Dead Air Katatonia
- 1Lethean (Dead Air Session)06:00
- 2Teargas (Dead Air Session)03:17
- 3Serein (Dead Air Session)04:47
- 4Deliberation (Dead Air Session)03:57
- 5The Winter of Our Passing (Dead Air Session)03:09
- 6Ghost of the Sun (Dead Air Session)04:07
- 7The Racing Heart (Dead Air Session)04:26
- 8Soil's Song (Dead Air Session)04:07
- 9Old Heart Falls (Dead Air Session)04:25
- 10Forsaker (Dead Air Session)04:10
- 11Tonight's Music (Dead Air Session)04:22
- 12In the White (Dead Air Session)04:57
- 13Leaders (Dead Air Session)04:17
- 14Lacquer (Dead Air Session)04:51
- 15Omerta (Dead Air Session)03:09
- 16My Twin (Dead Air Session)03:38
- 17Unfurl (Dead Air Session)04:52
- 18July (Dead Air Session)04:48
- 19Evidence (Dead Air Session)05:29
- 20Behind the Blood (Dead Air Session)05:06
Info for Dead Air
Formed in 1991 by Jonas Renkse & Anders Nyström, and transitioning from early pioneers of the rising black / death / doom movement, to powerhouses of the progressive metallic rock genre, 2020 saw Katatonia present their eleventh studio opus, the poignant »City Burials«, to unanimous acclaim. And so now, following closely in its footsteps, the Swedish dark rock masters present »Dead Air« to further immortalise the strangest of times.
With a somewhat unforeseen global event transpiring this year which resulted in touring being made all but impossible for artists internationally, Katatonia conducted a more intimate »lockdown« show which was streamed live from Studio Grondahl, Stockholm on May 9th. »Dead Air« offers fans a full 88-minute set containing 20 tracks from the band’s extensive and illustrious repertoire to date, with inclusions spanning two decades of dark progressive greatness, and essentially also debuting three of the »City Burials« album tracks in a live setting.
Due to an overwhelming demand, we are proud to confirm that our lockdown livestream from Gröndahl earlier this year will now see a physical release where you can re-experience the #20 most wanted songs exclusively voted by our fans from all around the world. This very special evening of May 9th will forever serve us as a memory of something equally weird as fantastic, so it feels essential to make it available as something you can touch and own forever” (Anders Nyström)
The recording, mixing & engineering work was orchestrated by David Castillo, notable for his extensive body of work with Katatonia to date, and the performance itself was professionally filmed by Blackbox Video.
This edition of »Dead Air« is presented on double gatefold vinyl format, with artwork from returning, long-running collaborator, Travis Smith.
The passing of time brings longer shadows and darker thoughts to the human mind. Melancholy’s cry is never far from our ears, even in the happiest of times. But while there is no true answer to the meaning of our brief lives, music will always be a reliable and trustworthy companion through fear and uncertainty. Perhaps more than any other contemporary band, Katatonia have long displayed a masterful propensity for expressing the tears and torments of mortality, offering sumptuous glimmers of sonic hope to soothe our troubled souls. In 2016, Stockholm’s widely celebrated soldiers of sorrow will once again stir the blood and embolden our hearts with a brand new album that promises to further cement their already unassailable reputation.
The band’s story began in earnest 25 years ago when Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström first joined forces to explore the limitless possibilities of the then burgeoning doom and death metal scenes. Bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride were standard bearers for British melancholy, but Peaceville label mates Katatonia swiftly established themselves as Sweden’s idiosyncratic equivalent, releasing their debut album Dance Of December Souls at the end of 1993 and receiving immediate acclaim within the metal underground. With a sound that was both familiar and startlingly fresh, Katatonia’s early works exhibited plenty of the elegance and subtlety that would later typify the band’s work: 1996’s Brave Murder Day (featuring harsh vocals by Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt) proved a major milestone, eliciting rave reviews and taking its creators away from the doom mainstream and into unique, uncharted territory. 1998’s Discouraged Ones reaffirmed the Swedes’ blossoming mastery of dark metallic wonder; their steadily increasing fascination with the vivid hues of progressive rock and other non-metal elements enabling their sound to evolve exponentially with each successive creative splurge. The impact of Tonight’s Decision (1999) and Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001) was equally undeniable. These were records that brimmed with ingenuity, melodic intuition and moments of emotionally devastating dynamism: the sound of Katatonia’s metal roots being allowed to assimilate a richer, more diverse array of influences and textures. …
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