Hello everyone, I know the last time I posted anything about Katagory V, it was rather grim and depressing. But as they say, it is always darkest before the light. As a quick recap, I mentioned back in January that the band had fallen apart just short of the holliday season of 2008, and like a domino effect, long-time members of the band decided to call it a day one after another. With that being said, it left me as the only remaining original member, and I had to decide if I was going to attempt to resurrect the band with an all new line-up or put Katagory V to rest for good. After several months of deliberating, searching for other musicians, writing and rewriting songs for the next album, I decided I would give it the ol collage try.
Before I announce the new line-up, I want to add that I have learned many things over the last year and half of the bands 10 year career, and I can honestly say that nothing is certain, nor is anything forever, it is best to take it day by day. I used to look far ahead into the future with the idea that it (the band and the its former members) would last a lifetime, and that as friends, wed all stick it out through thick and thin, regardless if the band was successful or not. However, I was a stupid old fool to believe such nonsense, and that was what was the hardest to come to terms with. Now that I have planted my feet back on planet earth, I am ready to move on. Drum roll please
The new and improved Katagory V will have a few familiar faces, Including myself on bass, Albert Rybka on vocals and Matthew Bizzaro Lefevre on drums, whom was announced back in January. So, to round things out now, the talents of Darrin Goodman and Kris Krompel will lead the way as the bands two the new guitarists. Both Darrin and Kris are professional guitar teachers with extreme chops and insane discipline, and both are very motivated to make things happen in this band. Their abilities as guitar players far exceed those that have been in this band up until now. I am very proud to have them in Katagory V, and I feel that this is the boost in the arm that the band has needed for years. Ironiclly, both of these gentlemen auditioned for the guitar slot back when Marc Hanson quit in 2007, but the other members of the band at that time, were not interested in reqruiting either one for the vacant slot, due to both of them living too far away to make it to the studio on an annual basis for rehearsals. Well, now that the band is under new management, things are going to be very different concerning the bands political affairs, and I felt it was time for a change and brought them both in!
During the last few months, I have been very busy composing and orchestrating material for the next Katagory V album with Bizzaro and Albert, and I am proud to say that we are now complete with the writing process! If all goes well, we will start working on pre-production demos in June and July and hopefully start tracking album #5 by the end of this year. In my opinion, I feel that these songs embody the vision I have had for this band since the beginning. Rest assured, fans of the band will get that perfect mixture of what Katagory V is know for; syncopated movements, progressive elements, melodic hooks and thrashing riffs! Once we have completed the pre-production process, I will then post some clips of the new songs for everyone to hear!