Katatonia - Discouraged Ones album
Discouraged Ones (CD, Album, Pro). Discouraged Ones (Cass, Album).
The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight's Decision (1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000's. The band released four more albums with said lineup - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003), The Great Cold Distance (2006), and Night Is the New Day (2009), with the band slowly moving away from their metal sound while adding more progressive rock sounds to their work over time. After touring in support of the album, the trio recorded another EP, For Funerals to Come, which was released in early 1995. However, Le Huche left the band shortly after, and issues finding a replacement found the band break up for a year, while Renkse and Nystrom worked separately on their own projects. Of note, Renkse started up a new band
Discouraged Ones" rocks quite a bit more, "I Break" being a solidly rocking opener. It takes a few tracks for the now familiar hard/mellow blend to kick in, and in a more slightly refined way. Jonas Renske sings clean, but his whispering vocals were not really developed, his sound a bit lower and maybe influenced by some Euro-pop depressive singers like Ian Curtis, or Depeche Mode. As the album progresses, so does the transition. More melodic breaks appear, and by the last couple songs, Katatonia has left strong clues where they would head in the future.
In 1998, Katatonia released Discouraged Ones, an album that saw them step away from more traditional doom-laden atmospheres into an increasingly distinctive sonic world. Most of our evolution has occurred naturally, explains Renkse. We started as Paradise Lost fanboys, but now I think we have a different sound, something we have crafted over the years. With every new album we try to push the boundaries of songwriting and expand the concept of Katatonia without abandoning our foundation and roots. As the 21st century has progressed, Katatonia have become one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the modern heavy music firmament.
Released April 27, 1998. Discouraged Ones Tracklist.
An excellent release that will surely be cherished for quite awhile. Certaintly this is a big sonic wall, and not to be taken lightley, for much of the album has this tone, albeit the clean tones. However, the main part of the guitar takes a backseat when a melody comes in from an accompaning guitar or the keyboards. Speaking of which, melodies are abundant, one appearing in almost every work, and have an infinite amount of beauty established within, and most make the song so wonderful, both on the guitar and keyboard parts.
|B4||Saw You Drown|
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|AV029P||Katatonia||Discouraged Ones (CD, Album, Pro)||Avantgarde Music||AV029P||Italy||1998|
|none||Katatonia||Discouraged Ones (Cass, Album, Unofficial)||Moon Records||none||Ukraine||1998|
|ICARUS 253||Katatonia||Discouraged Ones (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Icarus Music||ICARUS 253||Argentina||2007|
|143||Katatonia||Discouraged Ones (Cass, Album)||Mystic Production||143||Poland||Unknown|