Title: Without Looking Back
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Pure Steel Records
Release date: June 14th 2019
1. Black Night In My Chair
3. Medival Fire
4. The Race For Life
5. Flying Fire
7. Walls Of Whispers
8. Let There be Fire
10. The Promised Land
Qbek Weigel – vocals
Piotr Luczyk – guitars
Adam "Harris" Jasiński – bass
Mariusz Prętkiewicz – drums
I've been listening to "Without Looking Back" for a few days now and not because I need to be convinced but because it's a great album.
KAT are back in shape, energetic and magnetic as always, with this new album which will be release on next June 14th by Pure Steel Records.
Ten tracks that consolidate the band as one of the best in the heavy metal scene since the early 80’s.
Pioneers of the metal genre, Kat are more than brilliant and lashing in "Without Looking Back", an album that transports through its shadows.
"Black Night In My Chair”, the opener, song that anticipated the album, it’s what can be defined as the classic song that leaves you open-mouthed, bad, raw and rough, despite the bland and soft moments interspersed between the cascades of riffs and the raw voice. Such a brilliant start.
The following “Poker” is is an interweaving of speed and classic metal with inlays that caress epic sonorities. With a robust rhythm, sharp guitars and sharp, the voice always up, voice generously excellent, "Poker" is in my opinion one of the songs at the top of the album.
“Medival Fire” sounds like a 'denunciation' to the holy Inquisition, to fears, to the darkest period that history may have had and Kat do it in music, a powerful and resolute music.
Once again great guitars that like whips (given the topic the comparison is more than suitable) lash out solos and important riffs, the rhythmic section that since the beginning of the album does not miss a beat and maintains the outstanding structure of the track and of course the voice of Qbek Weigel that manages to give the proper interpretation, between anger and deep timbre.
With an intro more oriented towards hard rock, "The Race For Life" evolves into a classic heavy metal with roots in NWOBHM. It goes without saying that Kat don't need to be inspired by any band of the time, as the band itself experienced that period to the full.
A captivating piece of pure sound with powerful riffs, power chords, dark atmosphere and an eightyth melody are the structure of this piece that is another well-settled blow within "Without Looking Back". We're only at the fourth track and the band doesn't give a blow, on the contrary, in every track it's a stirred up one.
“Flying Fire” is yet another music lesson in which Kat express themselves with passion and we can hear it from the guitar solos and the rhythmic and almost obsessive rhythm, after all, we like metal for these gems contained in the songs and Kat succeed in intending to creep into us with these very characteristics, among other things very personal.
“Wild” is one of my favorite piece with its guitar intro to which the drums are added and then lead to a song that develops another classic of metal.
Passionate, with hints of blues veins for a very gritty song with sounds rooted in the seventies, Passionate, with hints of blues veins for a very gritty song with sounds rooted in the seventies. With typical influences of bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin
The album continues in a very passionate way with the following track "Walls Of Whispers”, straight to the point of being pure heavy metal., the essence of the band, its spirit, its not being inclined to fashion but faithful to the roots of the purest metal. The ingredients are always a good dose of massive guitars, clear and rough voice, special attention to the melody and as much healthy robust rhythm.
“Let There be Fire” is perhaps one of the most infused songs of dark, a darker atmosphere creeps into this piece, but not only, there are also blues veins, even in the song that expresses itself in a unique way. Beautiful song, a surprising musicality that manages to touch even prog sounds.
More" is very interesting and somewhat theatrical, interesting because it manages to bring together several styles in a single ‘essemble’. A voice that manages to interpret that seems so instinctive, with references to the style of Bruce Dickinson in some ways.
Great as always the guitar solos that become the pivot on which the bass and drums rotate. An intriguing and enthralling track.
A surprise ending for "Without Looking Back" with such a delicate and refined melody, which gives a break to the whole album, after lashes of energy and lightning-fast solos, that almost at the end of the song returns overbearing that explosive charge that the band has given us music so far. Simply fantastic closure.
KAT with their latest work, they manage to amaze, bewitch and instill positivity in the vast world of heavy metal and as always come out winners. "Without Looking Back" is one of the best metal albums I've heard so far in this 2019.
Kat are the living elegance of metal, there is none for anyone, they remain one of the great bands that continue to mark great success.
If I were you, I wouldn't let this record slip away.
Welcome back Kat!
Kat - Flying Fire / Without Looking Back Album Official Video