June 21, 2018 Like A Storm – Catacombs (Album Review)
Reaching for the top, Auckland, New Zealand’s hottest commodity in Hard Rock, Like A Storm could not be more excited to announce the release of their third overall studio album, Catacombs, dropping on Friday, June 22, 2018, via RED Music.
For the Hard Rock fan who is unfamiliar with Like A Storm, it is time to go to school and learn about one of the most real, up-and-coming acts in Rock. Formed way back in 2005, Like A Storm is made up from the bloodline of brothers Chris Brooks (lead vocals/guitar/didgeridoo), Matt Brooks (lead guitar/vocals), and Kent Brooks (bass), rounded out by the thunder of Zach Wood (drums). Sonically, the sound of Like A Storm is molded out of straight-up Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge, and Electronica similar to a band like The Plot In You. Not to be forgotten, Like A Storm is most likely the first ever Hard Rock band to feature a didgeridoo, an age old Australian wind instrument. One must listen closely to hear this unorthodox pairing.
In 2009, Like A Storm took to the United States with dreams of making it big, and, on September 29, 2009, released the debut LP The End of the Beginning. Working defiantly, Like A Storm toured like madmen and eventually built a cult following which led to the band’s first smash single “Love The Way You Hate Me.” In fact, the single was so successful it reached No. 1 on SiriusXM Octane and made Like A Storm the highest charting New Zealand Rock band in the history of U.S. radio.
Striking at the right time, the new found buzz made Like A Storm’s second album, 2015’s Awaken The Fire, a hit as well thanks to top singles like “Become The Enemy” and “Wish You Hell.” Overall, Like A Storm has garnered well-deserved critical acclaim from top music magazines and all of the band’s albums have charted in the Top 40 on U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts. Like A Storm has even played to massive audiences at packed houses with Ozzy Osbourne, Gojira, and Three Days Grace as well as festival appearances like Rock on the Range.
All about the fans, as Like A Storm entered the studio to record Catacombs, the band really wanted to create music that would connect with people the same way Rock/Metal connected with them whilst growing-up. Finding inspiration at unexpected times, the guys in Like A Storm were inspirited to write Catacombs after visiting the catacombs of a cemetery in Paris. Recorded in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Las Vegas, Catacombs is not only Like A Storm’s heaviest record, it is the band’s darkest. A raw concept, Catacombs features subtle yet emphatically emotive melodies taken over by sinister guitar riffs and screaming vocals. Lyrically, the album delves into the unburying of shackled demons in your soul and the strength to free yourself in the process.
Deafening, Catacombs opens with the creeping of lead single “The Devil Inside,” a looming monster taking its time to reveal itself followed by the shriek of “Out Of Control,” and the tomb of jailed vehemence inside “Catacombs.” Entangled in a plastic world, “Complicated (Stitches & Scars)” is a stark description of human life. In purgatory, the mental imprisonment of “Solitary” is one for which this person takes the blame as “The Bitterness” yearns to survive without holding a grudge. Blunt force, “Until The Day I Die” rages to resist all cynics, before the explosive pulse of “Hole In My Heart” and the blast of “Bullet In The Head.” Crumbling, the skeletal collapse of “These Are The Bridges You Burned Down” rattles in a jolt of adrenaline as the unapologetic “Pure Evil” exhumes the truth in an epic closer.
In the eye of a hurricane, Like A Storm have contrived a downpour of engaging Hard Rock anthems beneath Catacombs, awakening a new realm to the music of this Hard Rock family. Throughout Catacombs’ eleven tracks, Like A Storm rip open hidden emotions on a deeper level from previous releases, sure to earn the band an even larger following and enthrall their current fan base. Well done, CrypticRock gives Catacombs 4 out of 5 stars.