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jthefrank



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PostSubject: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 3:26 pm

So I've been listening to a lot of Swallow the Sun again lately, and listening to the track on Hope where Jonas Renske does guest vocals has gotten me interested in checking out Katatonia. The only album of theirs I'm familiar with is The Great Cold Distance, which I found pretty underwhelming. Any fans of theirs here who can recommend what material I should check out? I'd prefer a melodic death/doom metal sound ala Swallow the Sun, which according to metalstorm would be Brave Murder Day and the EPs from around that time.
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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 3:44 pm

Shit, just noticed that November's Doom just released a new album, so I may as well piggyback onto this thread. Anyone check it out? Thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 4:01 pm

It depends on what you want out of it.

Renkse's does death metal vocals on the album (Dance of December souls), first EP (For Funerals to Come), then does clean vocals on Brave Murder Day (with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth handling death metal vocals) and on the Sounds of Decay-EP Akerfeldt does all vocals.

Coincidentally, those releases are also Katatonia's best material by far. The Great Cold Distance gets a lot of cred, but I was disappointed by it too. Out of Katatonia's "clean"-phase I think Viva Emptiness is definitely the best one, but they all pale in comparison to their death/doom-era (Dance of December Souls/For Funerals to Come/Brave Murder Day/Sounds of Decay).

Also, you might want to check out October Tide, which was another death-doom project Renkse did harsh vocals for.

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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 4:22 pm

Shrike wrote:
It depends on what you want out of it.

Renkse's does death metal vocals on the album (Dance of December souls), first EP (For Funerals to Come), then does clean vocals on Brave Murder Day (with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth handling death metal vocals) and on the Sounds of Decay-EP Akerfeldt does all vocals.

Coincidentally, those releases are also Katatonia's best material by far. The Great Cold Distance gets a lot of cred, but I was disappointed by it too. Out of Katatonia's "clean"-phase I think Viva Emptiness is definitely the best one, but they all pale in comparison to their death/doom-era (Dance of December Souls/For Funerals to Come/Brave Murder Day/Sounds of Decay).

Also, you might want to check out October Tide, which was another death-doom project Renkse did harsh vocals for.

Cool, Century Media appears to have BMD + FFtC for only $8, so I think I'll start with that
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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 5:46 pm

Brave Murder Day is the best if you can get past the awful clean vocals.
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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 7:17 pm

I've only listened to the first couple tracks on November's Doom's new album, but they were pretty meh.
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PostSubject: Re: Katatonia   Mon May 16, 2011 9:29 pm

Last Fair Deal Gone Down or Tonight's Decision are the best.

I really disliked The Great Cold Distance at first but now I really enjoy it.
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