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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

KATATONIA / Discøuraged Ønes (1998)

Katatonia gave us their first really successful foray into the melodic goth metal genre when they unleashed Discøuraged Ønes. The pattern of slow rhythms broken by a soaring chorus became their method of working for many years thereafter. It's a record filled with pathos; and despite being almost happy and upbeat at times, the lyrics deal with a fractured persona and a deep ingrained loneliness. Vocalist Jonas Renkse, who also performed drums, has an amazingly powerful voice that works in tandem with Blakkheim's guitars to produce a template that was copied by everyone and their dog but never equalled.

Songs of Note: Deadhouse; I Break

5 Mikael Åkerfeldt cameos out of 5

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