Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Orphaned Land, Novembers Doom, Clad in Darkness | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Orphaned Land, Novembers Doom, Clad in Darkness All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Sept. 17, 7 p.m. 2010

These dour Swedes, from a land of long winter nights and cradle-to-grave health care, play a romantic flavor of gothic metal in the tradition of their English contemporaries My Dying Bride, though they call it simply "dark rock." (Vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nystrom work out their more visceral impulses in the death-metal band Bloodbath, where Renkse plays bass and fellow Swede Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth sings.) Katatonia's eighth full-length, Night Is the New Day (Peaceville), released last fall, begins with the wall-slamming "Forsaker" and quickly opens up into painterly layers of instrumentation, adding keyboards, strings, and more to create a surprisingly deep and nuanced web of textures. Renkse's clean, resonant vocals sound like something you might hear in a cold and cavernous stone cathedral somewhere in the forsaken far north, and they serve to anchor the listener in the proper state of melancholy—some of the acoustic interludes and delicate synths raise the possibility that a sunbeam might leak into the gloom, and we can't have that! Swallow the Sun, Orphaned Land, Novembers Doom, and Clad in Darkness open.

Price: $20

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