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 emphasized atmosphere and melancholy in their music. Vocalist Jonas Renkse does not exhibit a wide vocal range, yet his soothing vocals are perfect for Katatonia’s music. Renske’s lyrics are also of high quality, although the choice of words concerning darkness becomes somewhat repetitive. Katatonia has never written music for the happy, but instead offers introspective music for the disillusioned. Night is the New Day exhibits plenty of diversity within the Katatonia style. For this album, Frank Default played keyboards, which play a prominent part in this era of Katatonia. The song Idle Blood features acoustic guitar, Nephilim has a doomier feel, Inheritance is augmented by violins, and the ghostly atmospheric Departer features Krister Linder on guest vocals. Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt stated that this album was among the best heavy albums he has heard over the past decade, and I would have to concur.

Genre: Depressive Doom Rock
Country: Sweden
Label: Peaceville Records
Release: November 2nd, 2009

The Longest Year
Idle Blood
Onward Into Battle
The Promise of Deceit
New Night
Day and Then the Shade

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