KATATONIA

Alternative Metal / Death-Doom Metal / Metal Related / Non-Metal / Gothic Metal / Doom Metal / Black Metal • Sweden
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Katatonia formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden and was brought together by long time friends, Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) and Jonas Renkse (aka Lord Seth). After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo ‘Jhva Elohim Meth’, recorded at Sweden’s Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled ‘Jhva Elohim Meth – the Revival’. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform read more...
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KATATONIA Dance of December Souls album cover 3.97 | 26 ratings
Dance of December Souls
Death-Doom Metal 1993
KATATONIA Brave Murder Day album cover 4.09 | 32 ratings
Brave Murder Day
Death-Doom Metal 1996
KATATONIA Discouraged Ones album cover 3.76 | 22 ratings
Discouraged Ones
Gothic Metal 1998
KATATONIA Tonight's Decision album cover 3.65 | 22 ratings
Tonight's Decision
Metal Related 1999
KATATONIA Last Fair Deal Gone Down album cover 4.35 | 26 ratings
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Metal Related 2001
KATATONIA Viva Emptiness album cover 4.16 | 32 ratings
Viva Emptiness
Alternative Metal 2003
KATATONIA The Great Cold Distance album cover 4.04 | 41 ratings
The Great Cold Distance
Alternative Metal 2006
KATATONIA Night Is the New Day album cover 3.60 | 30 ratings
Night Is the New Day
Alternative Metal 2009
KATATONIA Dead End Kings album cover 3.97 | 22 ratings
Dead End Kings
Alternative Metal 2012
KATATONIA Dethroned & Uncrowned album cover 3.85 | 13 ratings
Dethroned & Uncrowned
Non-Metal 2013
KATATONIA The Fall Of Hearts album cover 4.29 | 16 ratings
The Fall Of Hearts
Alternative Metal 2016

KATATONIA EPs & splits

KATATONIA For Funerals to Come album cover 3.43 | 6 ratings
For Funerals to Come
Death-Doom Metal 1995
KATATONIA Primordial / Katatonia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Primordial / Katatonia
Death-Doom Metal 1996
KATATONIA Katatonia / Hades album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Katatonia / Hades
Death-Doom Metal 1996
KATATONIA Sounds of Decay album cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
Sounds of Decay
Death-Doom Metal 1997
KATATONIA Saw You Drown album cover 3.15 | 6 ratings
Saw You Drown
Metal Related 1998
KATATONIA Teargas EP album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Teargas EP
Doom Metal 2001
KATATONIA Tonight's Music album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Tonight's Music
Metal Related 2001
KATATONIA The Longest Year album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Longest Year
Alternative Metal 2010

KATATONIA live albums

KATATONIA Live Consternation album cover 3.21 | 6 ratings
Live Consternation
Alternative Metal 2007
KATATONIA Last Fair Day Gone Night album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Last Fair Day Gone Night
Alternative Metal 2013
KATATONIA Sanctitude album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Sanctitude
Non-Metal 2015

KATATONIA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KATATONIA Rehearsal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal
Black Metal 1991
KATATONIA Jhva Elohim Meth... the Revival album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Jhva Elohim Meth... the Revival
Death-Doom Metal 1992
KATATONIA Rehearsal 92 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal 92
Death-Doom Metal 1992

KATATONIA re-issues & compilations

KATATONIA Brave Yester Days album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Brave Yester Days
Death-Doom Metal 2004
KATATONIA The Black Sessions album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Black Sessions
Metal Related 2005
KATATONIA Introducing Katatonia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Katatonia
Alternative Metal 2013
KATATONIA Kocytean album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Kocytean
Alternative Metal 2014

KATATONIA singles (7)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ghost of the Sun
Alternative Metal 2003
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3.25 | 2 ratings
My Twin
Alternative Metal 2006
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Deliberation
Alternative Metal 2006
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3.50 | 2 ratings
July
Alternative Metal 2007
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Day and Then the Shade
Alternative Metal 2010
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Buildings
Alternative Metal 2012
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Lethean
Alternative Metal 2012

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KATATONIA The Fall Of Hearts

Album · 2016 · Alternative Metal
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A common thread you wind up finding in every Katatonia album is that every one of them exhibits a different kind of melancholy. Each expression of that one emotion changes with each stylistic shift or altered lyrical approach, but either way, the melancholy still returns in some way. Perhaps it comes in the form of desperate wails and screams over crushing doom-laden riffs (Dance of December Souls). Maybe it can be found in gritty imagery involving the ills of crime and street life (Viva Emptiness). Alternately, the looming darkness of orchestral strings and mellotrons could seal the deal (Dead End Kings). But when it comes to The Fall of Hearts, the dreary atmosphere is expressed somewhat… differently. It might come down to a lack of metal influences this time around, but there’s an unusually surreal and dreamlike touch to the music. The songs are sad, yes, but also given a sort of levity and weightlessness by the shimmering clean guitars and light piano melodies that coil around the increasingly progressive rhythms. Jonas Renkse has channeled his sorrows through more passionate vocal passages (just listen to the chorus of “Last Song Before the Fade”!) while the music surrounding him has become more abstract compared to past efforts.

