Stylistically the music on "Kocytean" isn´t at all surprising if you are familiar with the 2006 - 2012 period of Katatonia´s discography. The tracks are maybe slightly more quirky in nature than the "regular" album tracks from the same period, but they aren´t odd or experimental in nature as some B-side/bonus tracks sometimes are. The most unusual tracks on "Kocytean" are "Unfurl", which features some electronic trip-hop type beats, which reminds me of fellow Swedes in Paatos, and the closing "The Act of Darkening", which is a more acoustic-oriented track than what we usually hear from the band. But the music style is overall still dark and depressive rock/metal like Katatoniahave played for many years now. There are some heavy parts featured on "Kocytean", especially on "Ashen", but it´s generally not the band´s most heavy release.
"Kocytean" is well-produced, and although the six tracks were recorded at different recording sessions, there´s still a stylistic red thread that seamlessly binds the tracks together to a coherent release. While most of the tracks featured on "Kocytean" could easily have been included on the band´s full-length studio albums, I still think the little extra quirks are quite charming, and make most of them stand out a little more than your regular Katatonia track.
Weight: 110 Grams