Category: Katatonia

Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts

There are times when one of your favorite bands simply put out a release that you cannot get into, no matter how many times you listen to it. In my case, that is the situation with Katatonia’s The Fall of Hearts. Katatonia has long been one of my most influential artists as each of their releases has helped define an era of my life. However, their ninth full-length, The Fall of Hearts, does not resonate with me on a personal level at all. Objectively, it is a well-composed and intricate album that demonstrates growth in the band instrumentally, yet it misses that little something that evokes feeling within me. Or, is this sentiment simply a reflection of my current state of mind that, perhaps, is not at present compatible with this album? Maybe it will one day click, as many albums in the past have. (more…)

Katatonia – Dead End Kings

After the masterpiece that was Night is the New Day, I knew it would be difficult for Katatonia to top that album. With Dead End Kings, they attempt to do just that. After hearing the first single Dead Letters, I lowered my expectations considerably. (more…)

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Katatonia – Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Here is yet another classic Katatonia album. For many Katatonia fans, Last Fair Deal Gone Down is Katatonia’s finest achievement. There is plenty of merit to this argument, but where it ranks within their discography is irrelevant—all that matters is that it is quality Katatonia. For this album, Jonas Renkse, Anders Nystrom and crew sought out to create a metal version of The Cure’s masterpiece Disintegration album. Despite the vast difference in music styles of the two bands, there is a hint of The Cure buried within Last Fair Deal Gone Down. The album opens with the excellent Dispossession. Each Katatonia album has its own sound and the sound of this album is exemplified on this (more…)

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Katatonia – Discouraged Ones

Katatonia’s Discouraged Ones album marked a drastic change in sound. It was the first album to feature exclusively Jonas Renkse’s clean vocals. He had done growled vocals on their debut and later was aided by Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt for growled vocals on Brave Murder Day. Discouraged Ones has become a classic Katatonia album and one that established their sound. I began listening to Katatonia with their The Great Cold Distance album and had difficulty getting each of their prior albums. Discouraged Ones was perhaps the most difficult for me, but it is now among my favorite Katatonia albums. The songs that make up this album are generally simple in structure. Much of the guitar (more…)

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Katatonia – Tonight’s Decision

Katatonia is among my favorite bands and I first discovered them with their 2006 album, The Great Cold Distance. The rest of their discography initially came off as incredibly boring and could not garner my attention. However, as with many an album, Katatonia’s older albums have grown on me. Tonight’s Decision was once an album I couldn’t get half way through. Tonight’s Decision is Katatonia fourth album and has a unique sound that differentiates it from the rest of Katatonia’s work. The word that best describes the mood of this album is dismal. The lyrics are generally quite depressing and pessimistic. The vocals generally have little emotion and it sounds like vocalist Jonas Renkse is (more…)

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Katatonia – Night is the New Day

Night is the New Day is eighth album for the Swedish band Katatonia. From the very first listen, this album became one of my all-time favorite albums—one of those if you had to choose five albums to take with you stranded on an island type of album. Night is the New Day continues and expands on the style presented on the band’s previous effort, The Great Cold Distance. Guitarist Anders Nystrom was going through some writer’s block during the writing process of this album and Jonas Renske wrote most of the album. The album opener, Forsaken, begins with one of the heavier moments on the album. Katatonia has never really been a heavy band, but instead they have increasingly (more…)

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