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3.63 | 62 ratings | 6 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Heart Set to Divide (5:29)
2. Behind the Blood (4:37)
3. Lacquer (4:42)
4. Rein (4:21)
5. The Winter of Our Passing (3:18)
6. Vanishers (4:56)
7. City Glaciers (5:30)
8. Flicker (4:45)
9. Lachesis (1:54)
10. Neon Epitaph (4:32)
11. Untrodden (4:29)

Total Time 48:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonas Renkse / vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Anders "Blackheim" Nyström / guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Niklas Sandin / bass
- Daniel Moilanen / drums
- Roger Öjersson / guitars

Releases information

Label: Peaceville
Format: Vinyl (Black or Clear), CD, Digital
April 24, 2020

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KATATONIA City Burials ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "City Burials" is the 12th full-length studio album by Swedish metal act Katatonia. The album was released through Peaceville Records in April 2020. It´s the successor to "The Fall Of Hearts" from 2016 and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. Katatonia have a long history of changing their sound and musical style. They started out playing death/doom metal, then toyed with goth/alternative rock/metal, then started playing hard edged riffs and rhythms again, and then for a period mellowed out a bit more, although their music still featured heavy riffs and rhythms. They´ve had a relatively consistent sound on the last couple of releases though...

...and on "City Burials" they pretty much continue down that same melancholic heavy alternative rock/metal path they´ve also travelled on the last couple of releases. It´s the trademark sound of Katatonia, with dynamic use of mellow melancholic sections and heavy riff oriented sections with Jonas Renkse´s soft, emotional, and melancholic vocals and lyrics on top. It´s as bleak and melancholic as ever (ok, maybe not quite as bleak, but just as melancholic) but it´s unfortunately also a little too much by the numbers. There´s nothing wrong with the quality of the songwriting, the musicianship, or the very well sounding production job, but "City Burials" is Katatonia playing it completely safe, and I had hoped that the adventurous souls of the two mainmen behind the band Renkse and Anders Nyström (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals) had felt the urge to try something different again. Twist their sound in a new direction and not just release another similar sounding album to the last couple of releases.

Alas "City Burials" is more of the same, and maybe that´s perfectly fine for some listeners, but I´ve come to a point where I´ve begun to find it all a bit tedious, and my alarm bells are starting to sound loud and clear that Katatonia have completely stagnated. It´s probably one of the worst critiques you can give an artist, but I´m afraid it´s warranted here. Very few artists have survived making the same album over and over again and I hope Katatonia realise that change is needed for the next album. But for all my disappointment and an attention which wanders while listening to the album, it is as mentioned above still a quality release, and it´s mostly in the context of the band´s discography that "City Burials" disappoints. Katatonia are still able to make some of the most heartfelt, melancholic, and darkly beautiful music on the scene and they do occasionally shine on "City Burials" ("Behind the Blood" is one of the highlights, as it´s a bit different from what we´re used to hear from the band). A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

Latest members reviews

4 stars Katatonia don't really sound the same on any of their albums because they are always changing their ever-evolving sound to what they see fit. Bands who do this aren't doing it to annoy people, (although they might unintentionally annoy some individuals) they do it because they don't feel pressur ... (read more)

Report this review (#2494918) | Posted by progtime1234567 | Sunday, January 17, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Thankfully, Katatonia's hiatus announced in 2018 did not last very long. In Autumn 2019 the band let fans know they were back in the studio to record a new album. Fast forward to April 2020 and the new album, City Burials, is out. So, how is it? Certainly not an easy album to get into. The first tim ... (read more)

Report this review (#2435961) | Posted by lukretio | Saturday, August 8, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars KATATONIA is an epic black / doom band a bit death and gothic when they were born in 1991! 21st album with live performances, 11th studio album, 4 years after their last delivery, he has worked to get the THEATER OF TRAGEDY, MY DYING BRIDE, PARADISE LOST or ANATHEMA, RETROSPECTIVE even more rece ... (read more)

Report this review (#2431862) | Posted by alainPP | Friday, July 24, 2020 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The trend of extreme and progressive metal acts abandoning or taming their heavier impulses or more progressive ambitions for the sake of listenability is well established. When done tastefully, the progressive metal community is generally receptive. The spirit of prog, and even metal to an exte ... (read more)

Report this review (#2380896) | Posted by ssmarcus | Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars City Burials is another solid release from Katatonia. While they had a consistent sound over several releases, this latest does not provide much different from previous efforts. More music from Katatonia is always a good thing, and innovation is not a requirement as they always fit a chill mood in m ... (read more)

Report this review (#2374422) | Posted by javajeff | Saturday, April 25, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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