Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — August 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

Katatonia – Buildings


Artist Name: Katatonia
Title Name: Buildings
Label: Peaceville
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

The Swedish masters of dark and progressive heavy music have been given a tough assignment: top up their acclaimed 2009 album Night is the New Day. Very well, the results of such mission will soon be known, with the release of their new album Dead End Kings, fresh out of the amazing Scandinavian oven of music, which produced so many masterpieces over the past 20 years.
‘Buildings’ is the first song and single to come out of that album, and boy, what a way to introduce an album! If this is an honest glimpse into what seems to be a colourful and inspired collection of beautiful melodies and textures, then we can say mission accomplished. Full of hooks, soothing beautiful vocal lines, heavy riffs mixed with melancholic keyboard layers and guitar melodies, this snippet of what seems to be another gothic metal masterpiece is a musical trip through beautiful landscapes, to say the least.
One can just imagine what the whole album will sound like. Produced by founding members Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse, mixed by David Castillo of Katatonia, Opeth and Bloodbath fame, and marking the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson, it is set for release on August 27th around the world.
Thanks to the magnificent piece of music presented here, expectations are set at a very high plateau!





 Katatonia – Dead Letters (from Dead End Kings)