Katatonia - The Longest Year CD
Super jewel case with 8 pages booklet.
Katatonia have always been a hard beast to fully nail down, as they’ve had this abstract aesthetic to their sound that is characteristically depressing by nature, yet not 100% restrained by the existing dogmas of metal. Their work has a strong gothic tilt to it, due in large part to the ambient keyboard usage and reverberating, from the pulpit oriented vocal production. It can be summed up as a religious experience of sorts, their lyrical content notwithstanding, and will often transcend the borders between Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode. Their latest EP essentially leaves the nebulous border between rock and metal completely, and manifests almost entirely as an ambient, gravely slow take on gothic rock.