Air Not Meant For Us is a masterpiece of modern melodic death metal, plain and simple.
It’s the ever-so-apparent musicianship and obvious close study of metal that seems to allow this foursome to give us nine tracks of brilliance. Even with all the influences you can clearly hear in Ontological Mysterium, it’s hard to say this record is like anything else out there.
If you evaluate each song individually on their musical merits, they are all excellent. But what Katatonia has always been able to do ... is to also build an emotional connection and resonance in their songs that has an exponential effect, making for a sum greater than its parts.
What you're getting is a band that knows how to write a riff, knows how to write a song, is clearly open to new things this far into their career, and is having a great time doing it. 72 Seasons is worth your time, and is a worth entry into the band's legendary catalog.
Dance Devil Dance is a bold experiment that comes back with mixed results.
Take Me Back to Eden largely feels like a collection of generic compositions that—despite having some Sleep Token sheen—could've been created by any number of other artists.
Beyond being an essential entry into Insomnium's catalog, Anno 1696 is a highpoint of modern Finnish melodic death metal as a whole.