01. The Parting
02. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
04. The Racing Heart
08. Unto You
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters
As any fan of metal music should know, darkness can be a beautiful thing; with this firmly in mind Katatonia have continuously set out to carve beautiful and melodic albums that are deeply entrenched in the gloomier side of the human subconscious. Through a heavy reliance on imagery that calls to mind thoughts of isolation, depression, death, and loss, the band capture a spirit of fear and beauty while at the same time continuously furthering themselves from the metal template, much like their Swedish peers, Opeth — another band whose formative years were rooted in death metal. Unlike Opeth, however, Katatonia have taken a decidedly more subtle and transitional route to developing their sound; slowing changing, adding, and subtracting elements from each release to create something that is entirely their own, as opposed to the jarring and slightly unsettling abandonment of metal qualities as on Opeth’s latest release, Heritage.
Concerts are a mixed bag for me, and they always will be, regardless of which band or musician I end up seeing. I love the idea of witnessing music performed live, and I love being able to be a part of the music, even for just a moment. There’s something deeply romantic to me knowing that you are aiding to the din of noise all around. Unfortunately I also hate large crowds. And assholes. Which is awesome when you’re seeing a group like the Samurai Conquistadors — a band from my home town — who have maybe 50, to 100 people show up at their performances, but when you decide to see two major modern metal acts, well you just have to grin and bear that shit. Even if the aforementioned shit happens to be no-fun-having-hipsters-who-refuse-to-move-or-smile-or-do-anything-indicating-that-they-are-enjoying-the-bands-of-the-night. Yeah.
For anyone who ahsn’t heard it yet, Opeth‘s new album Heritage is now available for streaming over at NPR. I’m pretty sure full album streams are the thing of the future – people want to try before they buy, and this allows them to do just that without torrenting. So no excuses for pirating any more? Perhaps, but I digress.
It takes a not unfamiliar path for Opeth by cutting all death metal-style vocals – they did a similar thing with 2003’s Damnation – but it seems to be pretty divisive. Jimmy already caught a listen and thoroughly enjoyed it (me too), but I guess now it’s up to you to make up your own minds.
Either way, you can get your grubby mits on your own copy come September 20th through Roadrunner Records.
We’ve known for a while that Heritage is going to have all clean vocals. Chris Dick’s article confirms that it’s still going to be scarier than finding out the Jabberwocky is your new girlfriend’s dad. We know that it’s going to be in the vein of 70s prog. You’ve heard that, but have you heard this?
Ho yes! The 70s influence is obvious. It’s definitely Opeth, but it’s a fresh new take. This version is a radio rip, so the quality might not be the best, but it’s still new Opeth!
It sounds very spacey and awesome – I like the ambience and the progression. Normally I’m a fan of the more brutal side of Opeth, but I can definitely dig this. Now I’m really pumped for Heritage, which will come out 16th September on Roadrunner Records.
I recently purchased a subscription to Decibel Magazine. Several things contributed to my choice of a subscription, including the nostalgia of anticipating that monthly magazine delivery, those kickass exclusive flexi-discs, and the need within myself to further support and immerse myself in metal culture. Decibel is easily the best metal rag you can pick up these days, where they focus on relevant acts that actually matter to the metal community. If you open up Decibel, you won’t likely see much of the mainstream psuedo-metal that Revolver and Kerrang! often shovel. Far be it from me to be an elitist, but I’d rather read a magazine that does cover stories of Death instead of Bullet For My Valentine. What self-respecting fan of underground music wouldn’t?!
At any rate, this month’s brilliant cover story is all about Opeth‘s new album Heritage. Not too long ago, I came across a Finnish article surrounding the highly anticipated album and ran it through Google Translate, and took the gist of what the slight mess of broken English that was produced. I had concluded that the album was without growls or any of the signature Opeth death metal stylings, and instead was an adventurous look into main man Mikael Akerfeldt’s primary influences and listening habits; classic prog rock was to be the main flavor of Heritage. Of course, I maintained that I could have been slighly off-base, but it turns out that it isn’t the case. It’s true, according to Decibel.
The Opeth/Katatonia tour I spoke a little bit about last week now has a full itinerary available. The tour seems to be more extensive than I had thought! Looks like I’ll be hitting up Louisville this September!
09/19 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/20 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
09/21 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/22 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/23 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
09/26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
09/27 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
09/28 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
09/29 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
09/30 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
10/01 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
10/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/04 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/06 Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
10/07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/08 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings
10/10 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
10/11 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
10/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
10/15 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
10/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/18 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/19 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
10/20 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/21 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
10/22 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/25 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/28 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
10/29 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
10/30 Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
10/31 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/01 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live