Last updated

EP by
ReleasedApril 19, 2014 [1]
Label Peaceville [2]
Katatonia chronology
Dead End Kings
The Fall of Hearts

Kocytean is an EP by Swedish metal band Katatonia. The album was released on April 19, 2014, as part of the 2014 iteration of Record Store Day. The release consists of a collection of six B-side songs from their prior three albums at the time - The Great Cold Distance (2006), Night is the New Day (2009), and Dead End Kings (2012). While given a limited release, it was still generally praised by critics.


Background and release

The Kocytean EP was compiled and released for the 2014 iteration of Record Store Day, a yearly event where band create a limited edition release strictly a small businesses dedicated to releasing music. [3] The releases consists of six tracks, featuring two B-side songs each from each of their last three studio albums at the time. The tracks "Unfurl" and "Code Against the Code" originate from The Great Cold Distance sessions, "Sold Heart" and "Ashen" originate from the Night is the New Day sessions," and "Second" and "The Act of Darkening" originate from the Dead End Kings sessions. [4] The release features album artwork from Travis Smith, who had previously created cover art for the band. [4] The EP was released just before the band embarked on the "Unplugged & Reworked Tour", which was in support of the just prior released Dethroned & Uncrowned - an acoustic re-recording of their ninth album Dead End Kings - something journalists felt Kocytean was an extension considering the more mellow nature of several of the EP's tracks. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Dead Press UKStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Ultimate Guitar Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]

The album was generally well-received by critics. Dead Press UK praised the album's similar sound to Dethroned & Uncrowned, concluding that "Despite these tracks being taken from a whole host of Katatonia‘s previous albums, each one maintains the same spark of brilliance....it’s evident that a great deal of consideration goes into producing these highly intelligent and stirring songs. Whether you’re doing some soul searching or need a thought-provoking soundtrack to a gloomy winter day, Kocytean is a good place to start." [5] The Ultimate Guitar staff review praised the lyrics and elaborate sound, concluding that "As the tracks are rare and B-sides you may already own several of them if you are a big fan of the band, and that may be discouraging, but I honestly feel like this is a worthwhile release." [7]

Track list

All lyrics are written by Jonas Renkse.

1."Unfurl" (from The Great Cold Distance sessions)4:46
2."Sold Heart" (from Night is the New Day sessions)4:34
3."Ashen" (from Night is the New Day sessions)4:09
4."Second" (from Dead End Kings sessions)3:34
5."Code Against the Code" (from The Great Cold Distance sessions)3:35
6."The Act of Darkening" (from Dead End Kings sessions)5:55
Total length:26:00



Related Research Articles

Mikael Åkerfeldt Swedish musician

Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive metal band Opeth, and the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath. He was also guitarist for the "one-off" band Steel, and is part of the collaboration Storm Corrosion with Steven Wilson.

Katatonia Swedish metal band

Katatonia are a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a studio-only project for the duo, as an outlet for the band's love of death metal. Increasing popularity led them to add more band members for live performances, though outside of the band's founders, the lineup was a constantly changing, revolving door of musicians throughout the 1990s, notably including Mikael Åkerfeldt of the band Opeth for a period. After two death/doom albums, Dance of December Souls (1993) and Brave Murder Day (1996), problems with Renkse's vocal cords coupled with new musical influences led the band away from the screamed vocals of death metal to a more traditional, melodic form of heavy metal music.

Jonas Renkse

Jonas Petter Renkse is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist and ex-drummer of the band Katatonia, founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist (2004) of the band Bloodbath. He was also the founding member, drummer, vocalist, guitarist & songwriter of the band October Tide.

<i>Brave Murder Day</i> 1996 studio album by Katatonia

Brave Murder Day is Katatonia's second full-length album, released in 1996 by Avantgarde Music.

<i>Discouraged Ones</i> 1998 studio album by Katatonia

Discouraged Ones is the third full-length album by Katatonia. The album was released on April 27, 1998. This is the only Katatonia album with bassist Micke Oretoft. It is also their last release with Jonas Renkse on drums; on future releases, he would focus on being the band's lead vocalist and contributing additional guitar work. According to Renkse, Discouraged Ones had sold roughly 20,000 copies as of 2001.

Anders Nyström

Anders Nyström, also known as Blakkheim, is a Swedish musician.

<i>Last Fair Deal Gone Down</i> (album) 2001 studio album by Katatonia

Last Fair Deal Gone Down is the fifth studio album by Swedish band Katatonia, released in 2001 by Peaceville Records. The release was the first of a series of four albums done by the band with a stable line up of Jonas Renkse, Anders Nyström, Fredrik Norrman, Mattias Norrman, and Daniel Liljekvist, after years of lineup and role changes with prior albums.

