Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

KATATONIA / Dead End Kings (2012)

This is the biggest shake-up in the Katatonia sound since Discouraged Ones (1998).
It’s more mellow than usual.  There is even cello and piano.  Don’t worry, despite the change it’s still unmistakably Katatonia.  It has the majestic melancholy and decaying beauty we’ve come to expect from them, it’s just more refined.
New bass player Niklas Sandin gets his sound high in the mix; he fits in well.  The swelling guitars are still evident but less predictable than usual.  It the same but different.  I’m pleased with that.

Songs of Note: Buildings; Leech

4½ concrete skies out of 5

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