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Katatonia
Night Is The New Day

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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: KATATONIA
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Night Is The New DayKatatonia
    2009
    Greg Watson4/16/2010
    Night Is The New DayKatatonia
    2009
    Raising Iron12/16/2009
    SanctitudeKatatonia
    2015
    Greg Watson6/9/2015
    The Great Cold DistanceKatatonia
    2006
    Troy Cole4/7/2006


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: KATATONIA

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    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: KATATONIA
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Anders NyströmKatatoniaEtiam2/23/2012
    Jonas RenkseKatatoniaEtiam10/4/2012


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