Everybody’s favorite group of sad bois are back with City Burials dropping April 24 through Peaceville.
Folks familiar with the group will recognize their signature melodic, gloomy sound with a light swirling of progressive experimentation and electronic textures. Folks very familiar with the group will recognize this hallmark, gloomy, melodic sound is a pretty big departure from their foundations as a death/doom outfit. Just between you and me, though, I much prefer the melodic gloom.
The opening track, “Heart Set to Divide,” features all the things I really enjoy about Katatonia’s style—supremely mopey lyrics, a good sense of melody, strong command of texture, and a real sense of mourning. The quiet, sparse grief of “Lacquer” also makes it one of the top tracks for me.
“City Glaciers” is also a favorite of mine, with a little more of a driving mood behind it that lasts through the whole track without growing stale.
City Burials definitely sees Katatonia move more over to a prog/depressive rock style, so metal elitists will probably snub their nose at this, but who cares about them? This album marks Katatonia hitting a milestone as mature musicians who are clearly making well-crafted music that is authentic to them. It’s not that they couldn’t craft death-doom metal that also felt mature and authentic, but City Burials clearly shows that the band have moved on from that sound, and progressive, gloomy rock is their new forte. Absolutely buy this record. Highly recommended.