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KATATONIA, Relentless Garage, London
11 March 2010
Katatonia first hit the stage at 21:25, the venue was completely packed
and the crowd was quite varied, consisting of both London City workers
and guys with Entombed T-shirts.
who say that music can unite people were proved right this night, as
everybody in the venue seemed to be equally mesmerised by the band's
concern was whether the replacements for the Norrman brothers, namely
Per Eriksson (guitars) and Niklas Sandin (bass), would manage to perform
the band's old and new material in at least a satisfactory manner,
however, any doubts I might have had were totally erased the moment the
first tunes of the now classic Forsaker filled the room.
The band is
on tour for the promotion of their 2009 release Night Is The New Day,
hence their decision to include six of the compositions on their set
list. Did people seem to mind that? Not at all! Compositions such as
Onward Into Battle, Idle Blood and Day & Then The Shade all met with a
great response, but the same can be said about My Twin, Rusted and In
The White - all belonging to the band's 2006 opus The Great Cold
composition on offer was Saw You Drown, something that was totally
expected, and more emphasis was given to the band's ground breaking 2003
album Viva Emptiness through songs like Complicity, Omerta and the ever
amazing Ghost Of The Sun.
was in a really good mood, constantly thanking the crowd for their
support and promising more and greater things to come from the
Stockholm-based outfit in the near future, whereas Anders Nystrom spent
all his energy either urging the crowd to participate in the proceedings
or by head banging with impressive ferocity.
left the stage after a very impressive and intimate performance, only to
return a minute later with the purpose of finishing us off through the
beautiful melodies and heavy riffs of Dispossession and Leaders - the
latter being a composition that I was really looking forward to listen
We knew that Katatonia were an amazing band long before they graced us
with their presence on stage during this cold and moody Thursday
Stockholm-based outfit proved that night, however, was that they are
strong enough and capable of producing the goods under the most
difficult of circumstances!
hope that the band will manage to build up a solid line up soon,
hopefully by making Per Eriksson (guitars) and Niklas Sandin (bass)
permanent members, as these five guys were on fire tonight!
Gents, let us hope that the future of this band is as promising as its
present, as I really cannot wait to see them again on stage, performing
more such oneiric material! A great show indeed!
Forsaker/ Liberation/ My Twin/ Onward Into Battle/ Complicity/ The
Longest Year/ Omerta / Teargas / Saw You Drown / Idle Blood / Ghost Of
The Sun / Evidence / Rusted / Day & Then The Shade / In The White / For
My Demons - Encore: Dispossession / Leaders
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