What was once old was new again. With the reading of the last Obituary and the relapse of Pyrexia, Metal Blade found itself without Broken Hope but in charge of Catastrophic. The band maintained a mid-paced death metal sound. Album number two appeared seven years following the debut.
As of 2014, two members were in the reformed Internal Bleeding.
CATASTROPHIC - PATHOLOGY OF MURDER - NAPALM
Catastrophic is one of those easily forgettable metal band names, a monicker that gets lumped in with a whole bunch of other run-of-the-mill signifiers. Catastrophic, Catastrophe, Crematorium (all four of them)”¦ who can distinguish these groups from one another? And is this even the Catastrophic that toured with Immortal during 2002 and featured ex-Obituary members (a quick online search reveals the answer is yes)? Despite my initial prejudice, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this record, the album kicking into high gear after a very generic and mediocre start (two out of the first three songs are unexciting yawn-inducers). Once Pathology Of Murder finds its stride, however, the album is an invigorating and energizing listen, the record spitting out its vile tones with a piss and vinegar delivery. Catastrophic’s strength is its ability to combine total brutality with vicious groove and when that combination locks in, watch out. Also, a plus is Catastrophic’s refusal to over-produce Pathology Of Murder: the relatively grimy snare and tom sounds fit the album perfectly (though the bass drums are ultra-clicky), while the guitars are loud, crunchy and centred. A surprisingly interesting and strong record from a band that is in serious need of a name change. - James Tape