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Night Is The New Day

Company: Peaceville
Release: 2009
Genre: Gothic death/doom
Reviewer: Raising Iron

  • The perfect balance of beauty and misery

  • I've been wondering if anything was yet to be released in 2009 to rival the majesty and grace of Amorphis' Skyforger, and Katatonia have answered the question with an emphatic--YES! With Night Is the New Day, our fellow Swedes have entered a new phase of their career, creating a richly dark tapestry, weaving across dim skies with jaded indifference as to where the wind takes them.

    Katatonia have been creating their shoegazing brand of despondent rock/metal for years now to great success: Viva Emptiness, Tonight's Decision, et al; the list goes on, not to mention their curious beginnings rooted in a gothic death/doom hybrid of sorts, but with their latest release, the band have struck the perfect balance of beauty and misery, a dichotomous proposition to be sure, and one that only a very few can truly construct with any measure of actualization. The band and its songs truly revolve around the enigmatic singer, for as always Jonas Renkse's haunting delivery never fails to captivate or enthrall.

    On past releases, their songs have always contained a tinge of underlying hatred and anger toward the cruel lot life often deals; that angst simmering just beneath the surface, not flamboyant but quite perceptible; futilely struggling against the current of the world's travails. But on this release, it seems as if the band have given up fighting the depressive gloom that pervades every corner of their chosen milieu, instead, accepting the grim sorrow that fate as so harshly dealt, content to embrace the brooding shade that surrounds their every step, hence the more than appropriate album title. Things are written with a slightly more progressive feel than in the past, the melodies wandering, seemingly aimless, through loosely constructed corridors of doom, bumping the walls at every turn, yet arriving at their desired destination; the opulent production availing the listener of every creak and groan throughout the band's bleak dwelling.

    What more can be said? With Night Is the New Day, Katatonia have unleashed an insidiously black ink into the soul of the world, forever staining it with unrelenting apathy, and leaving its indelible mark upon its cask.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for this band:
    Night Is The New DayKatatonia
    Greg Watson4/16/2010
    Night Is The New DayKatatonia
    Raising Iron12/16/2009
    Greg Watson6/9/2015
    The Great Cold DistanceKatatonia
    Troy Cole4/7/2006

    Interviews found from this band:
    Anders NyströmKatatoniaEtiam2/23/2012
    Jonas RenkseKatatoniaEtiam10/4/2012

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