“ Heart of Stone” is a debut single by Katakan, a Belgian stoner rock quintet. The band showcase all their experience, knowledge, skills, creativity, talent, ideas, and musicianship with the initial notes and beats. Inspired by the Witcher universe, “Heart of Stone” immediately draws you into that realm, while the heavy riffs strike hard from all possible directions. Soundwise, perhaps Katakan explore the fundamentals of stoner rock, but you’ll notice many complementary music genres along the way. Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon some of the finest properties borrowed from sludge, doom, alternative, and hard rock. These additional elements serve as more than necessary enhancements, accentuations, decorations, and other details that uplift “Heart of Stone” on an entirely new level, while Katakan remain loyal to the primary sonic direction. Therefore, these experimentations with many different but compatible subgenres resulted in a profoundly catchy stoner rock composition that will immediately grab your attention.
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With “Heart of Stone,” these highly skilled Belgian musicians deliver a colossal wall of sound built upon wisely constructed, enormously heavy, deliciously fuzzy riffs. The generous servings of fuzz distortion gloriously decorate everything both guitar players tried to achieve with their instrumentations. Still, their guitars are not overwhelmed with too much fuzz. Quite the contrary, they decorate these heavy riffs with so much precision and finesse, so you’ll hear every note delivered. The thick layer of equally complex, vividly hearable, warm-sounding basslines lurks right beneath these guitar maneuvers, offering more than necessary heaviness, depth, and clarity to the overall ambiance. Of course, this song wouldn’t sound so good without superb drumming performance based upon skillfully assembled, well-accentuated beats, breaks, fills, and other percussive acrobatics. These rhythmic sequences provide groove and pace but also keep the entire band in line. However, the outstanding vocalist steals the show here. Her sincere, confident, powerful vocal harmonies perfectly balance between low, mid, and high notes, emphasizing everything the band tried to achieve with their orchestrations.
Katakan planned even the tiniest details while assembling their debut single. They wisely assembled the entire song structure, so every segment comes with superb vocal articulation, excellent riffs, intricate basslines, and groovy drumming. Debut singles like these are considered a rarity nowadays. The entire band invested all their ideas into it, and the effort paid off in a catchy, jaw-dropping track that will satisfy even the pickiest stoner rock fans. You should put Katakan on your radar as soon as possible because this excellent band demands your utmost attention. The single is available on all