Most musicians dream of writing THE album. The album that defines you. The album into which you’ve poured every ounce of your heart and soul. The album that IS you. THE album.
Most musicians probably can’t fathom taking thirteen years to write that anthemic album.
If you could write the soundtrack of your life, how long would it be? What type of music would you choose? Would you be willing to take more than a third of your life to write it?
Enter Cat Corelli.
When Cat and I met years ago, she was living in Moscow and I was mostly familiar with her EDM efforts. Kind of ironic, as we both billed ourselves as metal artists at the time.
Through many conversations, we became very close friends. When she moved to the States, I was one of the few (less than a dozen) invited to her wedding. It was after the ceremony when she, her new husband and I were sitting in their living room that I first heard Cat’s rendition of metal.
And I was blown away.
We had spoken many times about our inspiration and our backstories and histories. She had spoken many times of her anthemic epic, Overcome.
On October 13, 2019, Overcome becomes a reality for the rest of us.
While primarily heavy metal, Cat’s music is solidly experimental. The textures in her music are palpable and the soundscapes are visual. There is nothing single-dimensional about these compositions.
Overcome is divided into 3 nearly perfect segments: Beginning, middle and end.
Imagine being born behind the Iron Curtain to an abusive father. Complicate the situation by knowing that something about you is very different than everyone else. And there is no word for your condition.
The opening of the album is dark, chaotic and raw. Yet, despite it’s rawness, the underlying compositions are polished and smooth, as if perfection itself is the cause of the chaos.
An abused child, suffering an unknown condition, who doesn’t belong in the world into which she was born plays against the perfect propaganda surrounding every aspect of her life.
Like any good story arc, there must be a middle. Choas begins to find cohesion, but the cohesion does little to relieve the underlying tension. If the story starts in perfected chaos, the middle lies in a cave. Shivering in the cold, dank endless midnight of rock, the story’s protagonist claws forward.
As she struggles through the muck and slime, the music becomes atmospheric and moody, but the vocals stay emotional and raw.
In the last section of the album, the heroine finally breaks free from the cave, stronger and quietly resigned to never be defeated again.
Within this quiet strength, lies a subtle aggressiveness. On the surface, the strong, silent protagonist guards her new identity, her newfound freedom and her recaptured soul with the fierceness of a guard dog.
Clocking in at well over 3-1/2 hours, Overcome is the story of a young woman fighting through the most unimaginable combination of circumstances. Recurring themes of abuse and fighting to reclaim one’s soul permeate the album. Most albums are journeys, but Overcome is a battle.