Katatonia has rightfully earned a place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people. Perhaps the thing that regularly excites me the most about this band is their ability to maintain their classic vaguely doomy, wonderfully dark sound whilst simultaneously injecting it with all sorts of new elements. While Katatonia have always been proggy, this latest release expands upon what we've seen them execute in the past and have also managed to elevate the dialog around the sheer power of their songwriting.
The things that define the Katatonia aesthetic are also what make Katatonia great and the band emphasizes all of that hear - the epic majesty of the music, the angular guitar parts, and the driving sense of internal pain that keeps this whole machine trucking on. I'd like to call special note to the guitar solos on this record which are ll brilliantly composed - the lead lines are a highlight Katatonia have obviously always been very much a 'guitar' band without ever getting truly masturbatory - I feel like this record takes those old ideas and brings them full circle, embracing what the band was always meant to be about.
The Fall Of Hearts is a beautiful album, one that benefits from top notch production and perfect mixing and mastering. It's an album that you can listen to just because it sounds so goddamn good. Katatonia though manage to use this as a mere touchstone and build off of that to create a listen experience that is quite frankly, all inclusive and which will capture the burning magic of a band who seem to be driven by destiny. So dive into their aural ecstasy, and realize that someday, somehow, it gets better.
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