Playing Damnation Festival this year is the multi-talented and ever so prolific Paul Catten. These are his words about the appearance:
“After listening to the Medulla Nocte albums for the first time in many years, I knew I had to play these songs one last time. A Man Called Catten is a tribute to this material, and my chance to do them justice…playing them as they were meant to be played; live, fast and very loud. I’m ecstatic to be able to perform them at Damnation where I have great memories from previous performances, and this is the one and only time you will hear a set comprising of nothing but Nocte tracks. Relive your youth…the fucking Cat is back!”
Unrelated to this particular performance, Catten is gearing up to unleash his terrific new album on Future Noise, which will be Catten as we have never heard him before. The solo album is called Themes And Variations For Strings And Electronics.
i) The Shocking Reality of Reaching Midlife.
ii) An Army of Narcoleptics That Swarm Upon Us
iii) The Jedi and the Selective Mute
iv) Sonata for Oscillator and Theremin – estinto
v) Finale: Serenity in an Ocean of Storms
Paul Catten first arrived on the scene in the late 90’s with hardcore lunatics Medulla Nocte and after two fierce albums, tour after tour, award nominations, he called it a day going on to form Murder One. Throughout the noughties Catten remained a prolific recording artist immersing himself in various styles of music. From the groove based metal of Murder One to the ultra doom of Lazarus Blackstar, taking in grindcore of his appearance on the Co-Exist album, his insane electronic noise project Stuntcock and the piano beauty of The Dark Half. Current band The Sontaran Experiment released their groundbreaking album in 2007, with cries of genius heaped upon it on its release.
Catten has surrounded himself with his instruments of choice and morphed into the typical hermit (de)composer and has written his most haunting yet most beautiful music to date, “Themes and Variations….”.
The album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Catten himself over the course of late 2010 to early 2011 resulting in a disturbingly dark amalgam of experimental noise and sumptuous classical compositions, recalling the likes of Ben Frost’s acclaimed By The Throat album and Brian Reitzell’s soundtrack for 30 Days Of Night. A truly impressive album.
Limited to 200 copies, hand printed on an original Victorian letterpress in a gatefold sleeve and to be released on Future Noise on 24 October.
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