KAT - THE LAST CONVOY - WITHOUT LOOKING BACK
REVIEW TO KAT - THE LAST CONVOY - WITHOUT LOOKING BACK
Title: The Last Convoy
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Pure Steel Records
Release date: 25th September 2020
1. Satan's Nights
2. Last Convoy
3. Mind Cannibals
4. Highway Star
5. Dark Hole – The Habitat Of Gods
6. Flying Fire 2020
8. You Shook Me All Night Long
9. Hidden Track
Qbek Weigel – Vocals
Piotr Luczyk – Guitars
Adam „Harris” Jasiński – Bass
Mariusz Prętkiewicz – Drums
Tim RIPPER Owens (song 6)
Henry Beck (song 3)
Maciej Lipina (song 5)
Paweł Steczek (song 5) – piano
It's scheduled for September 25, 2020 the release of "The Last Convoy'" new and eleventh album of the historic Polish band Kat, album that marks the 40° year of activity of the band, distributed on CD through Pure Steel Records.
I don't know the whole Polish metal scene but I know for sure that the birth of KAT is a fixed point for the metal scene in their country. Piotr Luczyk founded KAT band with Ireneusz Loth and the story evolved to 2020.
"The Last Convoy" is a special album, not only is it a collection of five revised songs of the band, plus three tributes to band as Deep Purple, Scorpions and AC/DC. If you are thinking 'that's all?' I suggest you buy the album and listen to it with attention and you will find the various many facets that this band is able to show.
The beginning of this time travel is "Satan's Nights" (previously recorded in “666” album in 1986), evil and scratchy, maybe the version of KAT that I love the most, aggressive and powerful. It is with songs like this that the soul of the band literally seems to materialise. Qbek Weigel's voice is excellent as well as the whole band.
“The Last Convoy”, already published as bonus track in “Somewhere In Poland 2003”with the title “Ostatni Tabor” in 2003, is another impetuous track and manages to perfectly convey the idea of the classic heavy style of the band, good line in general and a special mention goes to Piotr Luczyk for his guitar playing, the class feels right away, the virtuosity also.
The first of the three covers is "Highway Star" by Deep Purple, again highlights Mr. Luczyk's guitar with a perfect solo for a song faithful to the original.
“Mind Cannibals” sees the first guest, Henry Beck, original singer that we find on the album "Mind Cannibals A.D. 2016" of 2015. Rough and no-frills, purely heavy metal KAT style to which we are accustomed.Excellent rhythmic line thanks to Adam on bass and Mariusz Prętkiewicz on drums.
It is the time for the beautiful "Dark Hole - The Habitat of Gods" ("Mind Cannibals A.D. 2016”), very intense and which sees guests Maciej Lipina and Paweł Steczek, the latter on the piano. A ballad that shows the sweetest version of the band and that comes very close to a graceful sound.
“Flying Fire 2020” that we find in last year's album "Without Looking Back" as“Flying Fire” here is in a new guise that sees Tim Ripper Owens on vocals. New verve then for a recent track that even in the original version has its own charm.
The next track is the second cover, this time the tribute is to the Scorpions with “Blackout”, honestly I never particularly liked Scorpions but this version manages to convince me, sometimes the covers are better than the originals.
Last track, or almost, depending on how you listen to it. KAT close with a lash of hard rock this album and they do it with the third cover, this time by AC/DC with "You Shook Me All Night Long". Qbek's voice, as we've noticed so far, is versatile and well suited to this piece, which to be honest I like very much, faithful to the original. Nice the idea of the stop between the track and the restart of the same, thus becoming the ninth track "Hidden Track".
Summing up, "'The Last Convoy'" is a collection of classics, a look at the past with a new look, I don't think it's a self-celebration for the fortieth anniversary, but rather a demonstration that KAT band can play from thrash, to ballads, from hard rock to pure heavy metal that remains the soul of the band.
KAT still have something to say musically? The answer is yes. Forty years of career demonstrate the activity of a group that still manages to excite itself because the passion is perceived in the air that flows from their music and his album says a lot about the enthusiasm for music.
KAT - WITHOUT LOOKING BACK
Title: Without Looking Back
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Pure Steel Records
Release date: June 14th 2019
1. Black Night In My Chair
3. Medieval 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.
“Medieval 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!