Katatonia
Saw You Drown


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2008 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Those of you acquainted with Ulver are familiar with the term metamorphosis. An alteration occurred; not of emotion, but execution. And from this modulation came two things: the inevitable lashback of obstinate fans and, much more importantly, a relentless current charged with visions that became much more than just music. This is the development Katatonia undertook after Brave Murder Day, and with it came the deserting fans, as well as one thousand open windows. This is arguably their most important stepping stone, for without it they would not be around today.

Say goodbye to the harmonized-guitar-driven songs and death growls, what we have here is something much more straightforward. Anders had to start writing with more traditional structures in order to start this process to the next step, immediately evident with Nerve and Saw You Drown, which are also featured on the following LP, Discouraged Ones. These two songs, while standard in organization, still retain the signature dark tones the band had, and adding this to the radical sound shift borned an all new sound. They managed to make simple rock songs extremely bleak and thick, and I stress thick because of the guitar tone. When hearing Jonas’ free fall into harmonic vocals, it’s evident his vocals are immature, however they still fit well, for his tone sounds absolutely defeated.

The second two songs on the EP are black sheep; they sound nothing like what the band has done or will do. Quiet World follows two chord progressions throughout the song under mid-tempo with a dirty clean guitar. The atmosphere the song gives off shows the band venturing into the most depressing soundscapes they effortlessly muster. Scarlet Heavens, on the other hand, is 100% epic goth rock; eleven minutes of heavy delay, low vocals, up-tempo drums, chugging bass lines, and single note synths all due to a free day to mess around in Dan Swano’s studio.

Whether you like their new sound or not, you can admire Katatonia for their consistency. Even for one of their adolescent records, they proved they are able to brush off their shoulders to try something completely new with above average results. As per usual, this isn’t for anyone who dislikes the merciless sorrow the band expresses, yet is an interesting product that Katatonia fans should look into if at all interested with the chronology of their evolution, or even just the second pair of exclusive songs. However, there is only one thing this band wants you to remember…

“I sold my song, my mouth was sown
It’s coming undone, and that’s why I sold out”




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BallsToTheWall
November 22nd 2008


49487 Comments


Nice work. I think we should fom a joint-operation to close out the Katatonia catalouge.

Digging: August Burns Red - Found in Far Away Places

fireaboveicebelow
November 22nd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

works for me, this is only my first review for them



btw am I getting better yet hahaThis Message Edited On 11.22.08

rasputin
November 22nd 2008


14968 Comments


Sweet.

Fugue
November 22nd 2008


7371 Comments


nice review dude pos'd

bastard
November 22nd 2008


3432 Comments


good work soldier.

Wizard
November 23rd 2008


20209 Comments


It's funny how we both wrote reviews today that deal with transistions in sound from one album to another hahaha. Great work. You've been on a role lately.

I need to go into Katatonia's back catalogue and check out some of their earlier stuff. The Great Cold Distance is immense.

fireaboveicebelow
November 23rd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude! yeah you should definantly check out the rest of the discography, let me know what you think

Zippermouth
November 23rd 2008


1305 Comments


Lol, being a Slipknot freak, when I saw the name Anders I was like: "Anders Colsefini??? Is he still around?" It's a different singer though...
Great review.

Wizard
November 23rd 2008


20209 Comments


The next album I'm buying is your avatar fireaboveicebelow.

fireaboveicebelow
November 23rd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay enjoy, it's a pretty strange album first listen if you ask me

DoctorDoom
July 14th 2015


2987 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still the weakest in their discography for me. This EP rules though.

DoctorDoom
September 22nd 2015


2987 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This era of the band was beyond words incredible.

Sabrutin
January 17th 2016


5966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Scarlet Heavens needs more attention.



That song is gothic rock perfection and by far one of their best songs imo.



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