Decibel Magazine is currently hosting an exclusive stream of A Different Painting For A New World, the second LP from Metz, France-based technical/progressive death metal crew, CATALYST, ahead of its official release this Friday through Non Serviam Records.
The drums for A Different Painting For A New World were recorded at Boundless Productions Studio with engineers Flavien Morel and Clément Denys, performed by former drummer Paul Loup who has since been replaced by Stéphane Petit. The rest of the instruments were recorded by the band’s guitarist/vocalist Jules Kicka, bassist/backing vocalist Jefferson Brand, and guitarist/backing vocalist Florian Iochem, after which the tracks were mixed and mastered by HK Krauss at Vamacara Studio (Loudblast, Sinsaneum, Dagoba). The artistic direction of the album’s impressive cover was entrusted to Vincent Fouquet from Above Chaos (Meshuggah, Moonsorrow, Kataklysm), highlighting the battle between The Creator and The Catalyst, illustrating several tracks of the album, with photography from Mathieu Ferrera.
The original story of The Catalyst, a vital core character of the band’s concept, is here delivered through ten brand new tracks that push CATALYST’s sound to new levels of technical prowess. The hour-long A Different Painting For A New World is a diverse, enigmatic, and epic album which consumes the listener with uncompromising ferocity powerful enough to tear a hole in the sky.
The band reveals, “This is the last stretch, the collision which will determine the fate of this world. The Catalyst is now warning the masses of the devastation he will trigger to cast down the wicked as cleansing fire will scorch the Earth. As the purification goes, the Creator then awakes to face Its enemy, unleashing sheer brutality and pure might on the Catalyst, weeded out by the incredible power of the One-Above-All. With his physical body destroyed, the ethereal soul of the Catalyst now glides into an abysmal void, as a feather in the wind.”
With their exclusive stream of the record, Decibel writes, “It pushes the boundaries of both classic and progressive death metal, at the same time creating something new and all its own.”