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Katatonia
Sanctitude




Company: Kscope
Release: 2015
Genre: Heavy, prog
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Lack of aggressive instrumentation



  • In support of "Dethroned and Uncrowned", a reworking of the tracks from 2012's "Dead End Kings", post rockers Katatonia have released a live album called "Sanctitude".

    Taken from the show at London's Union Chapel during their "Unplugged & Reworked" tour in 2014. This live album features a hefty dose of the tracks off of "Dethroned" as well as reworked tracks from the bands prior albums. Featuring guest musician Bruce Soord (vocalist and guitarist for Pineapple Thief) and guest vocalist Silje Wergeland (vocalist for The Gathering), the album provides classic material as well as more modern material in a very raw, stripped down form. While the band performs admirably, there are a few things that don't sit well with me about this. First off, the interaction between Jonas and the fans basically consists of Jonas saying "Thank you so much" and maybe a few other choice words. The performance seems robotic--where is the emotion, where is the interaction with your fans? Secondly, the stripped down material gets old really quick. I like the sleeker sound that Katatonia have been headed towards lately, bordering on the prog side and taking a page from Opeth, but in a live setting, it's almost like a lullaby. The lack of aggressive instrumentation, or as aggressive as Katatonia is nowadays really made the album feel very stiff and hard to really enjoy.

    This one is definitely for the Katatonia fanatics or those friends and family who want metal without all the heaviness and anger.


    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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