MORGAN’S SONG OF THE WEEK [WEEK 1] KATATONIA DAY
Above all things, I am a lover of music. Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by music, it’s innumerable incarnations and the global language that it speaks. I am creating a weekly blog post that will shine a tiny bit of light on some of my favourite bands and songs by them.
Morgan’s Song of the Week for January 30th is Day, by Katatonia.
I remember hearing Katatonia for the first time on a metal sampler CD from some magazine I can’t remember the name of. At the time, I was very into folk metal and black metal. I was listening to a lot of bands like Windir, Moonsorrow, among others. So my first impression of Katatonia was more dismissive than it should have been. I think I’ll chalk it up to the fact that there is so much metal coming out all the time; I did not give Katatonia the time they deserve.
Fast forward a couple of years. I was in a used CD store when I was out travelling when I came across a used copy of Brave Murder Day (1996). The cover art immediately grabbed me, and I noticed the more death metal looking logo of theirs. It was definitely an impulse buy, but I am so grateful that I bought it, as it became one of my favourite albums. I am going with the song Day as my first Song of the Week.
KATATONIA BIO: Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a studio-only project for the duo, as an outlet for the band’s love of death metal. Increasing popularity lead them to add more band members for live performances, though outside of the band’s founders, the lineup was constantly changing, revolving door of musicians throughout the 1990s, notably including Mikael Åkerfeldt of the band Opeth for a period. After two death/doom albums, Dance of December Souls (1993) and Brave Murder Day (1996), problems with Renkse’s vocal cords coupled with new musical influences lead the band away from the screamed vocals of death metal to a more traditional, melodic form of heavy metal music. The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight’s Decision (1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000’s. The band released four more albums with said lineup – Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003), The Great Cold Distance (2006), and Night Is the New Day (2009), with the band slowly moving away from their metal sound while adding more progressive rock sounds to their work over time. While lineup changes started up again into the 2010s, Renkse and Nyström persisted, and the band continued on to release their ninth and tenth studio albums, Dead End Kings (2012) and The Fall of Hearts (2016). After touring in support of the album through 2017, the band entered a hiatus at the beginning of 2018.
Jonas Renkse – Vocals
Anders Nyström – Guitar
Roger Öjersson – Guitar
Niklas Sandin – Bass
Daniel Moilanen – Drums
Thank you for checking out Morgan’s Song of the Week! Next Tuesday I will be back with another killer tune!
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