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Katatonia - Brave Murder Day



8.9 | 936 votes |
Release date: November 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: 92

Additional info
Re-released by Century Black in 1997, coupled with the 1995 EP titled For Funerals To Come.
Remastered and re-issued by Peaceville Records in 2006, coupled with the 1997 EP titled Sounds Of Decay.

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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05.07.2010 - 10:51
Rating: 8
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
There some moments on this album where it is shocking how much Katatonia is copying Paradise Lost. genarally it is a good album..
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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14.10.2010 - 14:43
Kenos
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Pure anguish... Pure decay.
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29.07.2011 - 01:45
BeastOfMetal456
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Very good album which mixes three genres Death, Black and Doom. Very atmospheric and emotional.
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29.07.2011 - 01:59
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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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
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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29.07.2011 - 02:03
BeastOfMetal456
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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.
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29.07.2011 - 02:14
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
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
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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29.07.2011 - 02:19
BeastOfMetal456
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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!
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14.09.2011 - 17:43
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid

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.
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14.09.2011 - 23:49
@gent_-_orange

Why did I not listen to this earlier ? I have missed out, Very good album.
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22.09.2011 - 23:26
BeastOfMetal456
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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.
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22.09.2011 - 23:34
psykometal
A staff guy...
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...
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22.09.2011 - 23:41
BeastOfMetal456
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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?
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23.09.2011 - 00:41
psykometal
A staff guy...
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?
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23.09.2011 - 14:29
BeastOfMetal456
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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.
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23.09.2011 - 19:39
psykometal
A staff guy...
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.
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24.09.2011 - 00:33
BeastOfMetal456
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Written by psykometal on 23.09.2011 at 19:39

Lol. Behemoth is mentioned in the bible.

Ironically!
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24.09.2011 - 01:42
psykometal
A staff guy...
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?!
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24.09.2011 - 01:43
BeastOfMetal456
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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!
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24.09.2011 - 03:38
psykometal
A staff guy...
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...
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05.02.2012 - 18:02
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
One of my favourite Katatonia albums. The music is really dark and Mike's growls compliment it perfectly.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
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05.02.2012 - 18:07
Kenos
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Pure anguish.
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09.03.2012 - 16:00
Rating: 10
doom777

Incredible album!
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25.06.2012 - 22:04
Rating: 10
rafikfromnowhere

Still wonder what it would've sounded like if renkse did the vocals somehow
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07.08.2012 - 01:51
Rating: 8
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
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.
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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
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12.11.2012 - 22:25
Rating: 9
Opethian

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
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28.12.2012 - 17:56
Rating: 10
Erik M.

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.
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29.12.2012 - 22:58
Rating: 8
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
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".
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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02.01.2013 - 03:44
Rating: 8
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
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".
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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
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02.02.2013 - 20:42
Lit.
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God, that riff on Brave has to be one of the most depressing things I've ever heard.
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19.03.2013 - 13:35
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
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.
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