Viva Emptiness

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.

Viva Emptiness
Katatonia VivaEmptiness cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
RecordedOctober – November 2002
Genre
Length52:45
LabelPeaceville
ProducerAnders Nyström, Jonas Renkse
Katatonia chronology
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
(2001)
Viva Emptiness
(2003)
The Great Cold Distance
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]

Musical styleEdit

Its main subjects are loneliness, social relations, crime, lying and depression. According to Allmusic, Viva Emptiness incorporates a mix of "dark gothic pop, crushing heavy rock, textured keyboards, lithe pop melodies, beautifully crafted songs with unique dynamics and sculpted sonic environments to surround them, and bleak, even morose subject matter."

ReleaseEdit

Viva Emptiness was released on April 29, 2003. The album was re-released in 2013. The re-release features new keyboard arrangements and was completely remixed and remastered by David Castillo, as the band wasn't satisfied with the overall sound and production of the original release. The track "Inside the City of Glass" features vocals and lyrics on this edition, compared to the instrumental version included in the original release. The song "Wait Outside" was also included as a bonus track, originally recorded during the album sessions, but was not released until 2005 on The Black Sessions.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Jonas Renkse; all music is composed by Renkse and Anders Nyström, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Ghost of the Sun"4:07
2."Sleeper"4:08
3."Criminals"3:47
4."A Premonition" (F. Norrman, Nyström, Renkse)3:33
5."Will I Arrive"4:09
6."Burn the Remembrance"5:22
7."Wealth"4:22
8."One Year from Now"4:02
9."Walking by a Wire"3:32
10."Complicity"4:01
11."Evidence"4:36
12."Omerta" (Renkse)2:58
13."Inside the City of Glass" (instrumental)4:08
Total length:52:45
10th anniversary edition
No.TitleLength
1."Ghost of the Sun"4:07
2."Sleeper"4:10
3."Criminals"3:50
4."A Premonition"3:34
5."Will I Arrive"4:07
6."Burn the Remembrance"5:25
7."Wealth"4:24
8."One Year from Now"4:04
9."Walking by a Wire"3:35
10."Complicity"4:05
11."Evidence"4:36
12."Omerta"3:00
13."Wait Outside"3:39
14."Inside the City of Glass"5:35
Total length:58:11

PersonnelEdit

Band
Production

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "The Best Metal Albums of 2006 - PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. Viva Emptiness at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Katatonia: Viva Emptiness" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 December 2021.