Katatonia
Teargas EP


3.0
good

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


There are some bands whose record label uses EP’s just to get the tracks they didn’t care for in stores to make money. Then there are bands who have the choice to release their B-sides because for whatever reason they didn’t make the full length release but would still like to get the tracks out there for their fans. After the release of Last Fair Deal Gone Down, an alternative record that has no right to be as good as it is, two singles were put out, meaning two EP’s would follow.

In an interview with Anders Nystrom he said this time around it was very hard to pick which songs to cut from the record, and they ended taking out his favorite song, Sulfur. It’s the longest song he’s written since they changed their sound, clocking in at six and a half minutes. The track crescendos with acoustics for the first couple minutes, then explodes to a signature melancholy jam, returning to softer tones for the verses, and so on. It was smart to keep it off the album because it would stand out way too much, but just makes the EP all the more exclusive.

March 4 is a pretty dark and heavy song in comparison and with Daniel Liljekvist’s passion for smashing the crap out of his cymbals it makes the song that much more of a punch. The way he arranges his accents throughout the track and continuously evolves the drum beats to be more and more intricate is the reason this is a standout track, and a big help in making Jonas’ vocals more intense.

With Teargas being a live fan favorite, the B-sides on the EP are sure to find their way into the live set. Yet, it is now hard to find a hard copy, but Katatonia released the two extra tracks on their second compilation, The Black Sessions, plus that comes with a live DVD with fifteen songs, so it’s definitely worth it if you’re a fan of the band, or especially if you want a way to start getting into the band. The Teargas EP is nothing more than a lollipop to chew on until the next album, so make it last…until the second EP…(cliffhanger)



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fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no I don't know what the cover is

bastard
December 23rd 2008


3432 Comments


its a girls face.

nice short review.

fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I got the other one waiting to be unleashed

how do you know it's a girl?

DeathThrashProg
December 23rd 2008


498 Comments


The 2 extra tracks came on my version of Last Fair Deal Gone Down, so this EP is a bit unnecessary for me, but good job reviewing it, everyone should hear Sulfur.
You're belting out Katatonia reviews these days, are you not stopping until the entire discography is done?

fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah that's the goal for the year, but I'm not doing Black Sessions cuz it would be redundantThis Message Edited On 12.23.08

Athom
Emeritus
December 23rd 2008


17240 Comments


the reviewing spree continues...
great work.

Ominous Inane
December 24th 2008


188 Comments


Reviewing a three song EP just for another review, how shameful.

DeathThrashProg
December 24th 2008


498 Comments


Reviewing a three song EP just for another review, how shameful.

Or just good practice.

fireaboveicebelow
December 24th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol you try writing a full review for 3 songs

Oathbreaker
March 5th 2011


1648 Comments


March 4 is the best thing I've heard from Katatonia.

YUJOS
May 14th 2011


1013 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sulfur is one of the best songs on EP's i've ever heard

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DeathByAstonishment
September 1st 2012


269 Comments


I feel like 13 minutes just isn't enough time for a band like this to destroy you with emotion.

Crysis
Emeritus
November 28th 2014


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a killer EP, all the tracks are brilliant

Crysis
Emeritus
October 21st 2015


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump "sulfur" is so good



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