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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #20-16

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us close to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Backtrack – Katatonia – Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Sweden’s Katatonia are about to crack the 20-year mark in December 2011.  They will be playing all the major Scandinavian cities culminating with a headlining show in their hometown of Stockholm.  Katatonia will perform with both current and former members.  The collaboration is promising to be a spectacular Katatonia 20-year anniversary show.

If you have been a fan of Katatonia since the beginning, you know they were much different than they are today, especially in the vocals.  What used to be harsh growling vocals has evolved into a range that is clean, crisp, and haunting.  The transition happened around 1996 when Brave Murder Day was released.  The harsh vocal range took its toll on singer Jonas Renkse.  Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt stepped in to record the (harsh) vocals.  The next Katatonia album, Discouraged Ones released in 1998, was where Renkse’s vocals made the transition to a much cleaner style, which was a big risk for the band at the time.  I’d have to say, ultimately it paid off.

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