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Artist: Katanga
Title: Moonchild
Genre: Gothic Metal / Gothic Rock
Release Date: 28th January 2011
Label: Massacre Records


Album Review

This band that seems to have taken its name after the Belgium controlled protectorate "State of Katanga" in the South Congo (1960-1963) released their first demo/EP, 'Leben' back in 1999, followed by another 'Batflight' in 2000. Only in 2006 they managed to release their first LP, 'Darkchild' and now, they've managed to sign a deal with Massacre Records and are about to release their second album, 'Moonchild'.

The story is typical; the young prince after many adventures manages to marry the young princess and ends up living together with her happily ever after. Not quite; the result was a plain boredom, mundane with some happy moments of course. The 'Gottlos' and strangely enough the 'When darkness falls' are among the best moments of the album, though the former is spoilt by the so very clichéd woman's pleasured sighs. Well, then couple lived remembering the happy moments of the past, so, they decided to re-release the 'Batflight', the 'From Dusk Till Dawn' and 'Death of Fun Generation' with new orchestral parts.

Why not save this for EP? It seems pointless to release a new album with revamped old songs. It makes one wonder if they're still a band in progress and haven't found their own sound yet. I really hope that the dragon wasn't killed in the beginning of the story and he'll come to swallow them up! A mediocre and lukewarm album that proves, once again, that even if all the members of a band have talent the results can be catastrophic.


Tracklist

01. Marquis De Sade – 1.41
02. Gottlos – 2.13
03. Moerder Der Erinnerung – 3.56
04. When Darkness Falls – 1.00
05. Moonchild – 4.37
06. Mein Traum – 4.32
07. Lemuria – 4.12
08. I'm Gonna Die For You – 5.59
09. Schwarze Fluegel – 3.37
10. Metropolis – 5.28
11. Metamorphosis – 1.02
12. Mondscheinkind – 3.30
13. Das Nichts – 4.01
14. Mondscheinfahrt – 4.06
15. Bittermond – 6.00
16. Batflight (new version) - 4.19


Line-up

Mario – vocals, guitar
Doreen – vocals
Micha – guitar
Wilko – bass
Daniel – drums


Websites

http://www.batflight.de


Cover Picture




Rating

Music: 5
Sound: 7
Total: 6 / 10

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