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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ42
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For My Demons
2. I Am Nothing
3. In Death, A Song
4. Had To (Leave)
5. This Punishment
6. Right Into The Bliss
7. No Good Can Come Of This
8. Starined
9. A Darkness Coming
10. Nightmares By the Sea
11. Black Session
12. No Devotion
13. Fractured

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Tonight's Decision, Katatonia's debut release for Peaceville Records, was the band's fourth album and found the band further developing the more song-orientated style explored on their previous album Discouraged Ones. Immediately heralded as a classic by fans, Tonight's Decision stylistically builds on the refined 'shoe-gazing' qualities of their previous album, while simultaneously exploring the more extreme sonic possibilities of the Katatonia sound. Jonas's growing interest in singer/songwriters is reflected in the album's sound, and wonderfully exemplified by the thoughtful and moving rendition of Jeff Buckley's Nightmares By The Sea. The brilliant combination of Anders' haunting guitar work and Jonas's potent lyrics evokes images of urban decay and emotional turmoil in a way unique to this always searching band.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "drumming_moose" on 26 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Where to start? First, anyone who likes Paradise lost, Opeth, Anathema, etc. owe it to them selves to spend a measly £6.99 on this CD- I promise you will love it.
This album has a less dark sound than excellent later offerings 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' and 'Viva Emptyness,' but really does catch you right how you want an album like this to...you know the feeling when it's like they wrote the song for a (negative) way you've felt yourself and distilled it to CD? Excellent vocal melodies and tasteful, considered guitar and drum work combine to make what is to me the establishing album of the band. My personal favourite track is 'Right in to the Bliss'- just try not to love it within the 3 seconds it takes for it to kick in- amazing...The extra 2 tracks on the re-issue are also very strong, making the £6.99 even more piddling for such a great piece of work.
You owe it to yourself to try this band. The only trouble is that when you tell people you are in to Katatonia, the next words you say every time are "That's Katatonia with a K!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 10 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
katatonias roots lie in bleak black metal,thats what they were like many moons ago and while their style has changed tenfold the sadness and coldness of the content of the lyrics has pretty much stayed the same,katatonia pretty much are in a genre of one these days,no one does their melodic doomy tunes like them,the songs are catchy and haunting and that is almost a contradiction in terms but thats katatonia,the vocals these days are clean but the passion is very much alive here,they dont play overly fast songs or indeed complex songs but they are great songs and emotions are poured throughout,is this the best katatonia album ,maybe ,give it a try
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My first Katatonia cd, and now a fan for life!!!! 11 Mar. 2005
By Tad D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked this album up about a year ago and loved it immediately. It is well done and has a great atmospheric sound throughout the entire cd. It has a gloomy, moody sound to it, which is great for an album because that is what any good album should do, create a mood while listening to it. I have since bought viva emptiness, and last fair deal gone down. I consider all the albums excellent and perfectly done. I still love this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great album 31 May 2009
By Halldor Freyr Sturluson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great album like any other Katatonia album, the second one with clean vocals wich i like better but the vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt were great and are great. great atmoshpere and very good and sad lyrics. maybe its a good comparision comparing them to The Cure if they went metal. but comparing them to Weezer like someone did here is just stupid. Katatonia have more talent in their little fingers then Weezer have, but still they are ok too.
but if you like great sad music buy this album and any other from Katatonia especialy the Great Cold Distance wich i think is there best album. and the Live Consternation album and dvd are great too
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"You could never sleep at night if you knew what I've been through." 13 Mar. 2006
By E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Above are some of the best lyrics Jonas has conjured. This album blew me away at the time I first heard it in '99 as great example of the Cure gone metal... it has since been eclipsed by the albums after it but is as essential as anything Katatonia has done from Brave Murder Day onwards. Really more of 4.5/5 but then again most their albums are. Also has Dan Swano on drums (Nightingale, Edge of Sanity, producer of Opeth's Morningrise and Orchid).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Guilt and regret 25 Mar. 2013
By Donald R. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'I'd like to try to live my life again
I'd like to see where I was going wrong'

Wow, where to begin? For starters, the above lyrics alone make 'Strained' my favorite song, and by proxy this one of my favorite albums and Katatonia one of my favorite bands (as well as for many other reasons).

