KATATONIA was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse. Their debut album, Dance of December Souls, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom / death metal and joining acts such as PARADISE LOST & MY DYING BRIDE as one of the genre's defining bands. Originally released in 1996, second album Brave Murder Day is a true classic. The primitive structures and melodies give this album an unparalleled trance-like quality, by 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 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 (also showing their broad influence by acts such as THE CURE). 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).
...an album that will command your attention as there are only a handful of albums in this genre that are quite so influential. Katatonia relied on the use of very bleak atmosphere, repetitious and killer riffs with what sounds to be only background vocals without any leads. The music on this album is clearly the focal point and the vocals are hardly ever the driving force here (despite having Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt taking over the mic duties). Trust me, the music and the vocals are for the most part flawless! The use of dissonances - an extremely annoying habit for those bands that can't pull it off - is done exceptionally well on "Brave Murder Day" and is one of the many reasons why this album is so highly revered. - Metal Crypt4/5
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