The Great Cold Distance
4/7/2006 - Review by: Troy Cole
KATATONIA - THE GREAT COLD DISTANCE - 2006 - Candlelight
The first single 'My Twin' showcases the complexity and talent that KATATONIA are known for and a perfect representation of the album. Each song is like experiencing a part of a new roller coaster. Take 'Leaders' the opening track for example, this is the first drop off thats gets the coaster moving and your heart racing. Not only is 'Leaders' fast paced but it engauges the listener right from the start, a perfect choice for a lead cut. Songs such as 'Deliberation' and 'Soil's Song' have peak moments but are really building up to that next adrenaline inducing drop such as 'My Twin' and 'Consternation'. Now repeat that formula but with a twist, you make the last half of the ride more unpredictable and exciting than the first half, thats what keeps you coming back for more. Now the more aggressive side starts to show through increasingly more in each song keeping the listener (or rider in this analogy) guessing as to whats coming next. Which you experience while listening to the aggressive and non agressive elements in all the songs leading up to 'Itch'. 'Itch' is that last drop that just exhuasts your dersire for excitement until the ride is over.
The album as a whole is a perfect blending of dark melodies, soulful grooves and aggressiveness. while some of these songs may not be enjoyed individually as much, it's the overall effect that is memorable as much as it is impressive. Each songs sets its own mood and increases the mood in the next. The slow melancholy broken up with random bits of aggression or even the solid aggresion keeps you listening from beginning to end. So if you delight in the dark and dismal you may find yourself staying to ride over and over again.
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