The new studio album from Sweden’s Katatonia Night is the New Day
is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. It was recorded throughout July 2009 and was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. A continuation of the heaviness, depth and atmosphere of their previous album, Night Is the New Day
is also a more multi-dimensional effort - waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk and the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia’s uncompromising sound, completed by the haunting tones of Jonas Renkse’s vocal journeys of urban and emotional decay.
On the back of the monumental and most successful album to date, 2006’s The Great Cold Distance
- including three singles and an American and European tour - there came a period of soulsearching from the Swedes, facing a task of making a worthy and relevant successor to the ground-breaking album. With a conscious effort not to merely repeat themselves, Katatonia took their time with their next steps, while Anders and Jonas also remained busy with death metal group Bloodbath, alongside Mikael and Martin from Opeth.
Cover art once again comes courtesy of Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth, Novembre) and continues the stylistic identity established so effectively since The Great Cold Distance
. "...possibly the greatest 'heavy' record I have heard in the last 10 years... it truly is a masterpiece!"--Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)