Viva Emptiness

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Viva Emptiness
Katatonia VivaEmptiness cover.jpg
Studio album by Katatonia
Released April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
Recorded October – November 2002
Genre Doom metal, alternative metal, progressive metal
Length 52:45
Label Peaceville
Producer Anders Nyström, Jonas Renkse
Katatonia chronology
Tonight's Music
(2001)Tonight's Music2001
Viva Emptiness
The Great Cold Distance
(2006)The Great Cold Distance2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Viva Emptiness is the sixth full-length album by Katatonia, released in 2003 by Peaceville Records. On the album's tenth anniversary in 2013, it was re-released, featuring a new mix, mastering, and additional keyboard arrangements.


Its main subjects are loneliness, social relations, crime, lying and depression. Viva Emptiness incorporates more of a rock style, with a strong but melodic doom metal sound influenced by progressive and alternative metal. The album was re-released in 2013, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the album.

The song "Wait Outside" was recorded during the album sessions, but was not released until 2005 on The Black Sessions. It was also included in the 10th anniversary edition of the album.


Viva Emptiness was released on April 29, 2003. The album was re-released in 2013. The re-release features new keyboard arrangements and was completely remixed and remastered by David Castillo, as the band wasn't satisfied with the overall sound and production of the original release. The track "Inside the City of Glass" features vocals and lyrics on this edition, compared to the instrumental version included in the original release.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Renkse; all music composed by Renkse and Nyström, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Ghost of the Sun" 4:07
2. "Sleeper" 4:08
3. "Criminals" 3:47
4. "A Premonition" (F. Norrman, Nyström, Renkse) 3:33
5. "Will I Arrive" 4:09
6. "Burn the Remembrance" 5:22
7. "Wealth" 4:22
8. "One Year from Now" 4:02
9. "Walking by a Wire" 3:32
10. "Complicity" 4:01
11. "Evidence" 4:36
12. "Omerta" (Renkse) 2:58
13. "Inside the City of Glass" (instrumental) 4:08
Total length: 52:45
10th anniversary edition
No. Title Length
1. "Ghost of the Sun" 4:07
2. "Sleeper" 4:10
3. "Criminals" 3:50
4. "A Premonition" 3:34
5. "Will I Arrive" 4:07
6. "Burn the Remembrance" 5:25
7. "Wealth" 4:24
8. "One Year from Now" 4:04
9. "Walking by a Wire" 3:35
10. "Complicity" 4:05
11. "Evidence" 4:36
12. "Omerta" 3:00
13. "Wait Outside" 3:39
14. "Inside the City of Glass" 5:35
Total length: 58:11




  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. Viva Emptiness at AllMusic