Katatonia: Last Fair Day Gone Night

Celebrating 20 years of melancholic mastery

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When Katatonia unveiled Last Fair Deal Gone Down in 2001, it served as the first taste of what they were

To celebrate, the band performed the album on their 20th anniversary tour 10 years later and this four-disc set contains audio and video footage from their headline performance at London’s Koko, as well as a rare documentary on their career narrated by singer Jonas Renkse, guitarist Anders Nyström and long-serving ex-drummer Daniel Liljekvist. Contrasting high-contrast treatments against grainy black-and-white close-ups and flickering oxidisation effects, the footage is simply breathtaking, Jonas’s glassy baritone being the only guiding light through their black cloud of morbid majesty. After the heavy-hearted symphonies of the first set, the second sees them explore other misery-soaked gems over their legacy, from the death metal exploits of their early years through to more recent atmospheric-led musings such as My Twin and Forsaker. Whether you’re a dabbler or a diehard, this mediabook designed by long-time collaborator Travis Smith captures Stockholm’s dark knights at their pain-inflicted best.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).