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Release date: 1996
Style: Death doom metal

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01. Brave
02. Murder
03. Day
04. Rainroom
05. 12
06. Endtime
07. Funeral Wedding [1997 re-issue bonus]
08. Shades Of Emerald Fields [1997 re-issue bonus]
09. For Funerals To Come [1997 re-issue bonus]
10. Epistel [1997 re-issue bonus]
11. Nowhere [2006 re-issue bonus]
12. At Last [2006 re-issue bonus]
13. Inside The Fall [2006 re-issue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 62

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Lyrics (6)


Additional info
Re-released by Century Black in 1997 including the "For Funerals To Come" EP from 1995 as bonus tracks.
Remastered and re-issued by Peaceville records in 2006, including the "Sounds Of Decay" EP from 1997 as bonus tracks.

Guest review by
Allen

Rating:
9.5
After the release of their debut recording and proceeding EP, Katatonia was put on a short hiatus by its' founding members, vocalist/drummer Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders (Blackheim) Nystrom. It was during this hiatus that the two would indulge in their individual side projects, October Tide and Diabolical Masquerade. With October Tide, Jonas would focus on the gothic/melancholic aspects of Katatonia's sound, while Diabolical Masquerade saw Anders exploring a more black metal approach with slight gothic overtones. When the two got back together to refocus on their main band, it was without original bass player Le Huche and with a newly acquired second guitarist, Fredrik Norrman. And it was refocusing that indeed took place, as the band's second album, Brave Murder Day, would see a reinvention of sorts for Katatonia, one that would be a second birth for the band and a foundation from where they would build upon with future endeavors. The most noticeable aspect of Brave Murder Day as compared to earlier material is the simplistic structuring of the songs. Katatonia have condensed their ideas and have utilized the "less is more" approach. The six songs that make up this album are all built upon simple rhythm foundations, over which weeping guitar harmonies are laid over minimalist musical themes. This is strikingly effective and often leaves the listener in a hypnotic trance. It's a more streamlined Katatonia, without the meandering and sometimes aimless wandering of the past. These compositions are strategically designed to pull the listener in and confront them with their loneliness, come face to face with life's darkness and to analyze their inner pain. It is a study in melancholy. Jonas's lyrics are just as the music; simple yet effective. Much improved over his words from the debut, these lyrics are from the heart, naked and honest. Bleak and deeply introspective:

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Deadmeat - 05.07.2010 at 10:51  
Rating: 8 There some moments on this album where it is shocking how much Katatonia is copying Paradise Lost. genarally it is a good album..
Kenos - 14.10.2010 at 14:43  
  Pure anguish... Pure decay.
BeastOfMetal456 - 29.07.2011 at 01:45  
  Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.
InnerSelf - 29.07.2011 at 01:59  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 01:45

Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.


This is a classic
BeastOfMetal456 - 29.07.2011 at 02:03  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 29.07.2011 at 01:59

Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 01:45

Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.


This is a classic

I just heard it today for the first time. After about 40 minutes of melancholy I decided that Katatonia was one of my important influences.
Here you go, I did this in the summer holiday:
http://www.4shared.com/file/vafSuiJ6/Polar_Bear_-_Freezing_Realms__.html
Atmospheric Black Metal. It sounds bad, I've playing for about a year without a guitar tutor. Hope you like it. Again, I apologize for any mistakes and guitar "slopiness".
I'd appreciate detailed feedback.
InnerSelf - 29.07.2011 at 02:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 02:03

Written by InnerSelf on 29.07.2011 at 01:59

Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 01:45

Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.


This is a classic

I just heard it today for the first time. After about 40 minutes of melancholy I decided that Katatonia was one of my important influences.
Here you go, I did this in the summer holiday:
http://www.4shared.com/file/vafSuiJ6/Polar_Bear_-_Freezing_Realms__.html
Atmospheric Black Metal. It sounds bad, I've playing for about a year without a guitar tutor. Hope you like it. Again, I apologize for any mistakes and guitar "slopiness".
I'd appreciate detailed feedback.


It influenced the beginning of Melodic Death Doom as a sub-genre, so yeah it was huge
will download it and PM you
BeastOfMetal456 - 29.07.2011 at 02:19  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 29.07.2011 at 02:14

Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 02:03

Written by InnerSelf on 29.07.2011 at 01:59

Written by Guest on 29.07.2011 at 01:45

Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.


