The Great Cold Distance
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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...
With a great tune like 'Leaders' to start: a wonderful song with Jonas giving the soft touches "leaders come, leaders go...' with vocals and the band belting out doom sonics during the chorus with Jonas's melancholy vocals piercing through which is trademark of the band. This song along with 'Deliberation" and 'My Twin' are the great songs, this is not to say the other songs are not great. The album is great and you will want to play the whole album without skipping (a rare situation with metal albums today).
Katatonia as a band keep to a similar style across the album with variations on tunes but framework across songs is quite similar of soft haunting vocals at the start which builds up to a very melodious riff based powerful chorus and repeat. Though simple in explanation it is very effective.
This album is a combination of real melodic tunes with excellent production; the edge is definitely there in this album. Though the later albums i.e. 'Night is a new Day' and 'Dead end Kings' are both good albums they are not as good as this one. 'Night is a new day' moves to en-cash the style perfected on this one and 'Dead end kings' is a tiny bit less melodious though harder than `The Great cold Distance.
This one won't disappoint that I can say.
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I had to really think about this as I've been following this band for a long time right until last week getting their 2016 release The Fall of Hearts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoy the clarity and texture of guitars. Production is just outstanding. Not my favorite band but really do enjoy this record.Published 5 months ago by Sean
This is the standout album for this band in my opinion. If you don't like them and haven't listened to this one yet, I would give it a shot. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alex
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 morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Thrash A Lot
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 morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Nightshift worshiper
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 on June 16, 2013 by Shackman
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
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