Sky Void of Stars

LP12 Double Vinil (Napalm Records)

Available from 31/03/2023

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"Meritorious masters of melancholic metal KATATONIA carry on their legacy of rearranging the order of
the heavy music universe, proudly presenting their hauntingly beautiful next studio album, Sky Void of
Stars, out January 20, 2022 via Napalm Records. Founded in 1991, KATATONIA have continually
embraced the dark and the light alike and - living through genre evolutions beyond compare - ripened
their own particular form of expression. From doom and death metal to soul-gripping post rock, they’ve
explored endless spheres of the genre, accumulating only the very best aspects. With their previous
album, City Burials (2020), ranking #6 on the German album charts, the outfit proved their gravitational
force on the scene as an everlasting cycle. After signing with Napalm Records, the entity around
founding members Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström is ready to showcase its brilliance and illuminate
the void in the scene with Sky Void of Stars.
Emerging from the gloom, KATATONIA is a beacon of light - breathing their unique, never stagnant,
atmospheric sound through this new 11-track offering, all written and composed by vocalist Jonas
Renkse. Album opener “Austerity” provides a courting introduction to the album. Crashing through the
dark, it convinces with memorable, mind-bending rhythms as it shifts with elaborate guitar riffs that
perfectly showcase the musical expertise and experience of the band. Topped off by the dark, conjuring voice of Renkse and mesmerizing lyricism, the gloomy mood for the album is set. Songs like down-
tempo “Opaline” and moody “Drab Moon” fully embrace their melancholic sound while fragile “Impermanence” is accented by the original doom metal roots of KATATONIA. Like a dark star, these
pieces relume the dreariness, creating an ambient auditory experience with memorable hooks while still
inducing the crashing sounds of hard guitar riffs and pounding drums. The experimental mastery of the
quintet and their atmospheric approach is purely vivid, making this album a thrilling sensation. With
“Birds”, the artists show off their explosive potential with a quick and energetic sound, proving their
genre-defying style. Dazzling drums and heavy guitar riffs reflect the influence of their humble
beginnings, while “Atrium” also plays into this highly energetic atmosphere, maintaining the gloomy
ambience that characterizes KATATONIA with epic sounds and poetic lyrics to get lost in.
KATATONIA is one of a kind in a state of perpetual evolution. Significantly shaping the genre while still
staying true to their own musical values, they orbit the musical universe - leaving their imprints on the
scene. Projecting their sound to the endless realms, Sky Void of Stars shines bright in metal and

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