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TONIGHT'S DECISION

Katatonia

Progressive Metal


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3.37 | 45 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. For My Demons (5:43)
2. I Am Nothing (4:37)
3. In Death, a Song (4:51)
4. Had To (Leave) (6:03)
5. This Punishment (2:46)
6. Right Into the Bliss (5:04)
7. No Good Can Come of This (4:24)
8. Strained (4:14)
9. A Darkness Coming (5:02)
10. Nightmares by the Sea (4:16)
11. Black Session (9:14)

Total Time: 56:19

Bonus tracks on 2000 & 2007 reissues:
12. No Devotion (4:49)
13. Fractured (5:52)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonas Renkse / lead & backing vocals
- Anders "Blackheim" Nyström / guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Fredrik Norrman / guitar, bass

With:
- Dan Swanö / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Travis Smith

CD Peaceville ‎- CDVILE 76 (1999, UK)
CD Peaceville ‎- CDVILEM 76 (2000, UK) With 2 bonus tracks

2xLP Peaceville ‎- VILELP 76 (2007, UK) With 2 bonus tracks

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KATATONIA Tonight's Decision ratings distribution


3.37
(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

KATATONIA Tonight's Decision reviews


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Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars After making some seriously big changes on their previous album "Discouraged Ones" the band is back for album number four. Released in 1999 we get about 56 minutes of music. This one is my least favourite KATATONIA album along with the debut for very different reasons. "Tonight's Decision" is surprisingly polished and commercial sounding in my opinion. I never thought I'd say that after what they gave us on the three previous records although certainly "Discouraged Ones" put them in this direction. Jonas sounds like Robert from THE CURE at times here which isn't a bad thing. He's also off the drum kit here as Dan Swano has taken that role on as a guest here.

While this is my least favourite KATATONIA album I must say it's my favourite cover art. Travis Smith was brought in to do this and man he came up with a classic. Travis is my favourite cover artist by the way, I just love his style. My top three tracks are "For My Demons", "Right Into The Bliss" and "Black Session" with honourable mentions to "Strained" and "A Darkness Coming". Songs that really annoy me as being too commercial sounding are "I Am Nothing" and "In Death, A Song". They also cover Jeff Buckley's "Nightmares By The Sea". So 3 stars for this one as there's too much here that rubs me the wrong way despite the fact that there's some really excellent songs on here.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Tonight´s Decision" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish alternative/doom/progressive metal act Katatonia. The album was released through Peaceville Records in August 1999. It´s the successor to "Discouraged Ones" from 1998 and there´s been a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Bassist Micke Oretoft has left (after a short stint with the band) and hasn´t been replaced, so guitarist Fredrik Norrman handles the bass on the album in addition to playing guitar. Lead vocalist Jonas Renkse has decided to solely focus on singing and therefore the drums are played by session musician Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath...etc.).

Stylistically the material on "Tonight´s Decision" continue the sad/melancholic and heavy doom laden metal style of "Discouraged Ones (1998)", although an alternative rock edge has sneaked in. The album opens with the extremely depressive "For My Demons", with Renkse, singing out his soul on the chorus, with the lyric line: "You would never sleep at night, if you knew what I've been through". The man literally sounds like he is crying while he is singing and his vocal delivery is pretty surely an aquired taste. Some will find it weak and pathetic, while others will fully embrace the deeply emotional and melancholic performance. I´ve heard both opinions expressed. Personally I respect Renkse and his voice and singing style, but on this particular album he sometimes takes his approach a bit too far towards the pathetic.

"Tonight´s Decision" is otherwise a good quality release by Katatonia, featuring high level musicianship, a well sounding production, and decent songwriting. The latter could have been much more memorable though, and there are generally a few too many tracks on the album, which don´t stand out much. Highlights include "For My Demons", "Right Into the Bliss", and the Jeff Buckley cover "Nightmares by the Sea". Upon conclusion "Tonight´s Decision" is an album featuring both great moments and less appealing ones. To my ears it´s among the band´s least interesting releases but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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