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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B002NXX8EC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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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)

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The first time I listened a few tracks of this album I inmediately decided to buy it. This is the kind of music that touches the heart, like music by Anathema. Do not expect growling vocals or extreem virtuosism but well composed tracks led by an amazing singer. Some reviewers state that this album is not as good as their previous releases. I admit I have not listened to previous releases by Katatonia but I don't need it to judge this album is great. Now, I will listen to previous albums but I doubt that they are much better that this one.
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If there's one band that's had loads of promise ( not to mention goodwill from their fans ), but never quite fulfilled, it's Katatonia.
I have every album since 'Discouraged Ones', and as that title suggests, it's very easy to be put off by Katatonia: Terrible sixthform-metal name, Death Metal origins, awful image. And the previous albums haven't helped either: After a stupendous couple of opening tracks, always failing to hold the attention later on. The dirgy nature of their songs, and lack of different tempos probably contributed to my listener-fatigue. ( Hey, I'm A FAN so I feel I can be a bit critical, because the potential for greatness was always there ).
However, with the previous album, 'The Great Cold Distance' the songwriting and production quality took a marked leap forward. In fact, the entire first half of that album verged on 'classic', and the second half, being also pretty excellent, almost didn't get a look-in due to the immensity of those first tracks.
Finally, with 'Night Is The New Day', they have done it. Greatness all the way through. Varied songs, crushing riffs, beautiful melodies, aching melancholia.
Amazingly, I had to double-check the album credits for any sign of Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth, as this could actually BE Opeth, minus the death metal vocals, which I'm pretty sure a lot of people would be very happy to hear about. Several tracks are reminiscent of Opeth's landmarks and the atmosphere, playing, vocals and even some of the fills could be from 'Damnation' ( imagine an electric version of that acoustic classic - that's what some of this sounds like! ), plus bits of 'Ghost Reveries'. But no, despite being singer Jonas's former flatmate, Michael is only mentioned in the 'thanks' list.
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Yet another brilliant album by Katatonia with the extra tracks bringing an interesting twist to two of the best songs on this album.
I think this album has a noticeably darker and more emotional tone to the last few albums and although it is still very good, it doesn't beat he Great Cold Distance (which is essential if you've not got)
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This was the first Katatonia album I didn't buy when it came out. I regret that now. It's a great record but takes a few listens to really enjoy some of it's subtleties. Some amazing riffage and textures. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Even after just a few listens this album is nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful, sad and dark melodic textures. Heavy and crushing one moment, light and etheral the other. Jonas Renskes vocals and lyrics hit another high point while the rest of the band sounds as tight and focused as never before.

"The Great Cold Distance" was a masterpiece but Katatonia one-upped themselves with this one.
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Heard this on Spotify and thought I like it enough to buy it, as I'm a big Prog Rock fan... heavy then melodic and transient... very skillfully realized... a great place to begin my journey as an emerging Katatonia fan
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An absolute killer of an album from start to finish. you can literally listen to this album on repeat, pure genius.
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`Night Is The New Day' was an unforeseen surprise for many reasons. Listening to the introduction to `Forsaker', I always feel that the opening and main riff for the entire song, which sees the band use a fair amount of stuttering repetition, is very metallic. This record signifies to me that Katatonia have totally lost their metal edge and definitely remember their roots going back to the old doom laden days and darker atmospheric tendencies on `Discouraged Ones'. Having just seen Katatonia live last month in London, I have developed more of an appreciation for this record, as it took me some time to get used to the idea that they were going to be somewhat metallic in approach, alternative and perhaps slightly avant-gardé. According to most people who have managed to catch the Swedes live more than once, they normally take a few songs to get going and are quite slow to draw a positive response from the crowd, despite the wealth of experience on the shoulders of the musicians but, having witnessed them in London recently, most people at the gig, if not all, would agree that the line-up changes which have recently sent shockwaves through the band and their fans have had a positive affect on their performances in a live setting.

Although Per Eriksson and Niklas Sandin are only session members, performing on tour with the band, there is a feeling that Katatonia were in desperate need of a change. Although we're used to hearing a change in sound, from one record to another, the band seemingly required a line-up change to give them the boost they needed to perform well in front of an avid audience who were lapping up everything the band had to offer, particularly the performance of `Omerta', which saw the jubilant crowd sing along to the upbeat lyrics.
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