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Future Classic? - 90%

Perplexed_Sjel, June 14th, 2006

"Brave Murder Day" is the second album and a sheer masterpiece from the Swedes known as Katatonia. This album began the transition from a Doom/Death Metal band to a Depressive Rock band that they seem to be called these days. The album features the harsh vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, in probably his greatest work to date with Jonas Renkse on clean vocals duty. This album contains six tracks varying from 4 minutes to 10 minutes of pure unadulterated beauty.

A truly hypnotive and atmospheric release, like none other. Both Death and Doom influences and elements can be easily picked out within the music. This album is extremely repetitive, which creates a gloomy and dreary atmosphere filled to the brim with emotion. "Day" is a perfect example of this. Jonas Renkse is given the opportunity to make a solo appearance on vocals and produces something unique and quite simply beautiful. His clean and emotive vocals offer the listener the perfect chance to recapture their breathe and marvel in the sheer beauty that is Katatonia. "Day" provides the perfect insight in to what to expect from Katatonia in the near future as they begin to evolve in sound and as Jonas takes control of the vocals duty. The production is crystal clear, but quite rough and edgey. The distortion on guitars makes this more noticeable as each song plays out. Songs vary from slow tempos, to mid tempos and then again to a faster and more aggressive sound. Akerfeldt is able to emit such pain and emotion through his harsh growls, his inclusion on this album is sheer genius. Musically, this is somewhat simple and slow, but very interesting and extremely gripping.

All in all we have a dark, mysterious and emotive album on our hands. Packed with catchy riffs, accomplished drumming and stylish songs in general. Highlights include, 12, Day and Murder.