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A challenging yet ultimately rewarding listen.

Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense colour. It was mined in Afghanistan as early as the 7th Millennium B.C. and was used as the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun. So begins the concept of this album from Brazilian Progressive Metal outfit Kattah (their second release following 2011's 'Eyes Of Sand') that takes in the secrets of the pharaohs based in current scientific studies, souls, life after death, spirits and culture.

The higher-pitched vocals of Roni Sauaf arouses images of a combination of Queensryche's Geoff Tate and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson in full-on "air raid siren" mode, while both the aforementioned vocalists' own bands form the basis of the Kattah sound that also encompasses the technical prowess of Dream Theater, Symphony X and the like with the heavier direction of Metallica.

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The Kattah sound is also infused with Brazilian style rhythms and the Eastern influences that emanate from the album's lyrical content, which generates an impressively original and compelling dynamic. The structure of Kattah's music runs the complete gauntlet, from achingly beautiful, gloriously melodic, blisteringly Metallic, crushingly heavy, bewilderingly complex to just downright weird – sometimes all within just one track.

Expertly produced by Roy Z and beautifully packaged, it would be pointless to select individual tracks as highlights as this album is best served as an entire entity to be digested in one sitting. 'Lapis Lazuli' is a challenging yet ultimately rewarding listen.

Ant Heeks

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