Hailed as one of the leaders of the death-doom genre alongside My Dying Bride & Paradise Lost, Sweden’s Katatonia have spent the last 25 years ever changing and evolving to become the much loved purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal we know today.
2016 marks Katatonia’s 25th anniversary and 10 years since the release of probably their most well known work “The Great Cold Distance.” So what better time than to re-issue this album as a special edition CD / DVD four disc set as well as vinyl versions? Founding guitarist Anders Nyströmsays “Looking back at our set lists from a historic perspective, it dawned on us that there’s been no other album from which we played more songs.” Thus fans now can enjoy the ultimate edition which includes all the scattered bits and pieces related to The Great Cold Distance.
Recorded and mixed at Fascination Street, Örebro Sweden, and produced by Nyström/Renkse on and co-produced, mixed & engineered by Jens Bogren & David Castillo, the album features 3 singles, “July,” “My Twin,” and “Deliberation.” The new 4 disc deluxe hardback 40 page book edition of the album includes 3 bonus discs featuring bonus songs and b-sides, a new 5.1 remix of the album by Bruce Soord, plus a live performance recorded in September 2016 of the band playing “The Great Cold Distance” in its entirety with the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
While we are reviewing the DVD version here, vinyl lovers can pick up the double gatefold LP version of the original album that also includes the b-sides & bonus material. Pressed on both black vinyl and limited edition red vinyl, act fast to secure your copy which are on sale now at some stores! Further note: A 2009 5.1 mix is also still available through Amazon USA for those who are interested.
released January 20, 2017.