Katatonia’s approach to music has never been conventional, but this is a whole new level even for them. It is strange and uncompromising, futuristic and elegant, theatrical and epic!
I have mad questions in mind.
Are they maybe now exploring the hidden links between the experimental, ambient electronica sound and their already established atmospheric one with viscous textures? Are they incorporating some trip-hop elements or some mutating forms? Will we hear more of these string arrangements breathing life into the electronic beats in the album?
I mean we are used to them reinveting themselves with every new album, but are they now getting ready to shake the status quo and even change the progressive rock scene?
Looks like we will have to wait to find out, but it’s safe to say that they are on to something new and reaching new heights.
Some of you might have read my article titled “My Dream Katatonia Setlist”. Now, that list has a new item 🙂 I am one of the luckiest people on the universe as I am seeing them twice this weekend after hearing this sheer brilliance.
City Burials stands as Katatonia’s new triumph of deep & enigmatic progressive rock – the fruits of a rejuvenating and profound chapter in the band’s legacy; a catalyst for its creators, with a collection of moments constructed out of the fragments of an ever-evolving life. Compiled into one of their most important modern works and statements to date, the finely-honed instrumentation provides a multi-textured backdrop with the voice of Jonas Renkse guiding us through these latest trials of loss and ruin. City Burials is an album that sees the band reclaim part of their heavy metal roots, via several moments of exuberant, old school classicism, deftly woven into these new songs’ kaleidoscopic fabric.
1) Heart Set To Divide 2) Behind The Blood 3) Lacquer 4) Rein 5) The Winter Of Our Passing 6) Vanishers 7) City Glaciers 8) Flicker 9) Lachesis 10) Neon Epitaph 11) Untrodden
Jonas Renkse – vocals
Anders Nyström – guitar
Niklas Sandin – bassist
Daniel Moilanen – drummer
Roger Öjersson – guitar