Label : Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Katanga is a Gothic Rock/Metal outfit from Germany. Their second album (“Moonchild”) is out now via Massacre Records and the band is fronted by duel male/female vocals although the lion’s share of the vocals is handled by the male singer Mario. Their style reminds me a bit of Moonspell, Sisters of Mercy, Atrocity or HIM. What you get on “Moonchild” is 18-songs and well over an hour’s worth of darkly romantic Gothic music that is well played, lyrics that are sung mostly in German and a pacing to the songs that is mostly up-tempo. The opening intro “Marquis de Sade” sets the pacing and from there Katanga demonstrates their brand Gothic Metal. Male vocalist Mario has a style that is reminiscent of the guy from Moonspell. Some of my favorites included: 1-minute a capella track “When Darkness Fall” which almost has a Doors vibe to it, this leads into my favorite and one of the faster tracks “Moonchild”. “I’m Gonna Die for You” is also deserving of a mention for being a standout track. Also present on “Moonchild” is the usage of violins. Despite Mario being the main vocalist, female singer Doreen does a great job when she is called upon. “Moonchild” by Katanga grew on me with each listen. If I had one complaint is that it was maybe a little on the long side, but still the band does a good job with keeping it interesting for the most part.

Rating – 77/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Marquis de Sade
  2. Gottlos
  3. Moerder der Erinnerung
  4. When Darkness Falls
  5. Moonchild
  6. Mein Traum
  7. Lemuria
  8. I’m Gonna Die for You
  9. Schwarze Fluegel Metropolis
  10. Metamorphosis
  11. Mondscheinkind
  12. Das Nichts
  13. Mondscheinfahrt
  14. Bittermond
  15. Batflight (New Version)
  16. From Dusk Till Dawn (New Version)
  17. Death of the Fun Generation (New Version)

 

Line Up

  • Mario – Vocals & Guitars
  • Doreen – Female Vocals
  • Michael – Guitars
  • Wilko – Bass
  • Daniel – Drums  

 

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