PRESENT YOURSELVES TO OUR READERS...
Hello! We are five guys from Salt Lake City, Utah (USA) home of the 2002 winter Olympics, the Golden Spike railroad, Arches National park, The Mormon Tabernacle quire, The Sundance Film Festival, Donny Osmond, ..and our band, Katagory V!
WHO ARE THE KATAGORY V BAND MEMBERS?
Lynn Allers - Vocals, Curtis Morrell - Guitars, Marc Hansen - Guitars, Dustin Mitchell (that would be me)- Bass, Matt Suiter- Drums
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
Katagory V was founded long, long ago, back in the spring of 1999
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
Sure. Katagory V started out with me, Curtis and Matt. We all met at a local club and found we had some of the same musical interests. We were all in other bands at that time, but the three of us decided to get together and jam for fun. The next thing we knew, we were all leaving/quitting our respective bands and writing songs together. Eventually we got Lynn to sing for us, and decided it was time to give the band a name. That is where the journey began...
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
"Present Day" was our first album which came out in 2001, and was released independently; and to many underground metal fans, is a classic. Although a little raw in production, It is more straight-ahead U.S. metal in sound, and has some really great songs on it. We released our 2nd album "A New Breed of Rebellion" in 2004 through Metal Ages Records. This album was a bit different from our first, and it was much more technical, progressive and dark. Many fans are split down the middle, as some find it to still be our best album to this day, while others did not like the direction or sound of the album. There are several amazing pieces of music through the album, but it takes several spins of the CD to fully appreciate what is going on.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
It has shifted quite a bit since our beginnings. When we first came out, Germany seemed to be the hot bed for what we do, and the metal fans over there were huge supporters of Katagory V! Most of the European market seemed to appreciate us as well, but America, our home country, was not as welcome to our music. Back then, we were quite unfashionable and many of the American metal fans wouldn't acknowledge our existence. Over the course of time, between the first and 2nd album, we began to grow as musicians, and the music began to grow along with us. By the time the second album was released, it seemed our fan base had shifted the other direction, many of our loyal fans in Europe really felt alienated by the slight metamorphosis we had gone through, but the American market was much more receptive to it. And now, we have released the 3rd album; it seems we might have the formula just right, as we are slowly getting more recognition and respect now. The largest following right now seems to be Greece and the U.K., which is a bit surprising, but very cool still.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
That’s a difficult one to answer... actually; some of the more interesting facts about Katagory V is that our first album "Present Day" comprises of songs from our previous bands before forming Katagory V, only 3 songs on that album were written as a band, all the rest were written 5 to 10 years earlier! We've had a revolving door of guitarists since we've formed. Trevor Asire, who is pictured in the "A New Breed fo Rebellion" album, actually never played on it; he was brought into the band shorlty after recording the album and before that album was released. Marc Hansen, who appears on our latest effort, "The Rising Anger" is our most recent guitarist and has been with us the longest.
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR ALBUM TITLED "THE RISING ANGER"?
"The Rising Anger" is our 3rd album, and in our opinion a better representation of Katagory V than our previous albums. It has a variety of metal styles running through out the album, which is what we've always wanted to do. With this album, we wanted to make sure every song had its own identity and story. It will appeal more to fans that listen to many styles of metal more than anything.
THE SOUND IS A MIX BETWEEN THRASH METAL AND HEAVY METAL...
Yes indeed, as well as several melodic/AOR sounds too. Again, this was something we wanted to always be able to do, and will more than likely continue doing this, as it makes the music much more interesting and palatable. We have so many influences; they range from early pomp-rock/AOR bands of the early 80's, progressive rock of the 70's and thrash metal and heavy metal from the late 80's and early 90's. With all of those influences, it is sure to come out in our music.
WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IN A MORE APPROPRIATE WAY YOUR SOUND?
We like to think of ourselves as just a metal band, because of all the labels out there, it is too difficult to narrow it down. We know a lot of other metal bands say the same thing, which can seem a bit overused, but we seriously think being just a heavy metal band fits much smoother and easier. Most of our fans consider us Power metal, some feel we are progressive metal and even a few that label us as thrash, or a combination of all three. We defiantly are not trying to reinvent the wheel or break new ground with our music; we focus more on trying to write high quality songs that are catchy and aggressive for all metal fans. Sometimes the songs might be thrashy, sometimes it might be mid-tempo with a lot of melody, who knows... we try to keep it intereting for anyone who listens to our albums.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
"The Rising Anger" is much heavier and more sonic than our last two albums. We had more money, technology and even a producer to record the album this time, and that really helped bring out many element that were missing on the last two albums.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
It's interesting, many people, including out fans, think it is a concept album, but that is not entirely true, there are many similar themes in the album that might make one think that is the case, but in actuality it isn't a concept album at all.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
It really depends on the song. The title "The Rising Anger" may be a bit misleading, because the album as a whole is not really that angry. But, at the time of recording the album, we were going through many trials and hard times with our band, and everything in our lives was very frustrating. And those emotions seem to come out in the music. Because of this, some songs will be more uplifting, some darker and some that are of course, angry. Truthfully, we wanted to make sure that it was like riding a roller-coaster when listening to it, because that was what it was like for us when we were writing it.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
Definitely the production and the songwriting. Both are a big leap forward for us, and we plan to keep things consistent at this point. We are very happy with how it came out.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
We've had a lot of positive feedback, especially from U.K., Greece and the American market. There have been a small few who don't care for the album much, but we've noticed that those who only listen to it once, will obviously not like it... it takes more to appreciate the music on "The Rising Anger" than a simple one-spin satisfaction.
We've noticed that we've been getting more airplay with this album, and it has become more accessible and available in stores, thanks to the help and working relationship with Nightmare Records.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
We want to give more variety and versatility to metal fans, in both the music and lyrics. We feel we have a lot to offer, with lyrics that communicate to metal fans on a personal level, as well as having songs that focus on quality and diversity.
Aside from performing a one-off show with Leatherwolf later this year, we have no touring plans for 2006. However, we will possibly see what happens for 2007.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
It takes time, hard work and a lot of sacrifices to show growth, progress and to achieve your ultimate goals.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
When we look ahead, we hope to continue creating music for a very long time for those that will listen, and to one day get over to Europe soon, to finally play live for our fans over there.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
Thank you Emanual for this opportunity for us to talk about Katagory 5! Be sure to check out our latest album, "The Rising Anger", available on Nightmare Records, Also, visit www.Katgory5.com for the latest info and updates with the band!