• katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down (180g vinyl double LP, £19.50)

    label: peaceville

    Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Renkse. Their debut album was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lot & My Dying Bride as one of the genre’s defining bands. On future albums a more immediate and focused Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with third album ‘Discouraged Ones’ - the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia - with recent albums integrating more progressive elements. Originally released in 2001, ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ saw Katatonia ambitiously expanding their sound to create one of the most celebrated albums of the band’s career. Containing 11 highly emotional and socially aware pieces, including the singles ‘Teargas’ and ‘Tonight’s Music’, the album is a superb example of Katatonia’s unique brand of Gothic-tinged Metal. Following on from previous album ‘Tonight’s Decision’, the album displayed a new-found maturity and accessibility only hinted at on their previous albums. The mournful vocals of Jonas are, as ever, ably backed by the inventive guitar work of Anders to create a potent and absorbing atmosphere. Presented on double vinyl in gatefold sleeve and includes 3 bonus tracks taken from the ‘Teargas’ and ‘Tonight’s Music’ singles. Katatonia is set to return in 2016 with their highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed ‘Dead End Kings’. Tracks: Dispossession / Chrome / We Must Bury You / Teargas / I Transpire / Tonight’s Music / Clean Today / The Future Of Speech / Passing Bird / Sweet Nurse / Don’t Tell A Soul / Sulfur ( Bonus Track ) / March 4 ( Bonus Track ) / Help Me Disappear ( Bonus Track )

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