The Sonic Assaults of Catalepsy

Absolutely fearless when it comes to pushing the boundaries of extreme music, Catalepsy present sonic progressions that are a grand slam assault to the sense.  Their latest magnum opus is entitled Bleed, now available for Eulogy Recordings.  We recently sent inquiries to one of the Catalepsy membership to find out more about the band and their staggering musical presentation.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Catalepsy, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Rick Norman. I scream really loud for a band called Catalepsy, and the band has been together for almost 8 years, I believe.

Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there? Who are some local bands you could recommend?
We’re basically all located in or around Orlando, FL… which is dreadful, as the scene here has basically disintegrated into nothing. We had something decent for awhile, but bullying and things like that kept a lot of new kids from coming in, which is bad for any music community. As for bands from around here I’d recommend, our labelmates in Nightlights are an incredible pop punk band. Also a band called Boys No Good, made up of ex-members of Evergreen Terrace. Check em out.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Bleed?
My perspective on ‘Bleed‘ is basically based on revenge. Every track has something to do with dealing with a particular harsh situation, ranging from bullying to the loss of a loved one. Everywhere we look, there is something negative going on in the world, and it truly eats us alive. At this point, instead of trying to save the world, like everyone else… we’d rather just watch it bleed.

How does Bleed compare to the previous Catalepsy CD?
I’d say ‘Bleed‘ is a gigantic progression from ‘Iniquity‘, not only in composition, but in it’s delivery. We wanted ‘Bleed‘ to sound a thousand times more angry, and I think we succeeded. Every member of the band matured for three years since the release of ‘Iniquity‘, from what we listened to currently, and the way we approach writing our music entirely. Instead of slapping a bunch of death metal riffs together, ‘Bleed‘ was thought out piece by piece.

Select two songs from Bleed and what inspired the lyrics?
If you mean my favorite songs from the album, i’ll go with ‘Monolith‘ and ‘Goliath‘. Both were inspired by films. While writing the lyrics to ‘Monolith’, I knew I wanted to write it about 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’m completely obsessed with the film, and I thought the song had the perfect sound to go along with it, with all of the atmospheric noises and such. Rob wrote the lyrics for ‘Goliath‘ after watching the movie ‘Rampage‘, which is about a guy that pretty much loses his mind and unloads a lot of bullets into pedestrians on a sunny California afternoon. Can’t beat that.

How did Mat Bruso of Bury Your Dead become involved with the Goliath song and have you ever performed it live with him?
We knew we wanted Mat on the album, it was only a matter of which song. We ended up deciding on that one, sent it over to him, and the rest is history. Mat is probably the nicest guy in the world, it’d be a real honor for him to perform the song with us. I think it’ll happen someday.

How is your current tour going and what have been some of the highlights?
We just got home not too long ago, but we’re already going back out starting July 8th. Every west coast state you can imagine, we’ll be there. As far as highlights from our last tour go, touring with Deception of a Ghost and This Time it’s War was an extremely memorable experience for us. Not only are the bands great musically, but they’re great people. The highlight for me would be being able to call each one of them friends. The best part of touring, in my opinion, is meeting up with new bands and traveling the US, experiencing new things together, watching how people perceive it. It’s a truly awesome thing.

What happened with Stillborn Records and how did you wind up on Eulogy Recordings?
I’m not exactly sure what happened with Stillborn. I think it was a combination of them not digging the idea of us writing something other than brutal death metal, and the label just kind of withering. However, Jamey Jasta did a lot for us and that will never be forgotten. During the recording process of ‘Bleed‘, we shipped what we had of our album to various labels. We had a few offers that got us excited, but Eulogy was by far the best option. John gives us complete creative freedom, and he loves what we do. We couldn’t be dealing with a more cooperative dude, he’s great.

What could one expect from a live Catalepsy show?
Relentless energy. I understand that a lot of bands say that, but we never walk off stage without being completely drenched in sweat, dry heaving and almost passing out. Whether there are 2 people or 2000, we’re putting every bit of emotion into every bit of it.

Any strange or unusual happenings while out on the road?
Always, too many to name. We hung out with a bum named B-more in Baltimore, MD.  Not sure where he got the name, but he ended our meeting by calling us gay
and then walking into oncoming traffic. Baltimore, man. It never fails.

What was it like touring with bands such as Hatebreed and Agnostic Front, and were they cool to hang out with?
I can’t speak for the other guys, I wasn’t there. From what I’ve heard, the bands were all really genuine people, they all got along really well. Both bands are heavy influences on us.

What are the future plans for Catalepsy?
We’ll be heading out to the west coast with Fallujah starting July 8th. We’re currently writing and recording pre-production for our next album, which I’m extremely proud of. We really wanna think this one through, even more-so than ‘Bleed‘. I can assure you that it will be an interesting listen, and a breath of fresh air. We will always be pushing the envelope, thinking of new things to mix in with our sound. It’ll still be brutal though, I promise.

Any messages for Catalepsy fans in the Los Angeles area?
Yes, we fucking love California, and we will be in Bakersfield on July 18th. I know it’s a little bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it… whether you’re just finding out about our band, or you’re a diehard fan, our live show will always be something to see.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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