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Friday, 04 July 2008
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--Don’t doubt me too much, maybe some songs have ever made me exciting, all flowers have already withered, dried. But maybe some one what I ever left at the corner now becomes the best one in this article, all should blame for this guy:Time.

There is a band who never be out of dark, always sink into shadow, this is KATATONIA, so many years they always put all of darkness, melancholy, angry and pressure into palette, casting black on the top of rainbow, just in the past they prefer thick dark, but now everything changed into foggy grey.
KATATONIA’s music is like a wizard dancing into the storm, falling down in the thundering and lighting, stumbling into marshes, until now we cannot find any sunshine in the sky. KATATONIA has complicated emotion, although only for sad topic, they can show all kinds of feeling, their music always changed, every song has its own story, ups and downs, enthralling you into the dark from the beginning to the end.

I’m heard that KATATONIA’s music is “suicide rock”, but I think its extreme degree is far as BETHLEHEM, for me KATATONIA is a metal/rock band who is good at showing depressing performance of the personal feelings. Compared the other band ANATHEMA with the similar experience, Both of them played in the doom metal scene from very beginning, both of them keep changing, they all fancy with depressive and dark atmosphere. But today ANATHEMA has transformed to psychedelic rock, KATATONIA is still more extreme, underground. What I only know is KATATONIA concentrate to make its own style, its music is very personal and obscure, and we found KATATONIA has more characteristic than ANATHEMA, their music is easier to be remembered.

The first burst out: death doom metal
"Dance of December Souls" has a terrible cover, and music can not associate with it.

Dance of December Souls
Dance of December Souls


Imagine the earth is boundless, rolls of gray clouds hide the sun, a naked body kneels on the ground, helpless, looking up to the sky, his angry voice is from his deep throat, is involved into the winds, winding to your face, it’s very hard to forget. This is the song “Without God” from their first album “Dance of December Souls”. But last year when I went to see their show, I found they didn’t play this song, and later I found that they never play any song from this album. This album united dark and hatred, it’s sealed into a CD, I recommend every song from this cd, the keyboard shows  a solemn atmosphere, the mainly emotion is grief and indignation, music changed a lot in every song, and the pain will stick into the heart, it’s very hard not to be a classic doom metal album. Why they never play this album in the live show, maybe for a souvenir.


"Brave Murder Day" relatively rough cover
Brave Murder Day
Brave Murder Day


For Mold, KATATONIA is a contradictory band, they love to twine the heavy and gentle together, they circle on the metal road, but they also like adding soft melodic elements into it. Even in the earlier time, when Jonas’s grunt is still raw and harsh, we already found that, it’s just covered by the voice, such as the first doom metal album “Dance of December Souls”, the third song “In Silence enshrined” has shown as KATATONIA’s repeat and progressive style. We can find all from the other song “Tomb of Insomnia”, pure rock repeatedly solo leads to the climax of suffering, although I’m not satisfied with Jonas’s voice. Until their second album “Brave Murder Day”, even if OPETH’s Mikael uses his professional voice, it still can not cover the thick smell of rock. Whatever the second one is a special album, one side is Mikael’s perfect variety of singing, the other side is KATATONIA’s repeatedly and progressive rock elements. I think this album has made band walk out of dark into the forest, the jungle, with thick fog.


"Discouraged Ones" finally music is matched with the cover
Discouraged Ones
Discouraged Ones

When Jonas can not use his harsh death grunt voice any more, and at the same time KATATONIA just find a little bit feeling during his music journey, and when the band can not always find other guy to help them, the only method to move on is looking for the style fit for themselves. So, we see the KATATONIA’s music in their third album “Discouraged Ones”, this one is also treated a transformed classic KATATONIA album by most audiences. But Mold thought this one is over light and a little bit lazy except the melancholy melody. And when metal elements lost its function in their music, this one becomes normal, and for the music, At the side of showing personal emotion, I feel the fifth album “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” is more elegant and more sophisticated than this one.


"Tonight's Decision" sometimes you impulse to buy a cd just for the cover
Tonight's Decision
Tonight's Decision


”Discouraged Ones” attracted many people in the extreme music scene, so the next year KATATONIA released “Tonight’s Decision”, it still has good melody, songs are easy following, and the music is still melancholy into the grey side. But we still can find this band not like stay at one place, they don’t care about what kind of style they should use, everything just for the emotion, like “Had to (leave)” and “Right Into the Bliss” are still great doom metal songs.


"Last Fair Deal Gone Down" confirms their growth of music, but a similar tune for the decadence in the arts is common
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Last Fair Deal Gone Down


In two years, “Last fair Deal Gone Down” is more mature and contemporary strong, faster, more complex and more arranger, Jonas has personalized voice and can control it very well, we can say at this moment KATATONIA has totally formed their own unique style, with rock music’s random and not completely give up metal music’s structure, or even join some psychedelic elements, I even think they will be toward to the commercial music scene.


Second burst out: "frustration depression metal rock"
"Viva Emptyness" It’s said that KATATONIA likes OPETH, it’s not surprised
Viva Emptyness
Viva Emptyness


"The Great cold Distance" Compared to music, I prefer this album’s cover, but if the first one I heard is “The Great Cold Distance”, maybe I will collect this one.
The Great cold Distance
The Great cold Distance


Of course I suspect that the fresh degree of these three albums has already faded, unless there are really big companies which are willing to package such a alternative rock band into mainstream, perhaps for the listeners like us are used to extreme and heavy music, we think they are tend to be commercial, in fact they are still far away from mainstream, so KATATONIA still challenge the new element into their depressive music, so the sixth album “Viva Emptiness”  is the second classic KATATONIA’s album, this one is back to the heavy trail, with stress and dark sense, you can feel three-dimensional effect, their repetitive rhythm is very clever behind the scenes by heavy riffs and speedup drums. The most important thing is the music is hard, matured, with lots of impulsion, combined with many old stuffs. But later “The Great Cold Distance” has no fresh idea, it’s just ok, today we have tones of bands all over the world, if without new idea, it will be thrown into the corner. So for mold, my point is collecting the first one album and “Viva Emptiness”, that’s enough.



KATATONIA still continued to perform, released the live album, accumulated more experience, perhaps they’re already preparing a new attack, these are not important, for the listener, let it be, we just look forward to find different feeling for the new album or old album, certainly, there is something never changed, like the feeling for “Without God”.

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