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Released at: December 15, 2021
2CD release of Katatonia's Death/Doom masterpiece Brave Murder Day (1996), including the Sounds Of Decay EP, a bonus track and an extended booklet.
Primitive structures and melodies give Brave Murder Day an unparalleled trance-like quality, taking an early Paradise Lost influence (mixed with others such as Kent and Slowdive) and forming a completely unique sound and atmosphere.
The majority of the vocal duties were carried out in his former signature death-growl style by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, while Jonas Renkse delivered the clean vocal passages that he is known for today, on the ethereal track, Day. Jonas also played drums on the album.
Brave Murder Day was recorded at Unisound, Sweden, in July 1996, and was engineered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Marduk, Dark Funeral, Dissection & among many others).
Featuring the original album cover design and an extended booklet with an in-depth look back at the album from Anders Nystrom (with contributions from Jonas Renkse).
A limited blue vinyl edition of the iconic 1992 first studio recordings from atmospheric death/doom/black metal kings Katatonia.
Featuring the original artwork.
Katatonia was formed in Sweden in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse.
The debut album, ‘Dance of December Souls’, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for its eclectic brand of gothic doom/death & black metal. From third album, ‘Discouraged Ones’, a newer, sleeker sound came to the fore, helping to propelling Katatonia to the pinnacle of the dark progressive rock genre.
‘Jhva Elohim Meth’ was the first studio recording by Katatonia and released as a demo in 1992. With the classic track the ‘Without God’ going on to be included on their legendary full length debut ‘Dance of December Souls’, ‘Jhva…’ displayed a startling maturity, with a sumptuous blend of atmospheric and melancholy death doom metal. A cult example of the darkness which was creeping into the early 1990s extreme metal scene.
‘Jhva Elohim Meth’ remains an iconic entry into the metallic legacy of the Swedes. The 5 track release was recorded at Gorysound Studio and produced and mixed by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Opeth) in July of 1992. Dan also contributed to the release with keyboards and some vocal passages.
Limited Mediabook CD with Bonustrack
Marking 25 years since its original release, Katatonia's Discouraged Ones is presented on limited edition orange marble vinyl, with the album's original cover artwork.
An album of sublime and haunting Rock/Metal melancholy.
Katatonia was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström & have risen from their early beginnings in dark death/gothic doom metal, to become one of the leading acts of the metallic rock/prog scene, in an illustrious career spanning over three decades and twelve full-length studio albums.
’Discouraged Ones’ was recorded in 1997 at the infamous Sunlight Studios by Fred Estby and Tomas Skogsberg (Entombed, Dismember), and released the following year. 'Discouraged Ones' saw a new direction change with the epic compositions of old replaced with stripped down, compact structures to make room for new vocal harmonies courtesy of Jonas Renkse (who also played drums on the album), putting an end to the growling vocal style from prior releases and giving the band a broader appeal which only helped their trajectory towards being established on the global stage.
Upon release, 'Discouraged Ones' was seen as somewhat of a breakthrough opus for Katatonia which undoubtedly planted the seeds, stylistically, of what the band evolved into & represent to this day, even though more progressive elements were integrated over time. Overall, ’Discouraged Ones’ is a pinnacle of dark, gothic rock/metal excellence combined with ethereal, trance-like intensity.