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Release date: 14 December 1993
Style: Blackened doom metal

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01. Seven Dreaming Souls
02. Gateways Of Bereavement
03. In Silence Enshrined
04. Without God
05. Elohim Meth
06. Velvet Thorns (Of Drynwhyl)
07. Tomb Of Insomnia
08. Dancing December
09. Midwinter Gates (Prologue) [2007 Re-Release bonus]
10. Without God [2007 Re-Release bonus]
11. Palace Of Frost [2007 Re-Release bonus]
12. The Northern Silence [2007 Re-Release bonus]
13. Crimson Tears (Epilogue) [2007 Re-Release bonus]

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Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Jonas Renkse - drums, vocals
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström - bass, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Guillaume "Israphel Wing" Le Huche - bass

Session musicians
Dan Erland Swanö - keyboards

Guest review by
Allen

Rating:
8.0
Sorrow. Despair. Darkness. The essence of Katatonia and the inspiration behind their debut album, Dance Of December Souls. An album so dark, so morose, that no smiling face or joyful soul could hope to escape its effects. It's here where Jonas Renkse (aka Lord J.Renkse) and Anders Nystrom (aka Blackheim) took the foundation of Paradise Lost's classic Gothic album and injected it with even more darkness and misery.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (33)

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musicalkaratekid - 25.09.2011 at 20:51  
Rating: 7 Not a bad album to start with,but bands as successful as katatonia have to start somewhere. On the whole a good album,but a couple of tracks can become tedious very quickly.
InnerSelf - 25.09.2011 at 22:05  
Rating: 9
Written by musicalkaratekid on 25.09.2011 at 20:51

Not a bad album to start with,but bands as successful as katatonia have to start somewhere. On the whole a good album,but a couple of tracks can become tedious very quickly.


Some might argue that this is their best album
Ozman - 25.09.2011 at 23:13  
Rating: 7
Written by InnerSelf on 25.09.2011 at 22:05

Written by musicalkaratekid on 25.09.2011 at 20:51

Not a bad album to start with,but bands as successful as katatonia have to start somewhere. On the whole a good album,but a couple of tracks can become tedious very quickly.


Some might argue that this is their best album


I will argue that Brave Murder Days is their best and that this one comes in good second.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.09.2011 at 23:15  
Rating: 8 I'd happily chuck this Viva and Brave all in at 1st place to be honest.
Ozman - 25.09.2011 at 23:15  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.09.2011 at 23:15

I'd happily chuck this Viva and Brave all in at 1st place to be honest.


Viva is up their too for me. The differences aren't too big quality wise between those three.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.09.2011 at 23:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:15


Viva is up their too for me. The differences aren't too big quality wise between those three.

Yep, but their styles are which is really nice. Three great examples of three quite different approaches to doom and melancholic music.
Ozman - 25.09.2011 at 23:25  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.09.2011 at 23:23

Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:15


Viva is up their too for me. The differences aren't too big quality wise between those three.

Yep, but their styles are which is really nice. Three great examples of three quite different approaches to doom and melancholic music.



Yes, indeed. Actually if you own these three that's enough to hear from Katatonia cause those three represent their three style best.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.09.2011 at 23:35  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:25

Yep, but their styles are which is really nice. Three great examples of three quite different approaches to doom and melancholic music.



Yes, indeed. Actually if you own these three that's enough to hear from Katatonia cause those three represent their three style best.

I occasionally listen to odd songs from Discouraged, Tonight and Last Deal and the EP that came after Brave but yeah, they're the only albums I really listen to on the whole.
musicalkaratekid - 25.09.2011 at 23:44  
Rating: 7 Yeah i agree. I like all of katatonia's albums but their earlier works do it for me.
Slayer666 - 26.09.2011 at 10:50  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 25.09.2011 at 22:05

Written by musicalkaratekid on 25.09.2011 at 20:51

Not a bad album to start with,but bands as successful as katatonia have to start somewhere. On the whole a good album,but a couple of tracks can become tedious very quickly.


Some might argue that this is their best album


Here, here. By far their best. Hell, even my favorite Doom album of all times, with very little chance of anything topping it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that to happen, though, because it would mean that I would never need another Doom record again.
InnerSelf - 26.09.2011 at 17:59  
Rating: 9
Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:13

I will argue that Brave Murder Days is their best and that this one comes in good second.


