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Katatonia: Last Fair Day Gone Night

Live proof of the band’s pre-eminence.

This is almost a box set release, such is its sprawling content.

Four discs – two CDs and two DVDs – and a large booklet, are here to celebrate the Swedish band’s 20th anniversary. Filmed at Koko in London during 2011, it’s a captivating presentation of Katatonia’s skills as they play two sets. The first commemorates the 10th anniversary of their landmark album Last Fair Day Gone Night, which is played in its entirety. Not only a reminder of why this is so highly regarded by long-time fans, it’s also an opportunity for Katatonia to add an extra dimension to the flair and ingenuity of the studio original. The band don’t simply apply the recorded values of the time but instead redefine the songs, making them even more intriguing than they were in their original form. The second set takes in other compositions from their career, spanning albums like Brave Murder Day and Night Is The New Day. It all works supremely, whether visually or on audio, and the performance is concentrated and entrancing throughout. To add to the package, there’s also an extensive documentary on the band’s history, tracing this through the thoughts of Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. A superb celebration of Katatonia.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.