Really, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s not like this progressive influence is just out of the blue; the last few records, especially Dead End Kings, were already hinting at this bold new direction. But I suppose the fascinating thing about The Fall of Hearts is just how well they pulled off those influences. Instead of the crunchy, churning alternative metal riffs that dominated a good chunk of the band’s career, there’s now more respect and care given to the atmosphere than ever before. If you ever hear a downtuned metal riff (“Takeover,” “Passer,” “Serac,” and “Last Song Before the Fade” still bring the heaviness to a degree), you can be sure that a beautiful slow passage will be just around the corner to counteract the aggression. “Serac,” for instance, brings a fresh melding of progressive metal and soft rock that’s not too dissimilar to Opeth’s best works from the early 2000s (minus the growls, of course). Then you have “Passer,” which kicks off with a shredding guitar solo over a rapid-fire galloping snare rhythm before it almost immediately dies down to give us one of the most emotionally potent verses the band have ever concocted. It’s not that the band have lost their edge, but that they simply reserved it for the best moments this time around. And really, a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that Katatonia didn’t really subscribe to a set songwriting formula this time around. The arrangements are quite labyrinthine and unpredictable compared to what we’re used to from these guys, and the opening 7-minute track “Takeover” is an immediate example of this. This mini-epic takes you in so many directions in such little time, from a beautiful dreamlike intro/refrain to a rousing metal section to a deeply orchestral chorus to a stunning piano break. Add to that a killer guitar solo from newcomer Roger Ojersson on top of that, and you’ve got one of the best openers in recent memory.

In fact, let’s talk about those newcomers for a second. Guitarist Roger Ojersson and drummer Daniel Moilanen were a huge asset to the sound The Fall of Hearts would ultimately adopt and cultivate, as their technical proficiency allowed the band to work outside of their typical framework a bit more. The solos in “Takeover,” “Passer,” and especially the harmonized portion of “Serac” are incredible ways to build on songwriting that already takes pride in taking listeners on a real journey. Meanwhile, Daniel absolutely kills on the drumkit. His grasp of varying time signatures and subtle dynamics is just impeccable, and he can shift styles with ease to fit each mood perfectly. As for the songwriting, however, you may notice in the credits that it’s all Jonas Renkse and Anders Nystrom as usual. Maybe that’s the most fascinating thing about The Fall of Hearts, really. Just the fact that these two had it in them to make this record all along, but they simply needed the right circumstances and band members to make it happen. If you want a good marker of just how much they’ve evolved as songwriters, just take into account the fact that “Pale Flag” and “Shifts” are minimalist folk rock ballads with almost none of the band’s typical sonic trademarks present, and yet they’re not out of place in the slightest. But then again, nothing on The Fall of Hearts is out of place; it’s just the sound of a fully-evolved, fully-realized Katatonia that was always trying to break free from the mire of comfortable familiarity.

KATATONIA Brave Murder Day

Album · 1996 · Death-Doom Metal
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Another decent death-doom release from Katatonia, Brave Murder Day is notably mostly for the extended suite formed by the title triptych of Brave, Murder, and Day; beyond that, it's more competent and entertaining death-doom material, and whilst I'm not so hot on the direction they took after this, it was probably the right call to shift direction at this point. The material here is not quite as fresh as the debut, and there's a sense towards the end of the album that Katatonia have done more or less all they can do in this particular vein and needed to look to new musical horizons if they were to find new inspiration.

KATATONIA For Funerals to Come

EP · 1995 · Death-Doom Metal
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This is an EP that Katatonia put out to tide over their fans who were eagerly awaiting the followup to their debut, Dance of December Souls. It isn't quite as interesting as the material on that album - it's a clutch of competently done death-doom pieces that don't quite have the gravitas of the December Souls material - so putting this out as an EP was probably the right call. Dan Swanö of Edge of Sanity guests once again, though he only provides the engineering rather than making the sort of keyboard contributions which he spiced up December Souls with. On the whole fun, but not one I would give top priority to.

KATATONIA Dance of December Souls

Album · 1993 · Death-Doom Metal
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Katatonia are one of those death-doom bands who, like Anathema and Paradise Lost, more or less walked away from the death-doom subgenre after the early phases of their career. (In particular, in playing an alternative-progressive metal style influenced by Pink Floyd, they seem to have been riding the Anathema bandwagon just a wee bit.)

