Brave Murder Day/For Funerals to Come (Century Media)
by Scott Hefflon
The first Katatonia release available on U.S. soil (aside from in pricey import bins), Brave Murder Day comes with the bonus of For Funerals to Come tacked onto the end. An hour of sweeping dark music, ranging from the creepy atmospheres of drummer Renske’s rich, Gothy vocals to the harder, deeper roar of Mikael Akerfeldt (courtesy of Opeth). Driving and relentless at times, the balance being like a refreshing cold breeze coming across the plains at a rest area, this “double” release is worth your time, if only as an introduction to a talented band able to combine moody doom with chugging, roaring metal, without ever losing the metal in the mixture.