This is one of those albums that has always been at the top of my list since it came out two or three years ago. Katatonia appeals to fans of Opeth, though I find them totally different. They’re both really good in the melody department, but Katatonia is quite a bit simpler, and doesn’t lean toward extreme metal like Opeth does.Katatonia’s album previous to this, Tonight’s Decision (another great one), was more stripped down. It’s sound was heavy, and you can tell they were using simple power chords for the most part. Here, though, the sound is big and airy. If you didn’t know they were a metal band, you might not pick up that it’s a metal album. Don’t get me wrong, it is still doomy and heavy, but again, in a kind of weird, airy way. The heaviness is most evident in the lyrics and the overall mood of the album. Goes well with Amorphis, Anathema, Tool, and Opeth’s Damnation album. If this “heavy in mood” music appeals to you, I recommend you check out Dead Can Dance’s “Spleen and Ideal” and “Within the Realm of a Dying Sun,” along with the first couple Cocteau Twins albums.