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JOURNEY THROUGH PRESSURE

WITH THEIR CAREER REACHING ITS 25TH YEAR AND A TENTH ALBUM TO BOOT, KATATONIA HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE. ON THE EVE OF DROPPING ‘THE FALL OF HEARTS’, ANDERS NYSTRÖM AND JONAS RENKSE REFLECT ON A FLOURISHING CAREER AND ARGUABLY THEIR MOST ACCOMPLISHED AND DIVERSE ALBUM TO DATE
Photos: Ester Segarra

“WE’VE BEEN ALWAYS ON THI S CONSTANT JOURNEY TRYING TO PERFECT AND SHAPE OUR SOUND”

The purists will always look at the 1970s (for proto-rock and metal) and the 1980s (for heavy metal itself) as the ultimate decades, but without wanting to get into any pointless, exhausting decade-wars, there is always something amazing and game-changing going on in every decade of music, even if it might not seem like that at the time (it rarely does!) or to any particular group of people. And there is something to be said about the magic of the oft-maligned 1990s. It is, to put it rather colourfully, the decade where metal came out of the basement and started to look around outside for the first time, where all the genres without proper set-in-stone names started to appear, where even established bands started to mix their sound with other new (and old!) sounds to create styles that never had comfortable words to describe them. It wasn’t just change and weirdness, either – it was a time when many a promising band really set their legacy in stone. Bands that are forever in our hearts like Anathema, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Opeth, Amorphis, The Gathering or Type O Negative, to pick just a random little bunch of the best and more widely known, have earned that place through their ’90s foundations. So have Katatonia, and even among such illustrious company, one would be hard pressed to find a peer that has built a more consistent, constantly forward-pushing career, and one that has managed that always fragile balance of not alienating anyone through drastic style changes, while also avoiding the dreaded making-the-same-album-twice pitfall.

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This month’s cover stars are 25 years old this year and have just released their tenth album, so for Katatonia it’s a double whammy. But with age comes clarity and knowledge and as you’ll have heard for yourselves, the band’s new release ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ is such a brilliant piece of melancholic metal. Perhaps not the most obvious of coverstars, it’s safe to say that Katatonia deserve the honour through consistently delivering awesome albums and going the distance when others have fallen by the wayside. I know you’ll enjoy José’s story as much as I did reading it for the first time. This issue is packed, as always, with a cross-section of brutality and extremity and was brought to you as certain staff members recover from two of the best festivals in the calendar – namely Roadburn and Ritual Festival. You can read about both in this ‘ere issue too.
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