Katatonia - Viva Emptiness


8.6 | 734 votes |
Release date: 24 March 2003
Style: Alternative rock, Gothic doom metal

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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. Inside The City Of Glass

Top 20 albums of 2003: 20

Guest review by
Justin
Rating:
9.0
Katatonia's third album Discouraged Ones was a brave turning point for the band. It distanced the band from the black metal tag that shackled them, and allowed some more subtle influences to creep into the mix. Both 2000's Tonight's Decision and 2001's Last Fair Deal Gone Down seemed to build upon their strengths as musicians and the fine art of crafting songs, and clearly showed the bands growing skills in both atmospherics and the ability to project the depths of human despair without losing hope.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (41)

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28.09.2012 - 22:58
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Evil Chip on 28.09.2012 at 22:56
Really? This is the one I come back for singing along.


Well yeah... I hear tons of nice textures going on. I love how it's an easy listen but still delivers fantastic, strong and tight songwriting if you stop the vocals for a second and focus.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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29.09.2012 - 01:55
Rating: 8
Evil Chip
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.09.2012 at 22:58

Written by Evil Chip on 28.09.2012 at 22:56
Really? This is the one I come back for singing along.


Well yeah... I hear tons of nice textures going on.

Well, is just that I don't find them as captivating as you but I agree that every song is good. If it wasn't for the lack of album feeling that I feel it would be a really good album.
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29.09.2012 - 01:58
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Evil Chip on 29.09.2012 at 01:55
the lack of album feeling


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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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29.09.2012 - 02:03
Rating: 8
Evil Chip
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.09.2012 at 01:58

Written by Evil Chip on 29.09.2012 at 01:55
the lack of album feeling




Like I said before I like the songs separately but the album as a whole bores me.
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01.10.2012 - 21:54
Rating: 5
Erik M.
Written by Slayer666 on 28.06.2012 at 10:41

Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.06.2012 at 05:35

Whatever we're missing, I'm too busy listening to Brave Murder Day to care.


Hah, QFT.
Although it's more Dance of December Souls in my case.


And I'm listening to both of those amazing albums.

I'll never understand why this album is regarded as one of Katatonia's greatest albums, as it's one of few albums I actually regret buying.
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18.06.2013 - 16:46
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 18.06.2013 at 16:17

Remix&Remaster on the way.


totally no need for that. That will most probably destroy this album.
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18.06.2013 - 17:10
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Totally unnecessary. It'll end up sounding like the recent boring and sterile albums I guarantee.
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18.06.2013 - 17:18
Rating: 9
God Alone
Pfft. I'm sure I'll love the remaster and the atmospheric DEK too. ^^
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26.06.2013 - 16:56
Rating: 10
Dentura
Shadow King
I'll be curious about how the remastered Viva Emptiness will sound, but I agree that there is no need. I think the copy I have sounds fine the way it is.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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25.10.2013 - 22:00
Rating: 9
God Alone
Bought the remastered edition. Listening right now.

It's wonderful, it's damn wonderful.
Now I REALLY understand why they said they weren't satisfied with the mixing.
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19.10.2014 - 13:38
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Not as consistent as TGCD, especially with respect to the melodic phrasing and the melodies themselves. Even some of the heavier bits aren't as meticulously crafted...a shame because most of the album is brilliant
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19.10.2014 - 13:44
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
If there's one thing I wouldn't call TGCD it's "consistent." So much filler on that record. Half the album is totally forgettable. Also the beginning of the end that is their sterile sound.
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19.10.2014 - 14:38
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Nah, forgettable would be tracks 8-10 on this album. I can easily differentiate between all the tracks on TGCD. Every track on that album is of equal quality barring "Increase" ----> consistency.
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29.04.2016 - 19:52
Rating: 10
FullyOttoMatic
As someone who lives in the city, I feel this album's atmosphere and sound, along with most Katatonia albums post-Discouraged Ones, captures the real essence of the bleaker and darker side of urban life better than anything I've ever heard.
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