This is a classic

I just heard it today for the first time. After about 40 minutes of melancholy I decided that Katatonia was one of my important influences.
Here you go, I did this in the summer holiday:
http://www.4shared.com/file/vafSuiJ6/Polar_Bear_-_Freezing_Realms__.html
Atmospheric Black Metal. It sounds bad, I've playing for about a year without a guitar tutor. Hope you like it. Again, I apologize for any mistakes and guitar "slopiness".
I'd appreciate detailed feedback.


It influenced the beginning of Melodic Death Doom as a sub-genre, so yeah it was huge
will download it and PM you

Thanks alot. You're cool!
musicalkaratekid - 14.09.2011 at 17:43  
Rating: 10 Their best album for me, so melodic and haunting. Their albums released after this were good, but this one is the band at their very best to be honest.
@gent_-_orange - 14.09.2011 at 23:49  
  Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.
BeastOfMetal456 - 22.09.2011 at 23:26  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 14.09.2011 at 23:49

Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.

Well, you missed out a behemoth of an album.
psykometal - 22.09.2011 at 23:34  
 
Written by Guest on 22.09.2011 at 23:26

Written by @gent_-_orange on 14.09.2011 at 23:49

Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.

Well, you missed out a behemoth of an album.

But Beast you hate Behemoth
This a truly great album...
BeastOfMetal456 - 22.09.2011 at 23:41  
 
Written by psykometal on 22.09.2011 at 23:34

Written by Guest on 22.09.2011 at 23:26

Written by @gent_-_orange on 14.09.2011 at 23:49

Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.

Well, you missed out a behemoth of an album.

But Beast you hate Behemoth
This a truly great album...

Behemoth means "Beast" here. You know, the mythical beast called Behemoth?
psykometal - 23.09.2011 at 00:41  
 
Written by Guest on 22.09.2011 at 23:41

Written by psykometal on 22.09.2011 at 23:34

Written by Guest on 22.09.2011 at 23:26

Written by @gent_-_orange on 14.09.2011 at 23:49

Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.

Well, you missed out a behemoth of an album.

But Beast you hate Behemoth
This a truly great album...

Behemoth means "Beast" here. You know, the mythical beast called Behemoth?

You mean Nergal right?
BeastOfMetal456 - 23.09.2011 at 14:29  
 
Written by psykometal on 23.09.2011 at 00:41

You mean Nergal right?

Nergal is the name of a Babylonian god. Behemoth is a mythical creature mentioned somewhere.
psykometal - 23.09.2011 at 19:39  
 
Written by Guest on 23.09.2011 at 14:29

Written by psykometal on 23.09.2011 at 00:41

You mean Nergal right?

Nergal is the name of a Babylonian god. Behemoth is a mythical creature mentioned somewhere.

Lol. Behemoth was a creature in the bible.
BeastOfMetal456 - 24.09.2011 at 00:33  
 
Written by psykometal on 23.09.2011 at 19:39

Lol. Behemoth is mentioned in the bible.

Ironically!
psykometal - 24.09.2011 at 01:42  
 
Written by Guest on 24.09.2011 at 00:33

Written by psykometal on 23.09.2011 at 19:39

Lol. Behemoth is mentioned in the bible.

Ironically!

Uh...you changed my quote?!
BeastOfMetal456 - 24.09.2011 at 01:43  
 
Written by psykometal on 24.09.2011 at 01:42

Uh...you changed my quote?!

I deleted it accidently so I wrote something from my mind!
psykometal - 24.09.2011 at 03:38  
 
Quote:
Quote:

I deleted it accidently so I wrote something from my mind!

Haha. You could have just refreshed the page to get my words back, lol...
NocturnalStalker - 05.02.2012 at 18:02  
Rating: 9 One of my favourite Katatonia albums. The music is really dark and Mike's growls compliment it perfectly.
Kenos - 05.02.2012 at 18:07  
  Pure anguish.
doom777 - 09.03.2012 at 16:00  
Rating: 10 Incredible album!
rafikfromnowhere - 25.06.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 10 Still wonder what it would've sounded like if renkse did the vocals somehow
Dentura - 07.08.2012 at 01:51  
Rating: 8 An Excellent album indeed, however Im not really into the albums drum sound (too clicky for my taste), I much prefer the previous DoDS' explosive drum sound (I understand it wouldn't really work with the hypnotic vibe of this album though). I believe the drum sound on Discouraged Ones is actually much better sounding (more crunch to it) yet still keeping that amazing hypnotic vibe. Also I don't think Murder is as strong as the other five tracks (but still good), and I would have loved to have heard more of Jonas' clean vocals, since he makes the band for me and the album feels incomplete without a more balanced use of his cleans. Those are just nitpicks though.
Opethian - 12.11.2012 at 22:25  
Rating: 9 Love this album! Mikeal's vocals are amazing and the constant flow of energy on this record is wall to wall praise! A timeless classic and a very memorable release
Erik M. - 28.12.2012 at 17:56  
Rating: 10
Written by Deadmeat on 05.07.2010 at 10:51

There some moments on this album where it is shocking how much Katatonia is copying Paradise Lost. genarally it is a good album..


