Album Review: October Tide – “Winged Waltz”

Winged Waltz Cover SmallFor the longest time, the elephant in the room with Sweden’s harbingers of doom and gloom October Tide was that their identity as “the other band that guys from Katatonia play in” was hard to shake. Their first two albums were important for the melodic death/doom scene at its peak in the 90s, but it was hard to envision them as anything beyond Dance of December Souls 2.0 or Brave Murder Day Redux. It was only with 2010’s A Thin Shell that they came into their own identity, and 2013’s Tunnel of No Light, while still a good death/doom album that showed mature and tasteful songwriting, didn’t hold up much against bands like Daylight Dies. Their newest, Winged Waltz, however, is a very strong album that demonstrates the band’s growth in identity, songwriting, and band chemistry.  Continue reading

Retrospective: Katatonia – “Night is the New Day”

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We all have our guilty pleasures. For example, I’m sure there’s a metalhead out there somewhere getting into his sticker-covered automobile, yet pumping Counting Crows’ August and Everything After. That’s why, for this week’s Retrospective, I chose to write about Katatonia and their mournful, pop-inspired classic Night is the New Dayan album so great that it fulfills the desire for guilty pleasure music while still maintaining all your credibility as a metalhead. So move over Hanson and America, make room for Mattias and Fredrik Norrman. Continue reading