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How Did You Discover Katatonia ?

Discussion in 'Katatonia' started by scentofdeath, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. scentofdeath

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    Not sure if it was done before but, I was just talking to a friend about ol' days and remembered how I came across Katatonia.

    I borrowed 3 cassette tapes from a guy back in '97 and those were Dance Of December Souls, Brave Murder Day, and Discouraged Ones.
    He recommended them as black metal and a "weird disappointing" change in style on the last album, back then being Discouraged Ones.
    These were bootleg tapes, mind you. I told him he got screwed and that Discouraged Ones album is a totally different band with a Katatonia logo xeroxed on the cover. It couldn't be the same band. The difference was mind boggling. He said "maybe it's that October Tide project, I know one of them is involved".

    Anyway, I remember being confused by DO because i really loved it and I was only into extreme stuff up to then. Quite an eye opener for me. One of those albums that makes you more receptive to mixed/weird styles of metal and/or music in general.
     
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    Yikes!
    Y'all can kill this if you like
     
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    couldnt hurt to try again :lol:. i first heard them in first year university. was just getting into opeth, made my way to bloodbath, and katatonia just fell into place :)
     
  4. insidethefall

    insidethefall somewhere nowhere

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    I read an interview in a mag back in the 90's during Brave Murder Day. I loved the photos and description of the music. Later I did a tape trade with someone and they put Opeth's Morningrise on it along with Brave Murder Day.
     
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    Lisra starlight spectre

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    Had a huge bound of teenage angst and depression. Some person on the internet said it was muisc that expressed that. Bought Viva Emptiness on a whim with no experience with metal apart from Within Temptation. Changed my life.
     
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    I think I first found out about them through a recommendation-thread on some doom-metal forum, must have been around 2004.
     
  7. Heliotropic_Rose

    Heliotropic_Rose in the soil beneath

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    polishing up the old tool, and the bowchiccca wow wow music was actually Katatonia
     
  8. Anthony

    Anthony criminal

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    Hahah!)))) I found my own post May 7th, 2002, 04:57 AM, how I discovered Katatonia:

    I can only add... Then was the time, when I knew that Tom Sedotchenko(EverEve) killed himself. I couldn't just understand that thing. How, why, etc etc. I couldn't listen to EverEvenearly 2 months, I listened Katatonia Discouraged Ones... I can't tell did their music help me or it has been drowning me in that depression. Sometimes the pressure was so high, that I thought, something is about to click in my head and there will be no Anthony. Thank God I was young and I went through it)

    Then in stores Tonight's Decision appeared. I was in love with one girl and that summer when I bought the CD I had a lot travels by trains - that are things, associated with the album: distant love, summer, trains. I love this album deliriously, listen to it very often and take my inspiration from it. I consider it non-metal, with wrong metal sound, and sometimes I try to imagine, how it would be with different sound.

    And then, it was summer too, LFDGD appeared. I lost my mind completely))))) LFDGD with gorgeous artwork, incredible site with intro took my breath away from first notes))) Summer, white St.Petersburg nights, love, kindness, deep - these are the associations with the album. I began to dig and listen to all things related to Katatonia - October Tide, Diab.Masquerade, things that they mentioned as favourite albums - Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, Blackfield, Palace Music. I found a lots of cool non-metal music, so I even stopped to call myself metalhead. But NOTHING was comparable to Katatonia!
    My LFDGD CD was with no lyrics. I didn't even know it was pirated, I thought it's "for Russia, with simplified typography"(these words I seen on some licensed CDs that time). So I was unsophisticated enough to ask on this forums: "Hey guys, post here your lyrics please")))))))))))))))) The answer went from Anders: "If there's no lyrics in the inlay, you bought pirated shit!"))))))))))))))))) I was sad about it, but my love for Katatonia still was in my heart)))

    Then, as you can guess, it was summer, I got Viva Emptiness. Before that album I was in fear of Katatonia is going pop. But after I heard it I began to fear the will go metal. I loved the music, but I wanted they to do something really new. They chose another way, it's their right, they are creators...

    Next two albums - TGCD and NITND went like sand through fingers. But I never stop listening TD, LFDGD, the singles of these albums among other non-Katatonian stuff))) And i find that for me October Tide A Thin Shell has got more of that good old LFDGD atmosphere, than new Katatonia things, so I take my inspiration from Fred's work))) And I hope someday Jonas will release solo thing with weird non-metal thick-flangered, over-chorused JeffBuckley-inspired totally new music))))) AMEN.
     
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    insidethefall somewhere nowhere

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    <<October Tide A Thin Shell has got more of that good old LFDGD atmosphere>>

    I don't hear much LFDGD in A Thin Shell, but there is no doubt that album is a solid slab of katatonic doom/death. I'm hoping that the next one will be even better.
     
  10. Anthony

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    Strictly LFDGD - nope, but LFDGD is last album with some spirit going through BMD-SOD-OD-TD-LFDGD... IMHO=)
     
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    Pelata FINAL SIGN

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    Back when Discouraged Ones was a new release, I started writing reviews for Digital Metal (now known as Teeth Of The Divine). As a "welcome to the family" gift, Loana Valencia @ Century Media sent me a large package full of CDs. Discouraged Ones was in that package and it's still my favorite Katatonia album.
     
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    dude correct me if i'm wrong but didn't some of the reviewer's from digitalmetal use to run the "eclipse metal mag"?
     
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    DarkGift ov Doom

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    iirc i was reading some forum and people were talking about the silent hill series. one guy said that he thought sweet nurse reminded him of silent hill 2, so i had to listen to it, didn't like it back then though. i think stefan re-introduced them to me, and now i'm a fanboy <3
     
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    stefan86 invariably off-topic

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    Downloaded Viva Emptiness when it was new, listened to a couple of songs and deleted it. Downloaded it again a few years later, and it stuck. Got LFDGD after that and they became my favourite band rather fast :)
     
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    Pelata FINAL SIGN

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    Yes...Chris Dick ran that mag....I did a few pieces and reviews for it as well.
     
  16. Cressida

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    oh man that's awesome i used to grab those mags all the time.
     
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    Heard Consternation somewhere. Downloaded everything soon after. Bought everything very soon after that. Got everything signed awhile after that, hahahahaha.
     
  18. Death Delirium

    Death Delirium Raagoonshinnaah.

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    I heard the song Brave and originally only liked old Katatonia for awile. Now I enjoy all the bands albums.
     

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