Katatonia is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their beloved 2009 album “Night is the New Day” that has been packaged similarly to their previously released deluxe edition of their 2006 album “The Great Cold Distance.” This new deluxe box set of Night is the New Day contains 2CD’s, 1 DVD plus a 10” vinyl EP.
Along with the two CDs which contain the original album, B-sides, remixes and live tracks, it is the DVD which features the first ever 5.1 surround sound mix of the album in DTS 96kHz / 24-bit created by Bruce Soord that is of must interest to surround sound enthusiasts. The DVD also contains a high-resolution stereo mix in lossless PCM 96kHz / 24-bit, plus two promo videos. Vinyl fans wet their analog palate with “The Longest Year” EP pressed on 10” vinyl for the first time. The 48-page hard cover book features exclusive sleeve notes from journalist Dom Lawson and updated artwork from long-time collaborator Travis Smith.
Mikael Åkerfeldt from the band Opeth says, “Night Is The New Day as 'possibly the greatest ‘heavy’ record I have heard in the last 10 years... it truly is a masterpiece!” Fans will likely agree as the band maintains the heaviness and depth heard over their previous seven album, all while creating a more eclectic sound as they alternate between Prog moments, Doom, Folk and classic melodic anthems, each bearing the signature sound of Katatonia.
I have yet to pick up a copy of this release, and some have commented that the 5.1 mix is a bit harsh. Yet, it holds a good level of discreteness, providing for a good immersive listening experience. The dynamic prowess has been embellished by the band’s fuller use of the musical gamut, certainly making this release an edition fans will not want to miss.
2 CD, 1 DVD with 96kHz / 24-bit DTS 5.1 and 2.0 LPCM, plus 10" EP vinyl..
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.