Underground Spotlight: Catalytic – The Heavy Metal Jewel of Indianapolis
Written by Matt Drummond
When I think about Indianapolis I think “how do i get the hell out of here?” The only positive aspect of Indianapolis that comes to mind is the open alcohol laws. It’s a needed law, trust me. Five minutes of walking around downtown Indy and you’ll need a beer too. In fact, we better make it an Icehouse.
Well listen up, Indianapolis, because i have found your patron saint. Melodic metal newcomers Catalytic have used Indianapolis as their stomping ground since the very beginning. Unfortunately, this isn’t a state capable of accommodating such a savage band.
Dustin Strole (vocals), James Donner (guitar), Dustin Chavez (guitar), Xander Farrington (drums), and Derek Ware (bass) gnashed the scene with their inaugural album, 2014’s The Voice of Reason. This album rains down destruction with 11 explosive tracks. Catalytic is zeroing in on storming the rest of the USA and I guarantee it’s in the near future. Their plan seems simple: crack skulls, cauterize the wound, and crack ‘em again.
Portraying a heavy Killswitch Engage influence, Catalytic drops truck loads of devastating riffs intertwined with slower melodic periods. ‘The Voice of Reason’ has a definite mixture of tempos, but when you do it like Catalytic the results are phenomenal. The positive and uplifting lyrical content fuse together with the music perfectly, creating a frenzied feeling in any and all listeners.
The standout tracks for me are ‘Evil Will Fail’ and ‘Resisting Fear’. These are two of the heavier offerings on the album and they rip. ‘Evil Will Fail’ holds no punches. It’s short, it’s extremely heavy, and it is laced with crushing riffs. Even though I enjoyed all 11 tracks from the album, ‘Evil Will Fail’ is hands down my favorite song.
Catalytic has a lot to live up to when they release their sophomore album, which will hopefully come summer 2017. Of course, when your first album is this good, the bar has been set very high.
I realize most people probably haven’t heard of Catalytic before, but take my word for it – this is definitely a band worth checking out. The second they cross the Indiana state line I foresee a raging inferno. So keep your ears open my fellow metalheads, because Catalytic is coming.