Being that I do not hear things quite like others (I have Audio Processing Disorder), Kataklysm's first album The Temple Of Knowledge really knocked me for a loop due to the combination of its over-the-top vocals and pelting drums. It was not terribly inventive or even original, but it did what it did, made no apologies, and did it well. Everything that Temple Of Knowledge was, Epic: The Poetry Of War is not. It has moments, and is still preferable to the mainstream crud out there, but it is also thoroughly mediocre by the standards that Kataklysm and bands of similar vintage have set. If you have heard any death metal of a fast tempo, you have heard Epic, simple as that. Whereas the blast beats used to be creative and creatively timed with the vocals, now they are generic to the extent that veteran listeners will not even notice. And given that the drumming combined with the vocals were the entirety of Kataklysm's strength, that is an incredibly bad sign. They should have stopped...
This is almost better than Shadows And Dust, but not quite! This has some awesome songs on it like Manipulator Of Souls. That is one of the best songs by Kataklysm i have heard. The riffs are so awesome, it just make me want to kick someones ...! The drums are so fast it just makes me want to bang my head against the door. The singers voice is awesome, its like a mix of Death and Black metal. What im saying is all the songs on here rule and any death fan should already own it, and if not, you should go buy it. HAIL METAL!!!!!
this is the first Kataklysm album i purchased. after a friend told me to pick up one of their albums i picked up this one, and i found it very good. Kataklysm is like the death metal version of Dream Theater. they are very complex at everything they do and their tracks are full of ear candy. most of the tracks are longer than most bands and they definitly don't have any filler. "Epic" is an album that all death metal fans should have.
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