KATATONIA — Viva Emptiness

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Album · 2003


1. Ghost of the Sun (4:11)
2. Sleeper (4:12)
3. Criminals (3:51)
4. A Premonition (3:37)
5. Will I Arrive (4:13)
6. Burn the Remembrance (5:26)
7. Wealth (4:27)
8. One Year From Now (4:06)
9. Walking by a Wire (3:37)
10. Complicity (4:05)
11. Evidence (4:40)
12. Omerta (2:58)
13. Inside the City of Glass (4:07)

Total Time: 53:34


Jonas Renkse - Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Anders Nyström - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Backing Vocals
Fredrik Norrman - Guitars
Mattias Norrman - Bass. Slide Guitar (on track 8)
Daniel Liljekvist - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals (on track 1)

About this release

Recorded at Studios 301,Stockholm,October/November 2002.
Engineered by Katatonia,Assisted by Ian Agate.
Produced by Nystrom/Renkse.
Additional recording at studio Kuling B,Orebro.
Additional editing by Dan Swano at The room,Orebro.
Mixed by Jens Bogren with Nystrom/Renkse at studio Kuling A,Orebro,December 2002.
Mastered by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid,Stockholm.
All songs written by Nystrom/Renkse except 'A premonition' by F.Norrman/Nystrom/Renkse.
All lyrics by Renkse.
Art direction & design by Travis Smith & Nystrom/Renkse.
Two other songs were recorded during these sessions. One of them, "Wait
Outside", is available on the second disc of "The Black Sessions" compilation.
The second song, "Consternation", was re-recorded for 2006's 'The Great Cold

Thanks to Prog Geo, adg211288 for the updates


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Katatonia worked heavily on a new sound for this album. Songwriting and style doesn't differ all that much from the doomy indie rock of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" but they made it sound much heavier, with a wall of sound consisting of more upfront low-tuned rhythm guitars. It makes the album sound a lot more metal then "Last Fair Deal". Add the very consistent songwriting and you have an album that should please the doomy and goth metal crowds.

Katatonia tends to follow a quite rigid songwriting template, and almost every song here has the same quiet-loud dynamics with anthemic choruses. Together with the very thick and dense sound it makes the album drag a bit halfway in, certainly on the less memorable tracks such as "Walking By A Wire" or "Complicity". But even at those weaker moments, you can count on the band to come up with some interesting effects, sounds and arrangements. This album probably has the most creative and original guitar work of all Katatonia albums. Hats of to Blakkheim! Also, apart from those two tracks, all songwriting is quite perfect and brought with an energetic performance.

It goes without saying that you need to like dark and downcast music in order to like Katatonia, but if you do, then this should be a real winner. Recommended for all fans of heavy indie rock, depressed metal, gothic rock, doomy Prog, and all enthusiasts of gloomy songs that excel in originality and catchiness.

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