Katatonia – City Burials
"City Burials" encompasses that eloquent and distinct celestial quality that has been staple to KATATONIA's essence for years. The melodies remain jaw-droppingly evocative, and yet KATATONIA doesn't ever seem likely to be able to rid themselves of that heavy element that is bound to their bones. The album is a winner because it is quintessentially KATATONIA. The band was formed by vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström in 1991 who have together guided the band's course. Here, on "City Burials", Renkse ended up writing the majority of the album. But while the release sounds in line with the essence of the act's core duo, it sounds like it's truly the product of a full band because it relies upon the full membership's talents, including bassist Niklas Sandin, drummer Daniel Moilanen and second guitarist Roger Öjersson.