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When I formed EvO:R my goal was to remove myself from the boundaries of metal guitar and surround myself with musicians
that I had little in common with. During the first five years of EvO:R's presence on the web I stayed clear of metal
bands and flashy guitarists. Then along comes Jimmie Dallas Caterine, a blast from the hair metal past with his flowing
locks and flying arpeggios. I was infected by his music the minute his CD went into my player. We are
on opposite ends of the fence politically and miles apart philosophically but I would love to spend some quality time
in the studio with this guy. We could kick some digital ass!
Jimmy Caterine has been an independent musician since he started in 1980 with progressive
metal band from Hawaii, Sacred Rite. Influenced heavily by European guitarists like David
Gilmour, Michael Schenker and Ritchie Blackmore, his playing took on an emotional style.
Caterine was also influenced by classical composers Bach, Mahler and Listz.
Born on July 27,1964 in Dallas, Texas, James Dallas Caterine was drawn to music from his
earliest days of childhood. His father, nightclub owner Tony Caterine, managed many
regional acts and young Jimmy was constantly surrounded by performers like Paul Revere,
the Coasters, Alvin Lee and many others who were often guests in the Caterine home.
While this was exciting, Jimmy's personal highlights were his summer vacations in
Washington. where he spent hours listening to his uncle play the piano. The man's
amazing ability to poor his deepest emotions into the instrument inspired the young
In 1971 and '72 Jimmy fell ill several times with pneumonia and major ear infections
which caused permanent damage to his left ear. Then during the fall of 1972, his family
moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. Jimmy spent the rest of his childhood there with his mother
and two younger sisters. At the age of eleven, Caterine got his first guitar and began
classical training. It wasn't long before he discovered heavy metal and bought himself
a Flying V and a Marshall. From that point on Caterine has been obsessed with sound.
Even the tonal damage he suffered five years earlier couldn't keep him from it.
At the beginning of 1980, Jimmy met drummer Kevin Lum. They shared the same interests
in music. Up until that point, he had never met anyone else who's musical taste was
quite as diverse. It wouldn't be unusual for these two guys to listen to Judas Priest's
'Stained Class, Journey's 'Departure', and something obscure like UK's 'Danger Money'
back to back and all the way through on top of it. What a concept! The two started jamming
together and after a few months started looking to recruit other players. With the
addition of Mark Kaleiwahea and Peter Crane in 1981 their vision had started to take shape.
The group was progressive metal icon Sacred Rite
Over the next eight years, Caterine and Sacred Rite independently released 3 albums and
between 1985 and 1987 sold somewhere between 22,000-30,000 records. Unfortunately,
foul play by various sources left a mess of loose ends and any attempt to get an accurate
number has ended in failure. This was DIY (do it yourself) at it's finest, especially
considering that it was done from an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a low
budget and the internet was still science fiction. The word of mouth reached as far as
France and the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the tour support needed to send the group to
Europe never came through which was a shame. They recorded one more demo for Polygram
Records at the end of '88 but the right deal was never offered. Sacred Rite split by
the end of 1989. After Kaleiwahea's departure, the remaining members, Caterine, Crane,
and current drummer Scott Dickerson picked up a young singer who's controversial antics
sent the band into limbo, forcing them to resort to a 3 piece by '91. By mid summer it
was obvious a much needed break from each other was the only option.
Caterine picked up another guitarist (Mark 'Rat' Folta) and singer (Tim Hewitt) and
with the return of Peter Crane on bass and Scott Dickerson on drums formed Tragic Nancy.
Tragic Nancy could best be described as Ozzy Osbourne's band with Journey-like vocals.
With grunge on the rise it was hard for this groove metal band to get a foothold. After
recording 3 albums worth of material and a side project with Kev-E-D and James Love which
they called Bastard Stepchild, the group split. In 1994 Jimmy Caterine and Peter Crane
backed up vocalist Sami Jo Cole in her triumph over cancer. They also took some time out
to record some of Cranes best work entitled Peter Crane & Jimmy Dee -'Lovers & Friends'.
Las Vegas, Nevada would be the next stop on the agenda. Caterine formed Time Machine, a
classic rock tribute band, in 1997and in 1998/99 did some recording with metal band
Gathering of Deities aka G.O.D. Towards the end of 1999 he started work on his first
solo project, 'Cognition'. After a long chain of unfortunate events and a move to Phoenix,
Cognition was finally released in 2003.
Guitar virtuosos may finally be wising up. Any hack with a six-string can masturbate all over a CD filled
with faster-than-thou fretwork that lacks imagination and demands a strong-willed listener. But it takes real
talent to craft an instrumental guitar album that treats each song with the respect it deserves. Enter
39-year-old James Dallas Caterine – veteran of such rock and metal bands as Sacred Rite, Tragic Nancy
and Time Machine, and a guitarist who’s also adept at playing bass, drums and piano.
Cognition, embrace lush orchestral arrangements, defer to acoustic delicacy and revel in melodic nirvana.
When you don’t even notice that music has no lyrics, you know you’re spinning an exceptional instrumental
album, and Cognition is a perfect example. Divided into three sections – Rebirth, Soul Discovery and Cognition
– the album seems to follow some sort of concept, perhaps a personal theme that chronicles Caterine’s own life.
Reviewer: Michael Popke
© 2003 Caterine Music/Musical Chemist Publishing (BMI)
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cognition: kag-'ni-shen n. [come to know] (15 cen.) - the act or
process of knowing, including both awareness and judgment.
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Cognition's design and concept were formulated at its beginning stages
in 1999. Its journey is one of life and the visions or premonitions
that we touch on for mere moments; the moments that turn into our
future. It's about the bonds that we share on this journey. Some that
are so strong you share the same pain even though you are miles away
and haven't had contact for months or even years.
/ In The Beginning /
Search For Solace /
Groove / Piece Of Mine /
/ Segue To The Heart / Venice /
Peace Of Mind /
Shades Of Life /
© 2005 Caterine Music/Musical Chemist Publishing (BMI)
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This excellent collection of ten rock instrumentals include guitar that must not be missed.
Ranging from soft and introspective to wild and passion-driven, "Fear - Pain - Love" will take the listener
through a myriad of emotions as the music molds the inner mind with it's mini-symphonies of fear, pain and love.
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The perfect follow-up to Cognition.
/ Looking Glass
/ Blind Sight
/ Blue Sky or Carbon Monoxide?
/ Prelude to The End of Time
/ Forgotten Love
/ Tetris/Emotional Rain
/ Not My Horse
/ March of Doom
/ Mother of Sorrow
/ Parlez-vous francais?