Catarrhal are a band from Belgium that plays a very brutal form of death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Fleshgrave" which was re-issued in 2016 by Great Dane Records and also consists of their 2004 demo "Beyond Onirisn".
A very distorted guitar sound along with melodic leads start off the album before going into a very fast and brutal direction t hat also utilizes a great amount of death metal growls and blast beats as well as the guitar riffs adding melody into the brutality and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads from the intro are also a very huge part of the recording and some songs also bring in a small amount of high pitched screams and some songs also bring in an influence from Death's later material giving the music more of a progressive feeling and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and the demo tracks also have more of a raw yet brutal style of death metal to them.
Catarrhal plays a style of death metal that is very brutal while also demonstrating a great amount of talent and skill as musicians, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, violent and gore themes.
In my opinion Catarrhal are a very great sounding brutal death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Funeral Lava" "Into the Arms Of Light" "Vomited Souls" and "Necroleader". 8 out of 10.