I'm definitely not hearing that. And none of PL's albums come even close to the quality of this masterpiece.

That being said, at first I thought the last three tracks were just a part of this album, but I later found out it's actually an EP (Sounds Of Decay) that was added to this album. Those tracks do make me like this album more, since it's longer and even more impressive, as well as having the same style as the album (6 songs) itself.
Deadmeat - 29.12.2012 at 22:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 28.12.2012 at 17:56

Written by Deadmeat on 05.07.2010 at 10:51

There some moments on this album where it is shocking how much Katatonia is copying Paradise Lost. genarally it is a good album..


I'm definitely not hearing that. And none of PL's albums come even close to the quality of this masterpiece.

That being said, at first I thought the last three tracks were just a part of this album, but I later found out it's actually an EP (Sounds Of Decay) that was added to this album. Those tracks do make me like this album more, since it's longer and even more impressive, as well as having the same style as the album (6 songs) itself.

after a quick listen i can easily find some leads (as in songs "Brave" and "Murder") who look so much like the leads on paradise losts "Gothic".
Dentura - 02.01.2013 at 03:44  
Rating: 8
Written by rafikfromnowhere on 25.06.2012 at 22:04

Still wonder what it would've sounded like if renkse did the vocals somehow


I know they did an earlier version of the 5th track "12" which was called "Black Erotica", Renkse does the vocals on that version. It's not much different from the Brave Murder Day version, just more "gothic" and "keyboard heavy".
Lit. - 02.02.2013 at 20:42  
  God, that riff on Brave has to be one of the most depressing things I've ever heard.
Jaeryd17‍ - 19.03.2013 at 13:35  
Rating: 8 I love "Day". It invokes a deep sense of resurfacing sorrows; long-forgotten agonies--coming back from the waves we drowned them under--to be washed up along the shore of our dreams. Terribly gloomy and beautiful.
deadone - 11.04.2014 at 09:16  
Rating: 6 This stuff's ok but I don't understand why people regard it as so mind blowing.

It plods along in bits and I always found the guitar sound a bit gutless for what it was trying to do.


EDIT: Just dawned to me that maybe people love it cause a certain fellow called Lars does vocals on it.
mz - 11.04.2014 at 10:48  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 11.04.2014 at 09:16

I don't understand why people regard it as so mind blowing.



Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you don't like doom metal in general.
God Alone - 11.04.2014 at 15:05  
Rating: 10 11/10.
Alex Fenger - 13.04.2014 at 18:07  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 11.04.2014 at 09:16

This stuff's ok but I don't understand why people regard it as so mind blowing.
It plods along in bits and I always found the guitar sound a bit gutless for what it was trying to do
EDIT: Just dawned to me that maybe people love it cause a certain fellow called Lars does vocals on it.

This release definitely doesn't "plod along", or at least not in my eyes. What you may see as meandering, many see as building atmosphere or even tension. Also, I love this album, and I find pretty much everything else Mikael Akerfeldt ("Lars") does horribly boring/overrated, so that's a pretty shitty argument.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.04.2014 at 18:19  
Rating: 9 Yeah I think the Akerfeldt accusation is pretty off imo. Fairly sure this would be as liked had it been done by another vocalist (who sounded the same), but resorting to weak and throwaway "analyses" like that as a way of explanation highlights a sizeable gap in the OP's knowledge and ability to reason using appropriate understanding.

And as mz pointed out, if you don't like doom and the genre concepts behind it you aren't going to like this, so I don't understand the incredulousness of the original comment, unless the OP wants to expand on what he thinks people think they want from doom in general (because doom never plods along, does it...).


Now excuse me while I arbitrarily wander into a power metal album thread and exclaim my lack of understanding as to why people find said album so good.
Alex Fenger - 13.04.2014 at 23:45  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.04.2014 at 18:19

And as mz pointed out, if you don't like doom and the genre concepts behind it you aren't going to like this, so I don't understand the incredulousness of the original comment, unless the OP wants to expand on what he thinks people think they want from doom in general (because doom never plods along, does it...).

