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The Great Cold Distance

Katatonia, DarkthroneAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B0027OSSYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Leaders
2. Deliberation
3. Soil's Song
4. My Twin
5. Consternation
6. Follower
7. Rusted
8. Increase
9. July
10. In The White
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Disc: 2
1. Leaders
2. Deliberation
3. Soil's Song
4. My Twin
5. Consternation
6. Follower
7. Rusted
8. Increase
9. July
10. In The White
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2 CD Edition of 2006 Album CD features album with 2 bonus tracks plus DVD-A with 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. Katatonia really stand out as one of the most consistent bands in the metal scene today ... they have achieved a rare level of excellence and that surely must be applauded.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Cold April 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For all of you new to Katatonia, they are a dark, progressive blend of melancholic and aggressive melodies. The structure of the songs allows them to shift from sometimes very ambient, melodic and depressing to crushing agressive often times complex riffs. People often compare these guys to Opeth, and sometimes the emotional atmosphere is quite similar, however, I'd draw a closer connection to the likes of Tool, or more meloidc metal such as Novembre, and even some elements of Porcupine Tree.

The vocals are rarely screamed, and if they are it's usually in the background, which creates a haunting aura. Very powerful. Tracks like Rusted and Leaders use this effect very well.

Anyways, their last album, Viva Emptiness created a musical journey through powerful emotional mixtures, however, the album didn't have the flow The Great Cold Distance has. This is quite possibly their best of their new stuff. (I'm not too familiar with thier old stuff, all I know is that it is Doom Metal, and I am starting to explore it) Not only is each song solid with great composition, execution, TOP NOTCH production, but the album as a WHOLE flows together. If in the right mind set, you can almost feel like you're in the mistd of some Great Cold Distance. It's an atmosphere few bands are able to acomplish.

This is truley a haunting album which I strongly believe fans of many different types of music can relate to. Fans of Doom/Death/Black metal would most likely like this just as much as fans of progressive/melodic/experiemental metal would. This is must buy for Katatonia fans, and would be a GREAT place to start for newcommers...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and relentlessly dense April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Great Cold Distance is in many ways the best Katatonia album since their undisputed 1996 masterpiece Brave Murder Day. It was after this album when Katatonia decided to explore uncharted waters, opting for a more laidback yet perhaps darker and more depressing songwriting formula. With amazing records like Discouraged Ones and Last Fair Deal Gone Down, they have established themselves as one of the leading forces in the genre, rivaled by only a handful other bands, if any.

Despite the relatively compact songs, the new Katatonia album is an extremely demanding listen, the compositions being made up of complex arrangements, deliberately disfunctional rhythmic patterns, and often discordant riffs. Given songwriters Jonas Renkse and Anders Nystrom have cited Tool as one of their favourite bands, it comes as no secret that the main riff of the album opener "Leaders" bears a similarity with Tool's "The Grudge", not to mention vocalist Renkse's great vocal melodic progressions that bring to mind the great Maynard Keenan. Daniel Liljekvist provides some amazing screams on this track, contributing to the dark nature of the piece. However, it is his drumming on The Great Cold Distance that will leave many fans' jaws hanging. This guy is a monster and this album features without doubt the best Katatonia drumming in years. Same thing goes for Mattias Norrman's bass work. The song "Follower" seems like it was developed around his amazing bass groove, with powerful guitar work that entails tons of reverb rendering it perhaps the most atmospheric and depressive number on the album. The guitar theme that soars above the composition before the heavier final section sends shivers down the spine: melody and emotion unite in order to create magic during a ten second solo passage.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "i see the bright lights, it's the month of july" May 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
katatonia never fail to bring the goods and this latest album is no exception... drawing heavily from opeth and tool, katatonia have never sounded better... their ability to draw the listener in with hypnotic, chugging power chords and radial guitar dissonance through harmonies is simply amazing...

all 12 tracks are interesting in their own right... and jonas' voice and lyrics provide the toppings for melancholy bliss... i'm already stating it- this is my choice for #1 album of 2006 hands down...

now if they could just tour north america...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mainstr--what??? October 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to completely counter another reviewer... I've listened to Katatonia for years, I have the complete discography and when it comes to the previous album, "Viva Emptiness," I must simply assume that he has a problem with clean guitar tones. Mainstream? What the hell? I've never heard a mainstream band with lyrics that so subtly suggest suicide like "Omerta," or the helplessness felt in leaving a lover to die in the song "Criminals," anyone who suggests this band went "mainstream" never paid attention to the extremely exquisite dark lyrics.

I've never heard another band that sounds like Katatonia, one band came close, Sweden's venerable Misery Loves Co., but that band is long gone. I loved "Viva Emptiness," and the same can be said for this album. It's dark and brooding, and crafts a great mood. I personally considered "Viva Emptiness" the crowning achievement of this band, and this album carries that sound to it's next logical step forward; it's grittier, but the lyrics have not lost their sharp edge honed since '93. You can hear this band's maturity and the fact that they only get better from album to album makes me shudder to think of what they could do next?

This album is hard to top. I really can't think of another band it compares to, there's a few mild influences of A Perfect Circle and Tool--but this is what I can only describe as "Suggested influences." You won't hear any blatant rip-offs, they are very mild and are able to hide their influences well--the mark of excellent musicians.

If you're a fan of dark music, this band--in my opinion--is where the search ends. The vocals are soft and melodic, but the lyrics cut like a cold knife. Excellent use of imagery and in this album they continue their ride at the top of their game continued from "Viva Emptiness."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album
I am far from a fan. But what is the deal with the same tracks on CD 2. A dvd? No info on that. I almost rather pay more with just the original songs. I like it clean. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thrash A Lot
1.0 out of 5 stars dumb music for dumb people
I don't quite understand the concept of this album and it's vague lyrics. They used to sing about giving up and leaving, but know they're trying to say they're "Leaders"? Ha! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nightshift worshiper
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
The Great Cold Distance has many tracks on it that I feel define Katatonia. Leaders, Soils song I think are some of the best they put out, but other tracks are sort of bland.
Published 13 months ago by Austin Shock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album by Katatonia
This album is a Doom Metal masterpiece. This in my opinion is the best album brought out by the band not withstanding the latest 'Dead end Kings'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Raj
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the class in this music category !
This album is most impressive!

Im really a fan of progressive styles in rock,
metal and jazz, so I am not familiar with the
"dark rock" category. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ProgDrummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great example of European prog rock. Put them along side Dead Soul Tribe, Riverside and Opeth. This release starts a new driving sound.
Published on December 27, 2011 by WC
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent melancholy
Through a clever subtlety, Katatonia have managed to introduce slight enhancements to their post-doom melancholic metal/rock with each passing release, firmly maintaining their... Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by Grond
5.0 out of 5 stars Just good music
It is very refreshing to find good music and katatonia is one of those bands that is creating it beautifully.
Published on April 3, 2011 by R. Erazo
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Record
I guess I understand all the comparisons to Tool and Opeth, but to me, I don't see Katatonia as a rip of those two band in any way. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Franz Escobar
5.0 out of 5 stars Katatonia : " The Great Cold Distance"
I'm tradionally an old-schooler, but after hearing "Viva Empiness" a few years back, and now "The Great Cold Distance", I've officially become a Katatonia fan. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Masked Jackal
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Same thing here.
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I purchased one recently and immediately noticed the same exact thing. The labels are swapped on the discs. Yours is the first post I've found anywhere mentioning the same issue.
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