Listening to Dance of December Souls, I find this a crying shame, because back in the day Katatonia seem to have really nailed the death-doom style and given their own spin to it, especially when it comes to the inclusion of light progressive elements here and there.

In particular, there's some delicate keyboard work from special guest Dan Swanö that on the one hand plays a similar role to the violin in early My Dying Bride in terms of providing a beautiful, haunting counterpoint to the more gruesome and abrasive aspects of their sound, but which inevitably gives the album its own particular texture. On top of that and some of the gothic influences that more or less all death-doom bands seem to slip in sooner or later, there's also some influence that seeps in here and there from early black metal, creating perhaps the richest bouquet of carefully chosen and arranged styles offered in death-doom at the time.

As a result, whilst latter-day Katatonia is certainly not my cup of tea, I'm going to have to make a point of exploring their early discography, because clearly there's some gems here that I've been overlooking.

KATATONIA The Fall Of Hearts

Album · 2016 · Alternative Metal
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"The Fall Of Hearts" is the 11th full-length studio album by Swedish metal act Katatonia. The album was released through Peaceville Records in May 2016. While it´s been 3 years since the release of "Dethroned & Uncrowned (2013)", Katatonia have been quite busy, releasing both the "Kocytean (2014)" compilation and the "Sanctitude (2015)" live album. In addition to that Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and Jonas Renkse have also been busy recording (the "Grand Morbid Funeral (2014)" album) and touring with their death metal project Bloodbath. There have been two lineup changes since the release of "Sanctitude (2015)" as guitarist Per "Sodo" Eriksson has been replaced by Roger Öjersson and drummer Daniel Liljekvist has been replaced by Daniel Moilanen. Both are fairly seasoned musicians on the Swedish metal scene having performed with acts like Tiamat and Runemagick.

Stylistically "The Fall Of Hearts" continues the dark, atmospheric, and melancholic rock/metal style of the last couple of albums by the band, but brings on a more progressive twist (some tracks are also slightly longer than usual for Katatonia). Artists like Porcupine Tree and Tool come to mind at various points throughout the album, but Katatonia have a distinct sound, which is especially due to Jonas Renkse´s soft emotive vocals, but also the often layered and intricate compositions.

The tracks are predominantly slow- to mid-paced and focus on melancholic atmospheres, but occasionally heavier riff sections appear, and with the addition of Moilanen to the lineup, some parts even feature double bass drumming. So there are definitely some really heavy parts featured on the album (like the closing sections of opening track "Takeover", "The Night Subscriber" or "Sanction"), although they do not represent the dominant musical style. Some tracks feature relatively simple structures, while others are more complex. In addition to guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, the music also features keyboards, which often lift the music to epic heights, but the keyboards are also often used as atmospheric backing. In addition to the above mentioned, highlights include "Decima", "Serac", "Passer", and "Shifts", but all material on the album is well written and memorable.

At least three additional tracks were recorded during the sessions in "Vakaren", "Sistere", and "Wide Awake In Quietus". The latter features a guest performance by Paradise Lost guitarist Gregor Mackintosh. "Vakaren" is a bit special too as it features Swedish language lyrics. As far as I know it´s the first time Renkse sings in his native language but it definitely shouldn´t be his last. "Vakaren" is a beautiful song and the Swedish language lyrics work perfectly.

The sound production is clear, powerful, and warm, suiting the material perfectly. At 67:22 minutes (the standard version without bonus tracks) "The Fall Of Hearts" is a pretty long album, and maybe also slightly too long, but on the other hand it´s hard to pick any of the 12 tracks that I would leave off the album, and compared to the last couple of albums by the band, "The Fall Of Hearts" is also a much more diverse release, which ensures that it´s entertaining all the way through the playing time. So upon conclusion it´s another high quality release by Katatonia. It´s also a much needed development from the artistic stagnation, which had begun to creep in on the last couple of albums, although the overall atmosphere of the the album isn´t that different from the dark melancholic atmospheres of the predecessors. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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Necrotica wrote:
6 months ago
Just switched The Fall of Hearts to progressive metal. There have been countless sources online that have labeled it as a prog record, and I'm inclined to agree. Many of the alternative elements were stripped away in favor of more technical, intricate passages, so I'm keeping the album at prog metal as of now.
Prog Geo wrote:
more than 2 years ago
One of the greatest sad bands!

Pelata wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Katatonia are one of my favorite bands! Beginning with 'Discouraged Ones', the band never fails to put out dark, melodic and engaging Metal!

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