Jonas Renkse – Vocals
Nyström – Guitar
Norrman – Guitar
Norrman – Bass
Daniel Liljekvist – Drums
"The great cold Distance" katatonia
Recorded at Fascination Street studios in Orebro, Sweden; preceded by the 4 track EP "MY TWIN"
Distributed in Switzerland by Irascible Distribution
release date 13.03.06
not sure why they chose to open up the album with “Leaders.”
It does have a solid start but it didn’t exactly grab my attention.
Although, I must say that the song
did project some spectacular imagery. I felt like I was walking through
a wasteland, listening to this track. To me, this is a testament on how
gothic this band really is.
The vocals are a bit monotonous but they work.
favorite track I would have to say would be, “Deliberation.”
The lyrics are very catchy as is the guitar riff that goes with it. It
has some very dark overtones but once the chorus kicks in, it brings the
song to an entirely new level. The chorus makes the song, it’s the
type of chorus that everyone can sing along to and quickly memorize.
This song could be very appealing to a lot of different people.
I showed this track to my girlfriend, who doesn’t even listen to metal
and she liked it. The vocals are smooth and melancholy and the guitars
are perfect but to be honest, the guitar sound isn’t exactly worth
writing about. It isn’t technical, it isn’t melodic, it’s almost
as if it has a modern rock style of sound to it yet, it’s gothic.
It’s still my favorite track though.
Song” is very depressing! The song is very slow, methodical and it
has one hell of a punch. The best way to describe the song is that
it’s modern gothic. The vocals again sound very smooth but the guitars
are much heavier. The song
paints an even darker picture than the other tracks on this CD. I’ll
go as far as saying that the song is one of the darkest I have ever
heard. If the listener is depressed and hears this song…it’ll enrich
that person’s experience.
put out a single for the song, “My Twin.” I would say it’s
a good track, I say “Deliberation” would have been the better
track for the single. In this track, the band does sound like a Opeth
clone minus the solos. However, I would like to point out that there is
a fullness of sound on this song that isn’t found on the other tracks.
In this song, the listener can definatly tell how cohesive this band can
see. It has a medium fast pace to it and the vocals are catchy…this
sounds like a pattern.
Production and Quality:
I would have liked
to have seen a little more diversity in this CD.
It seems like the band has the same formula in every song. The
difference being that the first four tracks are catchy and I could
remember them at any given time but the rest of the tracks are quite
forgettable. Every song features
the same type of vocals, smooth but monotonous. And there isn’t
anything truly awe inspiring about the guitar playing or the bass
playing for that matter. The Drumming was adequate, I couldn’t ask for
anything more out of them. The sound quality was top notch all the way
with the exception of the bass. It was buried in the mix where if
producer where to have boosted it a little more, I would have gotten a
lot more out of the album.
I would like to see them
live, there’s no question about that and I would go as far as saying
that this is one of the most premier and underrated gothic bands in the
world today. If this band was
paired up with Opeth, Paradise Lost, and Lacuna Coil, they would conquer
the world. I just wish the singer would scream once in a while or the
guitar player would go into a solo or two.
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