I wanted to review this album because I don’t want the only review to be a bad one. This is a very good album, it was my first katatonia album and I like it a lot. I don’t know if it’s true that this is nothing new or original, but that doesn’t really matter. Considering that many of the people listening to katatonia are going to be metal fans, this is a lot different from what you will generally hear in metal. Also compared to Katatonia’s early work this is quite different. It’s possible that there are other bands out there that have this sound but do it better (I presume the other reviewer thinks so) but I don’t know these bands so I can’t say.
As for this album, it is very dark and beautiful sounding with a lot of memorable songs. Out of all of Katatonia’s releases in this style (discouraged ones, tonight’s decision, last fair deal gone down, viva emptiness) TD is probably the most laid back. They are all different and good. I would probably start with viva emptiness, then this, then LFDGD. It is hard to find discouraged ones but it doesn’t really matter when you get that. This is a worthy addition to any fans collection, and not a bad place to start if you’re new to katatonia. Unless, of course, you’re looking to hear their old death metal stuff.