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Cataract With Triumph Comes Loss

01. Killing Tool 02. Nothing's Left AUDIO 03. Vanished In The Dark 04. Skies Grow Black 05. As We Speak 06. Godevil 07. Fuel 08. Reborn From Fire 09. Saving Shelter 10. Hallow Horns 11. With Triumph Comes Loss
2004 Metal Blade Records
Our score 6

by Cory

In the last five years, the "metalcore" genre has included an ever-increasing number of bands who bear less and less resemblance to hardcore, aside from occassional breakdowns and connections to the hardcore music community. Cataract is one of many bands whose music seems to aspire to be the opposite: hardcore with metal riffs and drumming. This is in the spirit of the "metalcore" that bands like Earth Crisis, Integrity and Unbroken pioneered over a decade ago. While their past releases have contained many musical hints of their European precursors, With Triumph Comes Loss sounds more like it was made in Connecticut than Gothenburg. Cataract recreate the styles of Hatebreed and Bury Your Dead but with a few wise choices throughout that help justify this record's existence. The most noticeable difference between Cataract's album and those of the aforementioned bands is that it is mercifully free of stupid production tricks and gimmicks. With Triumph Comes Loss is a remarkably clean metal record, free of the cheese and silliness that can often be layered into this sort of thing. The bass drum sounds like a combination of a dull thud and a death metal "click," which anchors the overall sound definitively on the metal side of things, but this couples nicely with the decidedly hardcore songwriting. The downfall to this combination is that, while they have simultaneously captured two distinct sounds, they have failed to truly capture the spirit of either. The overall lack of lyrical depth and musical inventiveness leave this disc sounding like what I suppose it is deep down: a decent metal band's attempt at writing a hardcore record. The one thing Cataract did truly capture about hardcore is its relative predictability. I listened to this once by myself and once with a friend and we were both able to predict the patterns and breakdowns upon our respective first listens. I cannot think of another situation in which the term "by the numbers" would apply more accurately to an album. Bottom Line: Cataract are a good band that I genuinely feel are giving their all and putting themselves out there. While in many cases, I appreciate a good, old-fashioned metal-edged hardcore record, I can't say I was blown away by this one. It's fun without being memorable and enjoyable without being essential. I like the direction the band seems to be taking their music, but I'm not sold on With Triumph Comes Loss yet.


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joe_ 12/17/2004 3:37:01 PM


Mike Reinharz_ 12/17/2004 4:08:00 PM

I was going to review this and give it a 7...they are carrying on the spirit of All Out War. Your criticisms are definitely valid, but I think it deserved 7.

poncho villas_ 12/17/2004 4:09:22 PM

you're stupid and your reviews suck ass. this album could be reviewed in a paragraph without all the elitist bullshit personal comments. how the f*ck did Alex ever pick you as a reviewer? give good head? WTF?!?!?!?!

poncho villas_ 12/17/2004 4:13:10 PM

oh and you fail at life, eat a dick and die of some third world disease you syphlitic outcome of a mongolian gangf*ck.

o.O_ 12/17/2004 5:35:24 PM

Poncho takes life too seriously. Maybe he should choke on his boyfriends dick and realize that Cory is only doing what he is meant to do, review. So, take this advice: Shut the f*ck up and die. Good day.

yousuck_ 12/17/2004 6:50:34 PM

i dig catarct

leach_ 12/18/2004 5:34:44 PM

'metal-edged' as opposed to 'metal-core.' get it? he's clever.

Hxcobd_ 12/21/2004 3:17:01 AM

This review was valid. Well done.

godfatherofsoul_ 12/22/2004 4:36:09 AM

I was going to review this and give it a 7...they are carrying on the spirit of All Out War. Your criticisms are definitely valid, but I think it deserved 7. posted by Mike Reinharz ( on 12/17/2004 4:08:00 PM There is a difference between Cataract and All out war All out war were awesome cataract are shit

Cory_ 12/23/2004 12:11:26 AM

All Out War is a great comparison. I think if their weren't a ton of bands that kinda sounded like this though, I'd be friendlier to it. That being said, it is very solid.

matt_ 1/1/2005 2:53:04 AM

good band, good review. If there weren't 98695895 other bands doing this music they would get a better score most likely.

suckmedry_ 6/9/2005 2:11:04 AM

this review makes me sick... hey, riviewer cory! i think u dunno anything about METAL! cataract knows well what riffs are...