Katatonia have achieved legendary status in the realm of Swedish metal, with an evolution not dissimilar to English counterparts Anathema and Paradise Lost. One element that has remained intact throughout their various transformations is their masterful use of atmosphere, even if the compositional component has been largely streamlined by now. "The Fall of Hearts" is thankfully a largely adventurous offering, moreso than anything the band has recorded in many years. This latest by the morose quintet features plenty of surprising songwriting choices, including some of the their most bold musical explorations in quite some time…
Katatonia's eighth album is perhaps the most well-rounded, multi-dimensional work of their career so far. In addition to the heaviness, depth and atmosphere of their previous several albums, they also incorporate moments of prog rock, doom and folk. With the band's trademark haunting guitar tones and despairing vocals leading the way, 'Night is the New Day' is truly one of the greatest metal events of 2009.
The Fall of Hearts is the tenth studio album by Swedish metal band Katatonia. It was released on May 20, 2016. The album, mostly written and produced by founding members Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, was the first to also feature new members Daniel Moilanen and Roger Öjersson. The album moved in a more progressive rock direction than prior albums, and was generally well received by critics.
In September 2013 Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.
Released on the Peaceville label in August 2012, Katatonia's home for the past 14 years, Dead End Kings was the band's most successful album to date and cemented Katatonia's position as masters of a unique kind of hard-edged atmospheric Rock. In September 2013, the band unexpectedly return with Dethroned And Uncrowned, a radical reinterpretation of Dead End Kings and the band's first release on Kscope, Peaceville's sister label.