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Viva Emptiness Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000069HGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,764,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Minchin VINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
EDIT: This review is for the original edition, released back in 2006, NOT the remastered version which dropped through my letterbox this morning and which I'll be reviewing shortly.

This album is a masterpiece. Straight up, no questions, there it is. It's that good. I've been a fan of Katatonia since Discouraged Ones, but this rules them all. But before this review gets lost in a grey rain-cloud of superlatives, perhaps I better explain why.

For me, Katatonia have always been about the feeling of isolation and separation you get from being alone in a decaying urban wasteland, surrounded by people but with no one actually there. The feeling of wondering through deserted streets at 3 in the morning, over cracked pavements and past graffiti strewn walls, with no direction or purpose. Every album they've done has conveyed this feeling more effectively than the last, but the music has always had something about it that connected.

With Viva Emptiness, it doesn't so much connect, as plug directly into your spinal column and overload your nervous system with a perfectly constructed soundscape to your disenchantment. But, it does so in a way that is both beautiful and uplifting.

"Stop with the metaphors and tell us what it sounds like" I hear you cry... Well, it's heavy. The dissonant guitars are still present, but Katatonia have experimented with texture more effectively than on LFDGD, and there is a lot more in the way of melody here (albeit in the same way as LFDGD). There are a few electronic augmentations here and there, but for those recoiling in horror at this notion, it's mostly background and adds amazingly to the overall sound. No synthy bleeps here, just some really effective use of loops and modern production techniques.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Redpath on 9 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having received a three track promo for this album several weeks in advance - it's three tracks "Ghost Of The Sun", "Criminals" and "Evidence" so stunning and more than whetting my appetite - I was one happy guy when the full promo finally landed on the door mat.
"Ghost Of The Sun", the opening track of both the three-track promo and full album, instantly draws you in with it's heavy guitar tone, full bass and solid, chunky riffing. Well-crafted melodies carry the song along to it's final conclusion, getting stuck in your head after only a few listens, such is the infectious nature of the delicately delivered vocals. Jonas Renske's vocals are indeed a highlight of Katatonia's emotive, dark and often-gloomy music, and this album is certainly no exception.
The first of many album highlights, "Criminals" is a moving testament to the band's incredible song-writing talent. The same highlight extends throughout the album, from the bleak keyboard-dominated verses of "Evidence" and the refrained, almost lullaby-feel of "A Premonition" through to the haunting, desolate piano of "One Year from Now" and the claustrophobic nature of "Will I Arrive". Katatonia have created an album with such emotional impact that it is hard not to be drawn into it. It is an album you'll want to listen to from beginning to end, not because it's written that way, but because it is just so captivating that you will not want to turn it off.
The album's production is exemplary, complimenting the overall quality of the material with warm, clear clean guitar work that lends itself to the often reflective nature of the album's frequent quieter passages, as well as the heavier, crushing guitar tone, which makes parts of this album heavier than much of the band's recent work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Transcendence on 28 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Katatonia are one band that has impressed me to no ends since their music moved away from their traditional death metal roots to follow a more accessible and melodic sound. When I write reviews, I normally don't have a problem categorizing the music as generally it's rather straight forward case as most metal bands have a distinctive sound that we can pigeon hole them into.

However, with Katatonia I have absolutely no idea as to what side of the fence their music falls upon, perhaps Avant-garde metal, perhaps progressive metal, maybe heavy metal, who knows? The Oxford dictionary defines the term Avant-garde as, `The pioneers or innovators in any art in a particular period'.

That sums Katatonia up to a tee as they are certainly are the purveyors of this sound, so Avant-garde metal just might be the right genre to class them into. Anyway, despite that issue, one thing is for sure these guys have earned the respect they so appropriately deserve.

The music and lyrics are based around feelings of melancholy and despair; however, this music should not be listened to when the depression tablets are running dangerously low! The music is rather disheartening, perhaps gloomy, but this is the absolute beauty of what Katatonia are all about by creating such a melancholy sound into aural magic.

Jonas Renske is the vocalist and he displays a very unique mid tone voice, using a lot emotion in his singing to get the sombre message across. Guitarist's Fred Norrman and Anders Nyström play from the heart with some heavy, yet sometimes subtle guitar pieces with awe-inspiring sound effects, however it is a pity as there are no guitar solos on offer here like past albums.
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