I would pick Brave over this everyday

Written by Slayer666 on 26.09.2011 at 10:50

Here, here. By far their best. Hell, even my favorite Doom album of all times, with very little chance of anything topping it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that to happen, though, because it would mean that I would never need another Doom record again.


It is not only top quality but also really influential too, I keep hearing those riffs in many Doom albums
@gent_-_orange - 08.12.2011 at 17:24  
Rating: 9 Stunning Death/Doom, Beaten only by Brave Murder Day in Katatonia's Discography.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.12.2011 at 17:54  
Rating: 8
Written by @gent_-_orange on 08.12.2011 at 17:24

Stunning Death/Doom, Beaten only by Brave Murder Day in Katatonia's Discography.

Actually I think most would call this blackened doom
@gent_-_orange - 09.12.2011 at 01:18  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.12.2011 at 17:54

Written by @gent_-_orange on 08.12.2011 at 17:24

Stunning Death/Doom, Beaten only by Brave Murder Day in Katatonia's Discography.

Actually I think most would call this blackened doom

Damn Sub-Genres TBH I dont really hear the "Blackened" elements, Regardless this is great stuff.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2011 at 01:20  
Rating: 8
Written by @gent_-_orange on 09.12.2011 at 01:18


Damn Sub-Genres TBH I dont really hear the "Blackened" elements, Regardless this is great stuff.

Pretty much just the vocals really. That's often enough for inclusion in a sub-genre and I think (I may be wrong) this album is considered amongst the very first blackened doom albums.
Troy Killjoy - 09.12.2011 at 01:26  
  I wouldn't call this blackened doom. :/
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2011 at 02:46  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.12.2011 at 01:26

I wouldn't call this blackened doom. :/

I'm fairly sure I've read a few accounts of this being a progenitor to the blackened doom sphere. It certainly isn't totally so by today's standards but you could argue there's a proto- element in it.

In any light wiki has blackened doom mentioned, and we all know how much we believe in wikipedia. Also Discogs.
Troy Killjoy - 09.12.2011 at 02:49  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.12.2011 at 02:46
In any light wiki has blackened doom mentioned, and we all know how much we believe in wikipedia. Also Discogs.

I've always thought of this and The Revival EP as pure death doom. It's been a while since I've listened to either though; maybe my opinion would change if I listened to them again.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2011 at 02:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.12.2011 at 02:49

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.12.2011 at 02:46
In any light wiki has blackened doom mentioned, and we all know how much we believe in wikipedia. Also Discogs.

I've always thought of this and The Revival EP as pure death doom. It's been a while since I've listened to either though; maybe my opinion would change if I listened to them again.

Death doom is often largely defined by its vocals and Renkse has far more in common with black here (compared to Akerfeldt's largely death growls). I'm sticking with 'pedia and the discogs.
Troy Killjoy - 09.12.2011 at 02:54  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.12.2011 at 02:52
Death doom is often largely defined by its vocals and Renkse has far more in common with black here (compared to Akerfeldt's largely death growls). I'm sticking with 'pedia and the discogs.

If anything this has at least given me an excuse to listen to early Katatonia tonight.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2011 at 02:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.12.2011 at 02:54

If anything this has at least given me an excuse to listen to early Katatonia tonight.

Go for it, I'm doing it now. This could be one of those instances where I've always blindly thought this of the blackened variety but not given it much thought. Doesn't seem to be much on the net in general to confirm it.
JÄY - 09.12.2011 at 03:27  
Rating: 9 I could understand someone calling this blackened... It's Death/Doom to me tho
Ozman - 09.12.2011 at 03:34  
Rating: 7 Proto blackemed doom this is. brave murder day is death doom. Both in terms of vocals and in terms of music.
NocturnalStalker - 05.02.2012 at 14:29  
Rating: 8 I totally agree with this album being one of the three strongest Katatonia records up to date, along with Brave Murder Day and Viva Emptiness.
There are some really beautiful and melancholic riffs present here, and Renkse's rasp sound pretty wicked.
@gent_-_orange - 09.05.2012 at 22:58  
Rating: 9 Only recently I realised this is the Katatonia album I come back to the most, This is their best album, Brave Murder Day is great of course but this just beats it IMO.
Kenos - 10.05.2012 at 00:12  
  Their best, along with Brave Murder Day, Discouraged Ones, Tonight's Decision, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Viva Emptiness, The Great Cold Distance, Night Is The New Day and probably the forthcoming new album.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.05.2012 at 00:16  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 10.05.2012 at 00:12

Their best, along with Brave Murder Day, Discouraged Ones, Tonight's Decision, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Viva Emptiness, The Great Cold Distance, Night Is The New Day and probably the forthcoming new album.

