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

Saturday, March 10, 2012

KATATONIA / The Great Cold Distance (2006)

Still exploring the dark and distant aspects of the human condition, the Swedes continue to do it with the same riff-chorus-riff structure as before, with Jonas belting-out in his soft but emotionally pained voice. There's experimentation but you need to listen carefully to hear it; e.g. some new drum techniques give it a new kind of pulse; the crunch of the guitars drifts in and out; and the bass is a little higher in the mix. As usual, the production is flawless. However, the structure is less forgiving for new listeners. For the casual listener it's perhaps formulaic. For fans it can be appreciated as a variation on a theme.

Songs of Note: Deliberation; My Twin

4 oppressive waits out of 5

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