Katra

Beast Within

Written by: PP on 04/09/2008 02:20:29

"This is for the heavy hearted" sings vocalist Katra Solopuro in "Forgotten Bride", the second song on Katra's (yes, the band is named after their singer) sophomore album "Beast Within", effectively boiling down to the smallest detail what Katra and their music is all about. We are of course dealing with a (Finnish) gothic metal band fronted by a classically trained hottie, her being the kind of vocalist you only tend to discover in Finland; one with a genuinely operatic voice that's both powerful and delicate at the same time. Think Tarja Turunen meets Amberian Dawn, vocally.

In terms of instruments, Katra's music is pretty generic, textbook gothic metal, with half of it leaning on the epic soundscapes of power metal, and the remainder showcasing the kind of riffs usually seen in heavy metal bands. The trouble is, there aren't really any riffs or keyboard combos that stick out in the way that they do in Nightwish's or Amberian Dawn's material. Only when Solopuro herself is able to stretch her voice to a nice melody does the album become memorable. This is a shame, because a vocalist as well trained as she is in operatic vocals should have a better band backing - why didn't Nightwish hire her instead of Anette? She would've sounded at least more like Tarja did.

That's also why this review isn't much longer than it is. There just isn't anything more to say about "Beast Within" than mention it's gothic metal references and the usual keyboard/guitar interplays. It's just one of those albums that isn't particularly good without being terribly bad either.

6

Download: Forgotten Bride
For the fans of: Nightwish, Amberian Dawn
Listen: Myspace

Release date 01.09.2008
Napalm Records

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