Posted 9/27/2011 by cal
The general trajectory for metal bands is to start off heavy and caustic and noncommercial, then gradually write more accessible music amidst cries of sell-out and, occasionally, greater measurable success. Some fans of Katatonia
’s early, guttural-doom albums probably gave up after 1998’s Discouraged Ones
, and many who embraced the band’s more melodic direction likely jumped ship after hearing the electronic and indie rock influences on the barely-metal Last Fair Deal Gone Down
in 2001. But despite those guardians of static integrity, the impact of this album went deeper than anyone could have predicted, cementing the legacy of Jonas Renske
and Anders Nyström
as truly unique songwriters and musicians and permanently breaking down musical boundaries for those fans open-minded enough to stick around.