Yeah, Katatonia's other albums suck.
Cuca Beludo - 15.07.2012 at 22:26  
  Not bad at all I disliked the vocals a bit, anyway.
@gent_-_orange - 15.07.2012 at 22:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 15.07.2012 at 22:26

Not bad at all I disliked the vocals a bit, anyway.

Really?, I think they are great, and tbh I'd would have loved to hear Jonas doing harsh vocals on Brave Murder Day as well. But that's just me dreaming.
Cuca Beludo - 15.07.2012 at 22:50  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 15.07.2012 at 22:46

Written by Guest on 15.07.2012 at 22:26

Not bad at all I disliked the vocals a bit, anyway.

Really?, I think they are great, and tbh I'd would have loved to hear Jonas doing harsh vocals on Brave Murder Day as well. But that's just me dreaming.


Brave Murder Day has clean vocals?? If so, I'm gonna check it out.
@gent_-_orange - 15.07.2012 at 22:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 15.07.2012 at 22:50

Written by @gent_-_orange on 15.07.2012 at 22:46

Written by Guest on 15.07.2012 at 22:26

Not bad at all I disliked the vocals a bit, anyway.

Really?, I think they are great, and tbh I'd would have loved to hear Jonas doing harsh vocals on Brave Murder Day as well. But that's just me dreaming.


Brave Murder Day has clean vocals?? If so, I'm gonna check it out.

Some clean done by Renske but mostly harsh done by Mikael Akerfeldt, Since Renske blew his voice box if I remember correctly.
IronAngel - 16.07.2012 at 00:02  
Rating: 9 I like this way better than Brave Murder Day myself. I never really got into that album as big-time as into some of their others. This, Discouraged Ones and Viva are my top three, I guess. I do think LFDGD is very strong too, though - no idea why it's so often dismissed as a misstep.

In fact, I would say this is one of the very best death doom records (albeit fairly blackened, as discussed above) before the 2000s. Winter and diSEMBOWELMENT are pretty much the only competition I can name (though I'm sure there are some underground names I never knew). Superior to any doom by the Peaceville Three, the Gathering, etc.
Mr. Doctor - 16.07.2012 at 11:03  
Rating: 8
Written by IronAngel on 16.07.2012 at 00:02
Superior to any doom by the Peaceville Three, the Gathering, etc.


Welp, disagree... To me there's not much difference in quality with some gems like My Dying Bride's debut, Paradise Lost's debut or A Silent Enigma.
Never considered LFDGD a step down... I give that to Tonight's Decision which is their weakest album since their recent stuff. I basically adore all their albums up to and including Viva with the excepcion of Tonight's Decision and after Viva there are a couple of cool songs here and there but overall too much filler.
Ozman - 16.07.2012 at 12:11  
Rating: 7
Written by IronAngel on 16.07.2012 at 00:02

I do think LFDGD is very strong too, though - no idea why it's so often dismissed as a misstep.



I have never seen LFDGD being labeled as a misstep anywhere.
Dentura - 07.08.2012 at 01:43  
Rating: 8 I absolutely love this album. The guitar, vocal, keyboard, lyric, and drum work really stand out for me in an amazing way. Haunting, melancholic, epic, and grandiose... This is my kind of album!
Erik M. - 01.10.2012 at 21:36  
Rating: 9
Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:25

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.09.2011 at 23:23

Written by Ozman on 25.09.2011 at 23:15


Viva is up their too for me. The differences aren't too big quality wise between those three.

Yep, but their styles are which is really nice. Three great examples of three quite different approaches to doom and melancholic music.



Yes, indeed. Actually if you own these three that's enough to hear from Katatonia cause those three represent their three style best.


I happen to only own these three albums. I also agree with Brave Murder Day being the best album, followed up closely by this one (maybe I like "Dance" even more due to those two long epic tracks).

However, I cannot stand Viva Emptiness. The lyrics are pretty bad (in my opinion), and I just dislike the overall sound of the album. I gave it another chance a few weeks ago, but I still couldn't finish listening to it and turned it off.
Dentura - 20.12.2013 at 00:04  
Rating: 8 Happy 20th Birthday to DoDS! \m/

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