<i>Viva Emptiness</i> 2003 studio album by Katatonia

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.

<i>Saw You Drown</i> 1998 EP by Katatonia

Saw You Drown is an extended play released by Katatonia in 1998, limited to 1500 handnumbered copies. In 2005, it was re-issued on clear/blue wax 10" LP in 1000 hand-numbered copies.

<i>Sounds of Decay</i> 1997 EP by Katatonia

Sounds of Decay is a three-song EP released by Katatonia in 1997. The front cover is a screenshot of a decrepit god, taken from the movie Begotten.

<i>The Great Cold Distance</i> 2006 studio album by Katatonia

The Great Cold Distance is the seventh full-length album by Swedish metal band Katatonia, released on 13 March 2006. The album was recorded and mixed at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro between May and August 2005.

Tonights Music

Tonight's Music is a song by Swedish band Katatonia, released in 2001 as the only single from their fifth studio album Last Fair Deal Gone Down.

<i>The Black Sessions</i> 2005 compilation album by Katatonia

The Black Sessions is the second greatest hits compilation album by Swedish metal band Katatonia, released on February 21, 2005 through Peaceville. The compilation includes hit songs, B-sides and rarities recorded on the band's previous studio albums. A live DVD for the band performing in Krakow, Poland in April 2003 is also included in the compilation.

<i>Brave Yester Days</i> 2004 greatest hits album by Katatonia

Brave Yester Days is a 2-disc best-of album by Katatonia. It contains the material from Katatonia's older era, mainly consisting of death/doom material, and a few alternative rock songs.

<i>Live Consternation</i> 2007 live album by Katatonia

Live Consternation is a live album and video by Swedish heavy metal band Katatonia, released in both CD and DVD format through Peaceville Records, on 28 May 2007. The double album features a live performance recorded at Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air festival, on 17 August 2006. The artwork was designed by Travis Smith and is close to the visual concept for The Great Cold Distance.

October Tide

October Tide is a Swedish death/doom metal side project that was created in 1994 by Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse and then-Katatonia guitarist Fred Norrman.

<i>Night Is the New Day</i> 2009 studio album by Katatonia

Night Is the New Day is Katatonia's eighth full-length album. It was released 2 November 2009, in Europe and 10 November 2009, in North America through Peaceville Records. Thirteen tracks were recorded, eleven of which made it onto the record. The band describes the material as "Our most varied, diverse and possibly strongest shit all together on one and the same album". "Idle Blood" had the working title "Kozelek", named after Mark Kozelek, a member of Red House Painters, which is one Katatonia's influences. This is the last Katatonia release with the Norrman brothers.

<i>Teargas</i> (EP) 2001 EP by Katatonia

Teargas EP is a three song EP by Katatonia. It was released by Peaceville Records and Snapper Music on 20 February 2001. This is the first release to feature new members Mattias Norrman and Daniel Liljekvist, which solidified the band's lineup as a quintet for the following decade, until after their November 2009 release Night Is the New Day. This EP is featured on their compilation album release The Black Sessions.

<i>Dead End Kings</i> 2012 studio album by Katatonia

Dead End Kings is Katatonia's ninth full-length album. It was released on 27 August 2012 in Europe and 28 August in the U.S. through Peaceville Records. Like all Katatonia releases, the album was written primarily by founding members Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band went through a number of lineup changes, making the album the first to feature bassist Niklas Sandin, the only album to feature second guitarist Per Eriksson, and the last to feature drummer Daniel Liljekvist.

<i>The Fall of Hearts</i> 2016 studio album by Katatonia

The Fall of Hearts is the tenth studio album by Swedish rock band Katatonia. It was released on 20 May 2016. The album, mostly written and produced by founding members Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, was the first to also feature new members Daniel Moilanen and Roger Öjersson. The album moved in a more progressive rock direction than prior albums, and was generally well received by critics. Two singles were released in promotion of the album, "Old Heart Falls", and "Serein".


  1. wookubus (March 20, 2014). "2014 'Record Store Day' Releases Announced, Slipknot, †††, Mastodon & More Taking Part - Theprp.com – Metal And Hardcore News Plus Reviews And More". Theprp.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  2. "Kocytean 12 - Katatonia - Releases - AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. "Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List)". Billboard . Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Stickler, Jon. "Katatonia Announce Two UK Shows And Details Of Record Store Day Release - Stereoboard". stereoboard.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 "EP: Katatonia – Kocytean" . Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  6. "Video: KATATONIA Performs In Amstelveen During 'Unplugged & Reworked' Tour". Blabbermouth. May 12, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 "Katatonia: Kocytean [EP] - Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.com" . Retrieved November 23, 2016.