Visions ov Hell: Katatonia – “Old Heart Falls”

Katatonia is one of those bands that almost never significantly alters their sound. Sure, they did once. But on either side of that rift the albums are consistent within their own valley and are always wrought with emotion. Their new track, “Old Heart Falls” off their upcoming LP entitled The Fall of Hearts is no different from their post 1999 work. Dripping with hollow metaphors, unanswered questions about life and emotional underpinnings, “Old Heart Falls” is yet another solid, catchy work in the annals of Katatonia’s work.

The video is, as is so common these days, a lyric video. But rather than a static shot of Jonas Renkse singing, the lyrics are typed, in time like Karaoke, on a vintage looking typewriter. The worn film, vintage type and overall analog feel of the production only adds to the natural mournful beauty of Katatonia’s work. Sure, most of their stuff sounds the same, and the band continues to dive down the path of digitally produced and overworked maudlin anthems but who doesn’t absolutely adore what they do so very well?

I must say, after viewing the video and perusing Katatonia’s Facebook page, that band certainly inspires a lot of fans to get tattoos. Whether it’s the cavernous lyrics or the splatter artwork, it seems that there must be thousands of people walking around this planet with Katatonia themed ink on their bodies. Might be time to for the Swedes to invest in a theme park,

Katatonia’s eleventh full-length release, The Fall of Hearts, will be released May 20, 2016 via Peaceville Records. You can pre-order the album here.

– Manny-O-War

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