Night Is the New Day

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Night Is the New Day
Night Is the New Day cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 November 2009
RecordedJuly–August 2009
ProducerJonas Renkse
Anders Nyström
David Castillo
Katatonia chronology
Live Consternation
Night Is the New Day
The Longest Year

Night Is the New Day is Katatonia's eighth full-length album. It was released 2 November 2009, in Europe and 10 November 2009, in North America through Peaceville Records.[1] Thirteen tracks were recorded, eleven of which made it onto the record. The band describes the material as "Our most varied, diverse and possibly strongest shit all together on one and the same album".[1] "Idle Blood" had the working title "Kozelek", named after Mark Kozelek, a member of Red House Painters, which is one Katatonia's influences.[2] This is the last Katatonia release with the Norrman brothers.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net8/10 stars[5]
PopMatters9/10 stars[6]
Rock Sound9/10[7]

Night Is the New Day sold more than 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.[9] "Day and Then the Shade" was the first single, released in late 2009. The promotional video for this song was directed by Lasse Hoile.[10]

Musical style[edit]

Night Is the New Day shows Katatonia expanding their music palette.[5] The album shows a slightly more progressive sound than The Great Cold Distance, yet retains the heaviness and morose atmosphere, with electronics and synths playing an important role.[8] The big, heavy parts are interspersed with quiet, somber electronics, and acoustic guitars.[5] Each song transforms frequently, changing tempo, intensity and texture.[3] "Forsaker" starts aggressively but soon the down-tuned metal chords shift to chiming darkwave strains.[6] "The Longest Year" intertwines synth and metal passages,[3] while the acoustic style of "Idle Blood" is comparable to Opeth and Porcupine Tree.[8] "Nephilim" brings together a dissonant minor-chord chorus with a plodding beat and an oppressive atmosphere.[5] The single "Day and Then the Shade" is both brooding and heavy, as well as atmospheric and progressive.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The album was generally well received by critics. The album was deemed the second best metal album of 2009 by Popmatters.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Jonas Renkse except where noted, all music by Renkse, except where noted. Writing credits taken from ASCAP[12][13].

1."Forsaker"Renkse, Anders Nyström4:05
2."The Longest Year" 4:39
3."Idle Blood" (lyrics by Nyström)Nyström4:23
4."Onward into Battle"Renkse, Nyström3:51
5."Liberation" 4:18
6."The Promise of Deceit" 4:17
7."Nephilim" 4:27
8."New Night" 4:27
9."Inheritance" 4:30
10."Day and Then the Shade" 4:27
11."Departer" (lyrics by Renkse, Krister Linder) 5:28
Total length:48:33
2011 tour edition reissue bonus tracks
13."Sold Heart"4:36
14."Day & Then the Shade (Frank Default Mix)"5:39
15."Idle Blood (Linje 14)"3:23

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart[14]
French Albums Chart[14]
German Albums Chart[15]
Swedish Albums Chart[14]



  1. ^ a b "KATATONIA: New Album Pushed Back to November". 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  2. ^ Peaceville Records (2009-10-20). "Katatonia talk about their influences while in London". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  3. ^ a b c "Review of Night Is the New Day by Katatonia". 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  4. ^ "( Night Is the New Day > Review )". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  5. ^ a b c d "KATATONIA Night Is the New Day (Peaceville)". Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  6. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (2009-11-12). "Night Is the New Day review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  7. ^ a b Burt, Jim. "Night Is the New Day review". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  8. ^ a b c "Katatonia - Night Is the New Day (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  9. ^ "Katatonia to Release 'The Longest Day' EP". 2010-02-18. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  10. ^ "Katatonia: 'Day and Then the Shade' Video Released". 2009-11-11. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  11. ^ "The Best Metal Albums of 2009".
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  14. ^ a b c "Night Is the New Day chart performance". Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  15. ^ "Katatonia longplay-chartverfolgung". (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  16. ^ "Katatonia | Interview | Lords of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 97: November 2009". Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  17. ^ "Frank Default | Official website". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-12-02.

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