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Catherine - Inside/Out Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.75
Musicianship 8.75
Lyrics 7
Production 8.5
Creativity 7.75
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 82%
Member Ratings
Vocals 2.88
Musicianship 2.75
Lyrics 2.25
Production 0.63
Creativity 1.88
Lasting Value 2
Reviewer Tilt 2.5
Average: 21%
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Catherine - Inside/Out

Reviewed by: brenByah (06/18/09)
Catherine - Inside Out
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: April 28, 2009

Sacramento act Catherine are no strangers to hardship. The band has experienced numerous lineup changes over the past 6 years, with guitarist Robert Tobin being the only remaining founder. The biggest of these departures was former lead singer Bryan Lemasters. The 2007 release The Naturals was the debut of new vocalist Nick Bradwell. To many fans' dismay, Catherine's sound had evolved, becoming more melodic than the records of their past. As Catherine moved on, Lemasters began his fight with cancer, which eventually took his life on December 28, 2008. Inside Out marked another new start for Catherine as the lineup changed once again, leaving only founder Robert Tobin and Nick Bradwell from The Naturals era. Inside Out finds the band and its new members refining the direction they established in Catherine's 2007 release.

Inside Out opens with the blistering "Tight Britches." The brief intro breathlessly leads into the record's stand out track, "Prosthetic Limbs." Bradwell's growls will give hardcore fans more headbanging action than they can pump a fist at. The melodic moments that made many long term Catherine fans nervous in The Naturals are still present, though they never distract from the heart racing pace of the album. Tobin and fellow guitarist Taylor Rearick provide Catherine's most solid guitar work to date. Each riff menacingly cuts through each track with intricate lead parts showing a strong metal influence ("Drugs Are Bad"). Most of Bradwell's lyrics are pretty simple and occasionally playful, like Catherine's dance friendly (though moshing would be more appropriate) "Bailer." Bradwell challenges the listener to "show us just what you can do." Everything from dosey do's to hip hop moves are acceptable in Club Catherine, and it may be the only time a band asks listeners to "fuckin' drop it like it's hot" without wearing shutter shades and white denim. Fans of vintage Catherine should still find some satisfaction from Bradwell's roars, with the clean vocals on the backburner for the majority of Inside Out, though occasional breaks for singing provide a great addition for tracks like "Prosthetic Limbs," "Fair Enough," "Turbulence," and "Nobody Likes a Friend Who's Dead."

Over the past few years acts like Gallows have solidified their place as the kings of hardcore. With the release of Inside Out, Catherine shows the Brits that the States now have someone worthy of the crown, as Catherine rise from the ashes once again.

http://www.myspace.com/catherine

Recommended If You LikeGallows, Comeback Kid, Hardcore at its Finest
 
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10:01 AM on 06/24/09
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catherine? hardcore???
11:03 AM on 06/24/09
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they sound nothing like Gallows.
12:01 PM on 06/24/09
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catherine? hardcore???
What would you call them?
07:28 PM on 06/24/09
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This album was a huge disappointment for me. I had liked their previous stuff, but the screaming is awful in this album.
03:36 PM on 06/25/09
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i might have to check this out.
Personally, i think you should call them metalcore.brenByah.
08:08 PM on 06/25/09
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This band is fucking garbage. They used to be good, but this record is so fake. This is nothing like who they are at all. Not to mention Nicky B's vocals are trash.

Edit: Hardcore? This couldn't be any more obvious that this is a metal record.
09:26 AM on 06/27/09
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I got so bored listening to this record and it was in the first 20 seconds.
05:42 PM on 06/27/09
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This band is fucking garbage. They used to be good, but this record is so fake. This is nothing like who they are at all. Not to mention Nicky B's vocals are trash.

Edit: Hardcore? This couldn't be any more obvious that this is a metal record.
They've been referred to as Hardcore and Metal. Debates of genres are fruitless, everybody tends to label bands a different way when no true determinant exists on how to properly place a band within the appropriate genre.
05:45 PM on 06/27/09
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They've been referred to as Hardcore and Metal. Debates of genres are fruitless, everybody tends to label bands a different way when no true determinant exists on how to properly place a band within the appropriate genre.
That wasn't even the focal point of my post really. This band has never sounded like Gallows or Comeback Kid, let alon even on this release.
05:47 PM on 06/27/09
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That wasn't even the focal point of my post really. This band has never sounded like Gallows or Comeback Kid, let alon even on this release.
It's a RIYL, I think some fans of Gallows or Comeback Kid could enjoy this release.
05:49 PM on 06/27/09
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It's a RIYL, I think some fans of Gallows or Comeback Kid could enjoy this release.
Still, it wasn't really the point of my initial post. What's more of a shame is how terrible this record is.
07:01 PM on 06/27/09
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Still, it wasn't really the point of my initial post. What's more of a shame is how terrible this record is.
That's fine, I don't expect everyone to agree with my opinion. I personally really enjoyed this record.
07:03 PM on 06/27/09
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That's fine, I don't expect everyone to agree with my opinion. I personally really enjoyed this record.
That's fine, but as a fan of this band's previous material, it's hard to get behind this record.
07:43 PM on 06/27/09
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That's fine, but as a fan of this band's previous material, it's hard to get behind this record.
Understandable, it's a drastically different band.
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