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Kat – The Last Convoy

Kat
The Last Convoy
by Quinten Serna at 18 September 2020, 8:19 AM

Within the confines of literary reviews concerning Metal there exists a completely inane amount of references and analogues to the conception of what is Classic-sounding or Old School, and yet such descriptors pale in the face of a band who was not only borne of such devices but has, as well, remained unchanged in both their delivery and approach. KAT has crafted for themselves a musical niche over the years and continues to awe and inspire after 41 years with their latest release, a sort of remaster of the band’s history dubbed, “The Last Convoy.”

The album starts off with a new beat entitled, “Satan’s Night,” beginning with drums and a solo warm up before the entire band joins in—the progression of the song is simple and yet the unchanging groove drives the song; the apodictic intricate guitar work is all things sublime and inspiring wresting the listener’s attention immediately. “The Last Convoy” shares many things in common with the preceding track in reference to progression and performance though features more groove modulations. “Mind Cannibals” is the first of the re-approached tracks which also features singer, HENRY BECK, whom was the vocalist for the band between 2005 and 2018. It would be criminal to not mention the track “Flying Fire 2020” which features none other than TIM “RIPPER” OWENS himself on Vocals—the song is triumphant by design but by far dissimilar in construction from any manner of anthem.

The quality of the instruments in regards to fidelity and performance is perhaps the most recognizable feature of the album as previously released tracks have been re-recorded and released in celebration of the band’s heritage, and the quality shows through. The guitars are bright and powerful in their reach commanding focus on both channels as they deliver a perfectly matched stereoscopic sound; the bass is clear, distinct, and also a bit bright, though it does nothing to diminish its power or its ability to lay a foundation for the rest of the album; the drums are centered and exacting balancing out the sonic build of the band; and lastly, the vocals are perfectly mixed into the band, where each singer is clearly defined and compelling.

The Last Convoy” is far from your typical album as its focus departs from the convention of projecting new material, but much rather celebrates the band’s 40 odd year history by re-recording some songs from antiquity, as well including tributes to bands that served as influences and inspirations to the KAT’s long career. This album would best draw attention of longtime fans of the band who would be astonished to see classics reworked with modern recording, or to new listeners that can fully appreciate the band’s works and influences. With new music on the way, this album is a pure celebration, and exceeds in that virtue.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Satan’s Night
2. The Last Convoy
3. Mind Cannibals
4. Highway Star (Deep Purple Cover)
5. Dark Hole – The Habitat Of Gods
6. Flying Fire 2020
7. Blackout (Scorpions Cover)
8. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC Cover)
9. Hidden Track
Lineup:
Harris – Bass
Rogol – Drums
Piotr Luczyk – Guitars
Qbek Weigel – Vocals
Record Label: Pure Steel Records
     


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Edited 23 July 2021
 

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