BAND/AUTHOR:

CATCHLIGHT

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
HELIOS PART ONE (2019)
LABEL:
AUTOPRODUCTION
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE METAL

"Between post rock, atmospheric rock and progressive rock, Catchlight is looking for its way."
NEWF - 03.02.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
3/5
If there's one band that's been emulated around the world, it's Porcupine Tree. There are hundreds of bands claiming to be his musical ancestors. Catchlight is one of them even if the group of Steven Wilson is not its only influence and that the contributions of Tool, Karnivool or Riverside were obvious with the listening of the first album of the Lyonnais, "Amaryllis", appeared in 2016.

For this second opus, "Helios Part One", we take the same and we start again. This is not surprising, given that this new concept album is a prequel to the first one, whose post-apocalyptic universe is based on a science-fiction story written by guitarist and singer Sébastien Arnaud, founder of Catchlight. However, the band's obvious progress in terms of production and realisation, with the aim of creating an immersive music that fits perfectly with the dark and melancholic lyrics questioning on the survival of humanity after the end of civilisation, is to be commended.

If the approach is not frankly original, Catchlight has a definite talent for creating bewitching and emotional atmospheres. In this register, the first two tracks of the album ('Hemera' and 'Extinction') are the most successful and impose Anathema as another obvious influence of the band.

But if, like Anathema or Tool, Catchlight builds its compositions on powerful upswing  intended to carry away the adhesion and to provoke the emotion, some tracks struggle to really take off and prove to be not very convincing. It is in particular the case of 'Nyx', rather monotonous electro-atmospheric instrumental, and the very long and repetitive 'Cyclops' which adds Nine Inch Nails to the long list of influences of Catchlight.

Multiplying influences is one thing, digesting them is another. And even if it's nice to listen to, 'Helios Part One' never really shows the true personality of Catchlight, seeking his way between post rock and atmospheric rock, tempting timid incursions into the universe of metal and progressive rock by too showy borrowings from Porcupine Tree (Silent Ghosts') and leaving the listener with a taste of unfinished business despite some very promising tracks ('Resurrection'). It's a pity because Catchlight seems to have a real potential that is just waiting to blossom. But the adventure has only just begun and the band has the future ahead of it to take its marks.

More informations on http://www.catchlight.fr/



SIMILAR BANDS:
TOOL, FACE THE DAY, KARNIVOOL, ANATHEMA, RIVERSIDE, PORCUPINE TREE

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hemera - 4:05
02. Extinction - 5:18
03. Silent Ghosts - 5:40
04. Insurrection - 7:08
05. Nyx - 3:53
06. Cyclops - 9:30
07. Resurrection - 8:02


LINEUP:
Arnaud Michelet: Guitares
Michael Holzinger: Batterie
Sébastien Arnaud: Chant / Guitares


TAGS:
Melancholic, Smoothing, Dark, Concept-album
 
 
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