Continuing to reap praise from fans and critics globally, in an 8.5/10 score, The Metal Observer concludes, "Gravenous Hour exists at the apogee of modern brutal death with its showcase of indefatigable groove, pace, and creativity. KATALEPSY have delivered a pummeling new record that maintains Russia's stranglehold on over-the-top extremity." No Clean Singing issues, "If Gravenous Hour is any sign of what is going on in modern death metal circles, there is certainly a reason to dive deeper into those turgid waters. While old-school death and Swedish death metal continue to reign ascendant, this younger generation of bands is certainly vying for the opportunity to take their place in extreme metal's pantheon." Dead Rhetoric concurs, "Genre fans are sure to get a thrill out ofGravenous Hour. There's a fresh energy and chaos level that KATALEPSY delivers with flair... This is burly, dynamic, and surprisingly memorable death metal." In a 4/5 review, Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurs, "the determination and hard work of this group is fucking stupendous. Not known for pulling punches or leaving the difficult stuff for special occasions, Gravenous Hour shows these musicians at their devastating best. Somewhere deep in the cacophony of tar-lunged vocals and whiplash-friendly drumming lives a guitar and bass attack so pleasing, KATALEPSY should be charging for the privilege." Adds Teeth Of The Divine, "The Gravenous Hour is a brutal, perfect masterpiece that should be revered for years to come. And in a year that has seen Unique Leader Records and tech/brutal death metal deliver some stunning releases, this and First Fragment's Dasein are is the genre's crowning achievements in 2016 and possibly beyond."
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Out now on Unique Leader, the record can be heard in its bestial entirety at THIS LOCATION.
Gravenous Hour was captured at Cosmos Studios by Arkady Navaho (T.H.R.O.N., Obstetrical Palsy) with artwork by W. Smerdulak (Semargl, Blackthorn, Distant Sun et al). Order Gravenous Hour on CD at THIS LOCATION.
KATALEPSY was formed in 2004. The band's first demo, Femicide, brought the first victims to the altar of brutality, which strengthened the band to a point where they began playing live beyond the Moscow region. In 2007 they gave birth to Musick Brings Injuries, and blood was spilled in circle pits and mosh-battles throughout Russia, which led to the Triumph Of Evolution three-way split CD with partners in crime Fleshrot and Blunt Force Trauma. This release gave the band opportunities to invade foreign lands on tour, beginning with a performance at Switzerland's Mountains Of Death Open Air in 2008, followed by raids all over Europe where shows and festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, and Finland became battlefields of unholy beatdowns to the band's technical grooves. In 2010, KATALEPSY unleashed the Your Fear Is Our Inhabitancy EP followed by a three-week European tour, amidst a restructuring of the lineup, when the band caught the attention of Unique Leader Records, and inked a blood pact with the label. The signing was followed by the 2012 release of the band's debut album, Autopsychosis, which was surrounded by widespread touring, and irreversibly brought a new horde of listeners into the band's domain.