Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts

8.2 | 366 votes |
Release date: 20 May 2016
Style: Alternative rock, Gothic doom metal


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01. Takeover
02. Serein
03. Old Heart Falls
04. Decima
05. Sanction
06. Residual
07. Serac
08. Last Song Before The Fade
09. Shifts
10. The Night Subscriber
11. Pale Flag
12. Passer
13. Vakaren [CD/DVD and deluxe edition bonus]
14. Sistere [LP and deluxe edition bonus]
15. Wide Awake In Quietus [digital and deluxe edition bonus]
16. Night Comes Down [Japanese edition bonus]

Jonas Renkse - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
Anders Nyström - guitars, backing vocals, keyboards
Niklas Sandin - bass
Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen - drums

Session musicians
JP Asplund - percussion
Roger Öjersson - solo guitar
Joakim Karlsson - additional sounds, programming

Additional info
Recorded at Studio Gröndahl, Tri-Lamb Studios and The City of Glass, November 2015 - January 2016.
Produced by Nyström/Renkse.
Engineered by Karl Daniel Lidén.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, January - February 2016.
Track #13 mixed by Karl Daniel Lidén at Tri-Lamb Studios.
5.1 surround sound mixed by Bruce Soord at Soord Studios.
DVD by Ray Shulman for Isonic.

All songs written and arranged by Katatonia.

Art direction by Nyström/Renkse.
Artwork, design and photography by Travis Smith for Seempiecces.
Bird photography by Laura Meyers.
Band photography by Ester Segarra.

Guest review by
If you love Jonas Renske's voice and the softer Katatonia material that never seems to make it on an official LP ("Unfurl", "Sold Heart", "Second", etc...) then this may be your favorite Katatonia album ever. The Fall Of Hearts unfolds like a fairy tale, slowly and carefully, with many unexpected twists to surprise those who hang in there for the entire journey. In an era of instant gratification The Fall Of Hearts is an enigma; it demands a lot of time for small rewards and whether those rewards are worth it will be entirely determined by the person listening.

published 18.08.2016 | Comments (2)

Guest review by
Another amazing, depressive, Swedish band returns after four years with a new album entitled The Fall Of Hearts, a name which automatically guides the mind to a repeat of the last album, Dead End Kings, and a continuation of Katatonia's way after Brave Murder Day. Brave Murder Day is one of the best classic doom/death metal albums of all time, and I believe the band was playing every song under The Rain Without End! But after this album, Katatonia's style changed little by little, and that harsh vocal sound, furious like a demon's frustration, has now changed to a beautiful, yet doleful butterfly; it seems like that was the final goal from the beginning. Undoubtedly, four years was enough time for the band to release a new challenge for their fans' ears.

published 25.07.2016 | Comments (2)

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02.09.2016 - 03:19
Rating: 8
I admit I listened to this expecting something generic and boring, like their last several. I loved Last Fair Deal and Viva Emptiness, but then Night Is The New Day was only "good" and didn't entice further listens; I didn't even hear their latest one. Perhaps because of that I missed some evolution? I was completely surprised with what they did here. Anyone who says this is the same old Katatonia sound is either deaf or maybe finds all of their post-90s melodic incarnation to sound the same. Who knows

This is a welcome change and a beautiful exploration of a new direction! I'm not even done with the first spin and am already in love. It gives me a similar feeling to when I first heard Viva Emptiness. I can't wait to get to know this music better.
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
24.10.2016 - 17:07
Well I expected something generic and boring and received just that!
I'm derp.
29.11.2016 - 17:35
Rating: 5
Quite a dull and uninspired album. The band is unable to forge something fresh and original out of all these Post-Rock & Shoegaze influences and the decline that has set in after Viva Emptiness continues.

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