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Night Is the New Day

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Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renske & their debut album, `Dance of December Souls', was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lot & My Dying Bride as one of the genre's defining bands. On future albums a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined & structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album `Discouraged Ones'; the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia. On the back of the monumental & most successful album to date, 2006's `The Great Cold Distance' - including 3 singles & an American & European tour - there came a period of soul-searching from the Swedes, facing a task of making a wor- thy & relevant successor to the ground-breaking album. With a conscious effort not to merely repeat themself, Katatonia took their time with their next steps, while Anders & Jonas also remained busy with death metal group Bloodbath, alongside Mikael & Martin from Opeth. Night is the New Day' is Katatonia's eighth studio album. It was recorded throughout July 2009 & was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. A continuation of the heaviness, depth & atmosphere of their previous album, `Night Is the New Day' is also a more multi-dimensional effort - waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk & the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia's uncompromising sound, completed by the haunting tones of Jonas Renkse's vocal journeys of urban & emotional decay.

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville UK
  • ASIN: B002NXX8EC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Parker on November 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I just had to add to the other five-star reviews here, and say that this is a stunning album from this sadly underrated band (at least here in the United States of Musical Ignorance), but hopefully will still bring them the acclaim they deserve. My immediate response upon hearing this was that it was the album I've been waiting for Katatonia to make since I first heard Last Fair Deal Gone Down. While I loved the previous two releases (especially Viva Emptiness) I didn't hear the sheer creativity of composition evident in Last Fair Deal, and while that has remained my favorite Katatonia record, it is also a bit underwhelming in the production department - great songs and lots of atmosphere, but all beneath a sort of muddy curtain of sound. This new one is crisp and defined in the production department, while overall being perhaps their least heavy album ever. Don't let the first song Forsaker fool you. After that, you'll hear an album full of contrasts: heavy passages, acoustic interludes, electronics, keyboards, and what I believe to be, the always-awesome mellotron! Jonas Renske's vocals are also the best I've heard from him yet - still monotone-ish (in that great Katatonia way) and as always haunting and moody. But there seems to be a new approach to the singing on these songs that makes the vocals fit with the music better than ever before. You may actually be surprised at how mellow and laid back some of these songs are, but rest assured, it's still Katatonia all the way. In a just world, they would be the biggest metal band on the planet right now. A great, great album!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cambreleng on November 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Its a rare feat for an album to so absolutely encompass beauty and darkness, and the overall atmosphere that goes with those to subjects. Then it goes without saying that 'Night is the New Day' is one of but a handful that scratch that itch with exactly the right sound and depth.

This album is so diverse in the way it sounds and yet so cohesive that it truly blew me away the first listen through. I put it on again and listened to it all the way through a second time and started to see this landscape of emotion that Katatonia have created, and it floored me. It all flows together so well, and builds to the emotional crescendo on "Departer", where Krister Linder adds his haunting vocals to the mix. Its hard not to be touched at some level by almost all of the songs on the album. "Forsaker" opens the album aggresively enough to shake you but is gentle enough to lure you in to a sense of uneasy calm, then your led into "The Longest Year" which is going to be considered a standout song in Katatonia's career for years to come. "Liberation" is another track that rips into you and demands you peer into its soul and all the while it refuses to let go giving you the sense of despair Jonas Renske is conveying.

Other stand out tracks: Let me say, I find it very VERY hard to say that all the tracks on any album are excellent, but in this case I can't single out any song that I wouldn't listen to. I can spin this album all the way through, then put it on again without batting an eye. I can't praise Katatonia and crew enough for putting out something of this magnitude, and I can say with the utmost certainty that this will go down as one of the great albums for this entire genre of music, and definately one of the bright highlights of the bands career.

Say what you will, but this album is a no brainer purchase and one of the best albums in the past few years... and is proof enough that taking the time to carefully create something can pay off in spades.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By avgvstvs VINE VOICE on November 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is a very special place in my heart for Katatonia. About three years ago I randomly picked up the album "Viva Emptiness," and was treated to a magical formula of pretty fresh hard rock/metal combined with the most superb penmanship from one Jonas Renske. Katatonia dislodged "Misery Loves Co." as this writer's favorite band of all time. Katatonia filled a void for something I didn't realize I was lacking; somber, melancholic--darkness. (For my definition of "dark," the lyrics to "Criminals" should suffice.)

Their last album took this to a whole different plane, though the theme wasn't quite as dark as the subject matter on songs such as say, "Criminals," the musicianship was pushed another notch, and Renske still pens verbal poetry like a gothic madman.

I put all that down to give you, the reader, what I was expecting when I eagerly found out that "Night is the New Day" was dropping in November. I was expecting quite a bit...

The first track, "Forsaker," is hands down the most melodic Katatonia song I've ever heard... the rather simplistic initial guitar riff offset by a strong harmonic chorus of singing that powers through the mix. And the lyrics... "The dark will rise, dread the new freedom! Give up the right to find your true self; Forsake your own reason..." then softly singing the accusation: "forsaker... forsaker...!" The song mellows out again for a very Pink-Floydish solo before repeating the chorus... the song moving for another nice melodic section carrying another new musical theme.

Though, the first set of lyrics I thought I'd heard was "The dark will rise, grant the new freedom, devour the right to find your true self; forsake your only son...
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