Saw You Drown

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1998's Saw You Drown EP ushered in a new phase in Katatonia's career. Gone were the crude doom/death elements partly pioneered (along with England's Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost) by the group's early-'90s releases, as well as the slightly sped-up, more straightforward death efforts of the mid-'90s, to be replaced by a new-fangled sort of clean-sung goth metal. As heard in new songs like "Nerve," the title track, and the amazingly mellow "Quiet World," the exact recipe for this new concoction was still in need of further testing through trial and error. Specifically, the "error" category would apply to the excessively Sisters of Mercy-reliant, ten-minute epic "Scarlet Heavens," which, to be fair, had actually been recorded a whole three years earlier. Also, this and other songs here featured enough daring innovations to be commendable in themselves, and certainly laid the foundation for Katatonia's ultimate achievement of their gothic goals. [Saw You Drown was later included in 2004's Brave Yester Days collection.]

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