sickness and delirium that are prone to infect the imperfect being's mind, and it prefers to proclaim Nietzsche a coward by instead staring directly into the abyss and diving right in.

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