Company: Peaceville Records Release: 2009 Genre: Doom Reviewer: Chaoslord
Hands down their best work to date
Ahhh....Katatonia, how you make me wish that life wasn't so despair filled and mundane. Since the band changed their sound to more clean vocals circa 1998, this band has been churning out good quality doom albums. This album is nothing short of amazing.
The clean vocals that lead singer Jonas Renske delivers pulls you in and makes you feel his pain and emotion with each word that is uttered. The guitars are a great marriage of melancholic and heavy as necessary. This band has continued to evolve and aim for new heights with each successive album. Fans of My Dying Bride and Opeth's Damnation will fall in love with this album.
Now, I know it seems like some of the descriptions I'm using might not seem very metal, but this is not your typical metal album we're dealing with here. No screaming/growling/shrieking etc. or face melting guitar riffs and brain beating blast beats will be found on this record. This record is thought provoking and addictive at times. I will find myself listening to this late at night when I am sitting alone with my thoughts.
I don't typically go for the mellower side of metal but with an album like this, it's hard not to like. If you haven't heard any Katatonia before, want a good quality release or just want some mood music, this is the album for you. What my one problem with the album is lies in the fact that it sounds somewhat pop oriented. That isn't necessarily a bad thing mind you, just not what you would expect from a band that once had death metal vocals featured on their albums.
I love this album and think it is hands down their best work to date. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself and see if you don't just stop and listen to the album and lose yourself in your thoughts.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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