Katatonia - Brave Murder Day LP (Black vinyl)
Anyone who likes doom/death metal in general or Katatonia’s older stuff in particular should absolutely get this album, even more so since the 2006 re-release boasts an audibly better sound and includes the equally brilliant Sounds of Decay EP. The band has progressed some since their debut, but Brave Murder Day retains enough elements from Dance of December Souls to make you feel right at home. Of the six songs on here, only two fall below the six-minute mark, and even a ten-minute behemoth like “Brave”, despite the genre’s inherent monotony, feels much shorter than its actual length. Brave Murder Day is just cleverly written and masterfully arranged doom/death with only very few weaker moments to endure and an abundance of great ones to discover.