Artist of the day: Catalysis
With Shawn Brandon and Jared Sasso on guitars, Chad Gregory on bass, Ron Parmer on drums Mike Vredeveld on vocals, Catalysis is a mighty new metal band on the scene that has something to say. The band formed in 2008 in Tampa, and it brandishes fierce percussion, propulsive guitars and a dynamic vocal that goes from melodic to guttural in a single gulp.
Catalysis has had a good run of things of late. They're sponsored by Jagermeister, and next week, they'll perform at the Mayhem Festival in West Palm Beach. Locally, you can see them at 8 p.m. Friday at Bourbon Street in New Port Richey alongside The Absence. Tickets are $10.
After the jump, check out Julie Garisto's full profile of Catalysis...
Potent notable: With Shawn Brandon and Jared Sasso on guitars, Chad Gregory on bass, Ron Parmer on drums Mike Vredeveld on vocals, Catalysis is a mighty new metal band on the scene that has something to say. The band formed in 2008 in Tampa, and it brandishes fierce percussion, propulsive guitars and a dynamic vocal that goes from melodic to guttural in a single gulp.
Death metal influences? Somewhat. Said Sasso, “The bands in the past that started the death metal scene locally and nationally for that matter had a sense of family and community. We are not a death metal band by any stretch of the imagination but we try to keep the spirit alive of Tampa metal. I wouldn’t say we’ve evolved from our predecessors because we are different styles and what they did went national. We’re just trying to carry the torch with all the other hard-working Tampa bands to put Tampa back on the metal map.”
Revolutionary thoughts: One of their new songs is called Revolution. What’s the relevance of the title, and what kind of revolution would they lead if they had their way? “This song was written as a message,” said Vredeveld. “For many years now the majority of the country has known that there is something wrong with the way things are. This song is basically a call to arms to help set the wrongs right. Avoid buying into propaganda spread by television and radio, and open your eyes and ears to the truth.”
In other tunes, they expose injustices. “Darkest Days is about a very intense, secretive period in American history that a lot of people don’t know too much called the MK Ultra project,” said Sasso. “When we started putting the riffs together for this song, we know we wanted it to be a very heavy, intense song. Mike writes about the government workings that people don’t want to hear about sometimes, and this concept made sense for what we were doing in this song.”
What inspired the name “Catalysis”? Said Sasso: “Catalysis is basically an acceleration of chemicals when a catalyst is introduced, and 'Catalysis’ dealt with chemistry and we’ve felt from the beginning that hard work and chemistry are the two biggest factors to a band’s success, with the music being the catalyst.”
Best and worst experiences playing live: They blew out the circuit breaker at the Brass Mug but had a good laugh getting the power back on to finish — though Sasso’s leg later fell through the stage. At the Cameo Theatre, Sasso tore his ankle to shreds ripping it out to finish the song. The guys had a good time, however, in Orlando, when Vredeveld threw an audience member up onto the stage while he was pitting during a breakdown.
Upcoming plans: They just released our first EP, Denial Through Faith and are playing the Jager Mobile Stage at the Rockstar Mayhem festival on Aug. 11 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Aside from that, they’ll be touring the southeastern states.
If they could catalyze one thing, what would it be? “In short, the world!” said Vredeveld.
Hear them: Friday 8 p.m. with The Absence at Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. myspace.com/catalysismetal.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*