Katatonia's been changing since their first demo, beginning as an amazing dark metal band, then changing to a droning doom/death metal band, and finally settling on a type of depressive metal/rock. The style of this album falls in the last category (as have all their albums since 'Discouraged Ones', or 'Saw You Drown', rather), and even though the loss of the epic guitars and desperate screams turned many people off Katatonia, I think they've remained amazingly genuine, not to mention depressing. Mood is one thing their music has never sacrificed.

The focus here tends to be on Jonas Renkse's remorseful and sometimes very bitter-sounding clean vocals (there are no harsh vocals) more than Anders Nyström's and Fredrik Norrman's guitar-work, in contrast to earlier works. He's certainly improved since 'Discouraged Ones', sounding now more confident yet more earnestly forlorn. He sounds (and writes) like he's been through hell, although it's hard to tell whether he's really writing from his own perspective or someone else's (as in a fictional character's). I've always loved Katatonia's lyrics (including those written by Anders and former bassist Guillaume Le Huche), and their consistently excellent vocal delivery (regardless of vocalist) always brings them out so well, and 'Tonight's Decision' is probably the best example of this. I'm not sure how Katatonia can pull off sounding so depressing without seeming whiny, but they do, and a lot of it's because Jonas is such a great vocalist.

Now, even though I said Anders and Fredrik aren't as 'present' here as they used to be, nevertheless they are crucial. It wouldn't be metal without guitars anyway, would it? They're decently heavy, very melodic, and sometimes very dissonant and unsettling. They have a talent for building up tension through strange clean-tone strains, then bringing it to climax when the distorted guitars kick in. They paint a picture of a dismal world, which, though it wouldn't be seen as such until a couple of albums later, could be called the City of Glass. Imagine a city where everything's worn-down, nobody's trustworthy, crime and evil are everywhere, and shattered dreams lie on the streets to be swept away by the rain. Wait, this could be reality. This album is like the road (or, perhaps, traintracks) to this city. It's very vivid imagery, and the guitars are sort of like the canvas on which Jonas paints his pictures of pain. Without their lugubrious melodies and sonicscapes (to steal a word from Sigh), this could not be. One thing I like is how Anders's leads, while usually rather simple, express so much feeling so lyrically. He's definitely one of modern metal's greatest yet most underrated guitarists.

Dan Swanö is the drummer here, and he does a solid job, although there isn't much to say about it. I do really like his performance in 'For My Demons', though. I think Daniel Liljekvist (to be introduced on the subsequent album) is technically better, but I personally miss Jonas's simple but effective playing on the first few albums. It suited Katatonia so well.

This is really a rather difficult album to describe, because so much of why I like it is so personal. It's not complex, although it obviously isn't easy to make music this powerful, or I should think more bands would be doing it. It's very melodic, not very heavy nor technical, but it contains some of the profoundest emotions of any music I've ever listened to. Of course, they're all negative: anxiety, bitterness, remorse, sorrow, even tired indifference. If all you like is thrash or power metal, this probably isn't for you. But if you don't mind slightly poppy 'depressive metal', and if you've ever had a day when you really just felt like calling it all quits, this might just become your favorite album. It's damn close to mine.

Oh, and Katatonia's cover of Jeff Buckley's 'Nightmares by the Sea' is even better than the original - and that's saying a lot.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't get the wrong idea... 9 Mar. 2005
By Sepulhead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to review this album because I don't want the only review to be a bad one. This is a very good album, it was my first katatonia album and I like it a lot. I don't know if it's true that this is nothing new or original, but that doesn't really matter. Considering that many of the people listening to katatonia are going to be metal fans, this is a lot different from what you will generally hear in metal. Also compared to Katatonia's early work this is quite different. It's possible that there are other bands out there that have this sound but do it better (I presume the other reviewer thinks so) but I don't know these bands so I can't say.

As for this album, it is very dark and beautiful sounding with a lot of memorable songs. Out of all of Katatonia's releases in this style (discouraged ones, tonight's decision, last fair deal gone down, viva emptiness) TD is probably the most laid back. They are all different and good. I would probably start with viva emptiness, then this, then LFDGD. It is hard to find discouraged ones but it doesn't really matter when you get that. This is a worthy addition to any fans collection, and not a bad place to start if you're new to katatonia. Unless, of course, you're looking to hear their old death metal stuff.
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