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Katra: Beast Within

Gothic Metal band Katra's second release Beast Within is also their first with Napalm records. So this Finnish band are yet another female fronted Gothic Metal group, given the number of these bands it's hard not to make comparisons and many times you get a sense of deja-vu.

The first half of the album had its moments with tracks like opener "Grail Of Sahara" which has a nice vibe as does next track "Forgotten Bride", another is "Swear" a catchy guitar driven track, but the remainder failed to really excite or grab my attention as much. Performance wise Katra Solopuro vocalist and bands namesake has an engaging voice well suited to the music that's present. The other four members are skilled enough to provide the required backing with some catchy melodies and good balance of guitar and keyboard.

Beast Within while being solid just isn't anything remarkable, I found it somewhat lacking in overall appeal, Katra are in need of that something special to make them stand out. If you have to buy everything released in the Gothic Metal genre grab yourself a copy of this, otherwise have a listen first.


Track Listing:
1. Grail Of Sahara
2. Forgotten Bride
3. Beast Within
4. Fade To Gray
5. Swear
6. Promise Me Everything
7. Mystery
8. Flow
9. Scars In My Heart
10.Storm Rider
11.Mist Of Dawn

Added: October 17th 2008
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: The Band's Website
Hits: 1974
Language: english

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Katra: Beast Within
Posted by Dave da Silva on 2008-11-17 13:49:17
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Great album!!! What is Nightwish? Great guitars and melodies. I ´m not a fan of this kind of vocal, but Katra´s voice with this music is perfect. Congratulations!!!

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