Release date: 28 October 2013
Style: Alternative rock, Gothic doom metal

Rating:

8.3 | 30 votes

Owners:

23 have it
7 want it


01. Ghost Of The Sun
02. Sleeper
03. Criminals
04. A Premonition
05. Will I Arrive
06. Burn The Remembrance
07. Wealth
08. One Year From Now
09. Walking By A Wire
10. Complicity
11. Evidence
12. Omerta
13. Wait Outside
14. Inside The City Of Glass


Additional info
Reworked original Viva Emptiness with newly recorded keyboards, b-side "Wait Outside", vocals on "Inside The City of Glass" which previously were not included and new artwork by Travis Smith.

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Oggy - 08.11.2013 at 15:25  
  Ooooppsssss
SyntheticBreed - 08.11.2013 at 18:13  
Rating: 7 Its alright. nothing giant over the original besides a couple of songs. One Year From Now, Criminals, Wealth, A Premonition, and Burn are definitely better,.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.11.2013 at 18:15  
Rating: 4 Heard Wait Outside the other day. I can totally see why it was kept off this record to begin with. Not a good song.

Also not happy that Inside The City Of Glass has vocals on it now. It was a brilliant finish to the record and totally didn't need vocals. This is going to be a wreck of a remaster.
Opethian - 08.11.2013 at 18:39  
  Cash Grab, plain and simple
INÆRIS - 08.11.2013 at 22:55  
  They re-did Dead End Kings, now Viva Emptiness, next thing you know, they're going to make a jazz flute version of Discouraged Ones...
Argônio - 11.11.2013 at 01:56  
  It's good to listen 'Wait Outside' remastered, but it doesn't fit the album. Breaks something! Interrupt the flow of the album.
'Inside The City of Glass' suprised me, I never thought that vocals can be a big difference in this song (but I have to admit that the music is overshadowing the vocals at some parts).
'Will Arrive' lost something than the original, that's my guess.
Viva emptiness, it was how I first met Katatonia. I won't say that this album is better than the original, but is good hear to this new "fresh" sound.
Therapy? - 13.11.2013 at 00:27  
  Hmmm... there are a lot of albums (not necessarily from Katatonia but in general) that I think might benefit from having a reworked version. But this is definitely not one of them. For some reason this album really doesn't sound "authentic", if you get what I mean. Especially in my favourite song "criminals", because the second vocals in the refrain have been put more towards the foreground. The result is that these vocals now sound a bit off key... it's weird. And a bit of a shame, too. I really wanted to like it.

The vocals in "Inside The City Of Glass" are a welcome addition, though. Superb song.

Nope, I much rather have them make new material. Or make an album that contains all the awesome b-sides like "unfurl" and "breaking bonds" and the likes.
Dentura - 13.11.2013 at 08:56  
Rating: 9 I'm probably not gonna buy this one (though some of the songs on here sound better than their original counterparts, partly because of the added keyboards, which sound lovely). Im gonna stick to my original copy since I think it sounds perfectly fine (I know the band complained about the initial drum sound, but again, I think the original sounds great the way it is) and the band members themselves actually signed my booklet (along with my Dead End Kings one) when I went to a meet-and-greet to see them last May, so now it's basically a prized possession of mine. I actually think "Inside The City of Glass" sounds a lot more "complete" with lyrics since when I first listened to the original, even though I loved it, it sort of seemed like something was missing and could go with some singing. Jonas' vocals have obviously aged since the original recordings so he sounds different compared to the rest of the songs on this remaster, but I can't complain too much there, since he's technically a better singer ten years later anyway. I'll still give it a 9, since it's still the same awesome music, but I'm not planning on rating it higher than the original (which I give a 10). It's a very solid remaster, even if a bit unnecessary.
IronArkadius666 - 23.11.2013 at 13:23  
Rating: 9 Is that really the title?
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.11.2013 at 13:54  
Rating: 4
Written by Therapy? on 13.11.2013 at 00:27

Hmmm... there are a lot of albums (not necessarily from Katatonia but in general) that I think might benefit from having a reworked version. But this is definitely not one of them. For some reason this album really doesn't sound "authentic", if you get what I mean. Especially in my favourite song "criminals", because the second vocals in the refrain have been put more towards the foreground. The result is that these vocals now sound a bit off key... it's weird. And a bit of a shame, too. I really wanted to like it.

The vocals in "Inside The City Of Glass" are a welcome addition, though. Superb song.

Nope, I much rather have them make new material. Or make an album that contains all the awesome b-sides like "unfurl" and "breaking bonds" and the likes.

2 seconds into Criminals and I knew I wasn't going to like this. Those horrible floating keyboards at the start just unbalance the whole thing. The original version of Viva Emptiness had a rough, raw simplicity to it. This version has been taken apart, every part polished, then a 100 new unnecessary elements slotted in to all the spaces that's been left from that over-polishing.

And yes, for all the clarity in the music the album supposedly now has, the vocals have been pushed right back and lost all of its effectiveness.

It's like seeing an old friend you used to get on really well with many years later, and finding that they're in a high powered job and have 7 kids. You realise pretty soon that you have nothing in common with them anymore.
Evil Chip - 24.11.2013 at 00:08  
Rating: 4 Adding more elements into the mix was a big mistake. They must really think that their new style is superior to their previous ones. They almost removed all the album aesthetic singularity to add these dull new elements from their new style.
Jeeers - 25.11.2013 at 22:04  
Rating: 7 I have always wondered how "Inside The City Of Glass" would sound with vocals. My wish has been granted! And I must admit - it sounds awesome! On the other hand it's also awesome without vocals.
Speaking about other songs on this remaster - term "unbalanced" came to my mind very often. I think remastering such a classic album in such a drastic way is uneccessary. I could not find any track which I could say is improved over older version. Yes, there are some additions and improvements (some good keyboard sound), but also it seems with the other hand they steal something of value out of every song. Even "Wait Outside" is better in the older version.
But I must listen more carefully to pass my FINAL JUDGEMENT!
ironlord - 10.12.2013 at 08:58  
  I really wanted a new album, but now when they rerecorded two albums in a row, I think I don't want a new album because I fear, that next time there will be just flutes, keyboards and vocals, don't get me wrong I love dead end kings, but I think that sharp rhythmic guitars make the atmosphere of their older songs much stronger than couple of ambient sounds and keyboards
Slayer666 - 17.12.2013 at 18:48  
  Sorry, Katatonia, slapping some make-up on this album won't change its boring writing.
IronArkadius666 - 20.03.2014 at 23:17  
Rating: 9 My God, what have they done to One Year From Now?!

Rest of it is decent though, I especially like A Premonition and Complicity

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