||“A New Breed Of Rebellion” was
released in 2004 on Metal Ages Records. Katagory
V has created an album with a heavy and melodic power metal sound.
It’s kind of hard to think of who they sound like, but it’s
probably a cross between Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater.
The riffs can be Maidenesque with some progressive influences a la
Dream Theater. Almost as if Maiden was playing on old Metallica guitars,
but this isn’t quite as good. They know how to play many elements
of power metal; it’s just not in a flowing manner at all times.
The slower paced sound could be a culprit too. If they reorganized
the parts, or change a few riffs it would have better dynamics and
better overall resonance. A little tweaking with the board might help
to…the bass is a little loud a times and the drums seem a little
distant. A few track highlights include “No Respect” and
“One Last Time.” Katagory V is really an average ensemble,
but do have a promising sound. This is not a bad CD, but nothing makes
it better than average either.