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Death metal mutators Catastrophic have returned after a lengthy hiatus with a slasher flick-esque slice and dice 11-track delight titled PATHOLOGY OF MURDER. Brutal music, meet brutal lyrics. Brutal lyrics, meet skull-crushing performances that don't allow for a moment to catch your breath. This seasoned NY-based outfit melds the mindset of NYHC with tones the classic Florida death metal sound and an attitude cut out of the filthy underbelly of the extreme metal realm for a durable diversion into the land of mosh on cuts like the pounding "Problem, Reaction, Solution" and the twisting malevolence of "Splendors Calling". Catastrophic plays by the book and yields few surprises, yet their steady stream of crossover explosions appeases those into everything from Brutal Truth to Obituary.
- Mike SOS