Completely true. As much as I love controversy and arguments, I don't see the value of going to a page for a highly-regarded album in its' field to belittle it despite having no interest in the genre.
deadone - 14.04.2014 at 01:49  
Rating: 6
Written by Alex Fenger on 13.04.2014 at 23:45

Completely true. As much as I love controversy and arguments, I don't see the value of going to a page for a highly-regarded album in its' field to belittle it despite having no interest in the genre.



Cause we all have to have the same opinion and spend our days sucking up each other arses?


I don't understand why people even bother with forums if they can't hack opinion's other than their own.


I don't like this album and don't understand the appeal.


And why don't you go and attack people ala Lit. etc who do the same?

At least I don't tell him to fuck off when he berates some album or genre I like.
Troy Killjoy - 14.04.2014 at 02:58  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 14.04.2014 at 01:49
I don't understand why people even bother with forums if they can't hack opinion's other than their own.

I think people are taking issue with the fact that you made (incorrect) assumptions about why this album is highly regarded. The way you critiqued it made it seem like you probably don't enjoy or have much experience with doom, so while your assumptions might be worth arguing I think most people here should ultimately take what you have to say with a grain of salt. That's how I see it anyway.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.04.2014 at 03:52  
Rating: 9 In other words, and by deadone's own token about not being able to hack other's opinions, people shouldn't get pissy when they get called out on their bullshit generalisations which attempt to reduce people's tastes to total fanboyism, instead of actually trying to engage with the topic at hand on at least a reasonable level Your apparent lack of understanding of the genre led swiftly to your only recourse, which was to basically attack everyone else's tastes. It was a lame comment, devoid of any real insight. If you don't like being told that then don't comment, and certainly don't play the victim card.
Lit. - 14.04.2014 at 04:21  
 
Written by deadone on 14.04.2014 at 01:49

And why don't you go and attack people ala Lit. etc who do the same?

At least I don't tell him to fuck off when he berates some album or genre I like.

Because...

a) I like this album, and I don't bash bands/albums/genres I don't listen to. When I hate something (or someone in your case), I usually have a valid reason to. I don't give out low scores to albums just cause I want to be hipster-level different or stir up controversy for no real reason then, as Joe says, "play the victim card."

b) Compared to you, people actually like me (or at least tolerate, which is also good).
deadone - 14.04.2014 at 04:31  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.04.2014 at 02:58

Written by deadone on 14.04.2014 at 01:49
I don't understand why people even bother with forums if they can't hack opinion's other than their own.

I think people are taking issue with the fact that you made (incorrect) assumptions about why this album is highly regarded. The way you critiqued it made it seem like you probably don't enjoy or have much experience with doom, so while your assumptions might be worth arguing I think most people here should ultimately take what you have to say with a grain of salt. That's how I see it anyway.



I'll stand by my opinion: this shit is decidedly average with gutless guitars and not a single decent riff in sight .

Fuck, take the growls out and you're left with a gutless, repetitive "rock" band whose only emotion is being depressed. If they're so depressed, they could do the world a favour by chomping on some shot gun barrels and pulling the trigger.


As for not much experience with doom, it may be true but Doom has fucking huge guitars and/or huge riffs. Check out MDB's As the Flower Withers or early Candlemass.

Even PL's early death doom stuff (which I don't like) had a huge guitar sound and riffs galore.
Alex Fenger - 14.04.2014 at 15:17  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 14.04.2014 at 01:49

Cause we all have to have the same opinion and spend our days sucking up each other arses?
I don't understand why people even bother with forums if they can't hack opinion's other than their own.
I don't like this album and don't understand the appeal.
And why don't you go and attack people ala Lit. etc who do the same?
At least I don't tell him to fuck off when he berates some album or genre I like.

Let me see if you can understand this. You comment on an album page and question why anyone would enjoy it, and then state that it's probably simply because of one certain member who happens to have a successful career in a different band, essentially de-validating everyone's opinions. I would have no issue with you criticizing albums and bands if you simply stuck to the musical aspects, but you always feel the need to throw some bullshit into the mix to cause controversy. I'm sorry if I offended you, but unfortunately, you offended me when you stated that the only reason anyone would enjoy this album is because of Akerfeldt.

Edit: I'm also sorry that this seems to have turned into a "deadone" bashing thread, we should get back on the topic of this brilliant album

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