Recent Prosthetic Records signees, KATAAN have today released Abyss, the second single from their upcoming self-titled EP – out on May 7. The modern death metal duo is comprised of Nicholas Thornbury (formerly of Vattnet Viskar) on guitar and vocals, and Brett Boland (Astronoid) on drums and bass. Whilst small in number KATAAN‘s sound is vast in scope.
Speaking on the new single, Nicholas Thornbury comments: “Abyss is a song about loss or what could have been. That thing, that choice or action that will haunt you forever. I find myself dwelling on these things in that half-conscious state right before sleep, sometimes wishing I could stay there and fix the things I’ve broken in the past.”
Dystopian death metal is the foundation for KATAAN’s explorations through existential missives and depressive imagery. The pair have created a thick, hypnotic level of atmosphere with layers of pounding drums and pummeling riffs that fill up the furthest ends of the musical spectrum. Shot through with melody, the four-track EP is as uplifting as it is melancholic – invoking cinematic landscapes and post-apocalyptic darkness.
Recorded by Brett in summer 2019, before being mastered by Magnus Lindberg, KATAAN has crafted a statement of intent with these four tracks and paved the way for their debut full-length.
Kataan EP will be released via Prosthetic Records on May 7.