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Katatonia - Tonight's Decision CD

€8.90

This is the turning point in Katatonia's career, the true beginning of the alternative influenced records, (even though the 'melodic doom metal' of Discouraged Ones is still present), and a contender for best work of theirs, all at the same time. How's that for a transitional album?

The songwriting is more dynamic and varied, and while most songs follow the verse-chorus-verse pattern, the droning, repetitive song structures are gone. The production is sharp, and more polished than ever before, making a lot less evident the presence of (doom) metal riffs, and removing the dreamy, dense guitar wall of sound of the previous work. The heavier riffs are still there, but in a somehow reduced amount, with the guitars playing mostly open chords. The leads are cleaner, with a more streamlined but more sorrowful feel to them. Despite the guitar work being more influenced by alternative rock this time, it sounds distorted, hard-edged, and still quite heavy.