Katatonia
Sounds Of Decay


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 19th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


The Katatonia that never was. The Sounds Of Decay EP wasn’t well known, and it fell inbetween the releases of Brave Murder Day and Discouraged Ones, their more misunderstood records at the time, so it’s no wonder this got so little attention. It’s a shame really, as this is probably one of their best releases. It was a new sound somewhat comparable to the style of Brave Murder Day but in a completely different direction. The band started to write with more conventional structures, at least in comparison, and less repetition. The end result was a brand new atmosphere, one that will unfortunately remain dormant forever. Oh, Mikael Akerfeldt does the vocals again, if that keeps your attention.

The songs are all a little over six minutes, aside from Untrue, and each reside in their own world. For example, Nowhere plays like a soundtrack to a man’s mind in mental comatose, and sees the band experiment with moods they can create with guitar patterns. Just as Brave Murder Day experimented with harmonized guitar melodies that literally carried the song, this EP takes it even further, and foreshadows the signature leads the band would write songs around in the future. Plus, Mikael’s vocal performance is his strongest yet. Whether this is due to the atmosphere or actual truth, they fit perfectly.

Katatonia’s album art has always been a significant representation of the album’s sound. For whatever reason, the front cover screenshot of a decrepit god, taken from the horror movie Begotten, just fits the EP’s sound. The tracks are smothering in a most deceiving manner, just like a tapeworm you never knew was there is slowly killing you from the inside out. Untrue is this album’s disease. It’s serene, spellbinding, repetitive intro drags you away from reality where you are forced to remember only the agony of your past…suddenly you get a sledgehammer to your face, and all you can do is watch your killer laugh at you while you shiver. Then the song retreats to the intro once again, the lullaby of your passing.

Since the EP is nearly impossible to find for a reasonable price, I suggest you pick up the Brave Yester Days compilation, which contains all their early EPs. Plus, the original Sounds Of Decay didn’t come with the Untrue track, but comes with Brave Yester Days so this method is more fulfilling. For anyone who thoroughly enjoys depressing music, this is highly recommended. The sound of this album only lasted for these 4 songs, and cannot be matched, leaving you starving for more. Kind of an asshole move on the bands’ part, but what can you do? The release that gives Brave Murder Day a run for its money, don’t miss out on this.



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Yazz_Flute
December 19th 2008


18812 Comments


I really enjoyed this review.

Only Katatonia albums I have are Viva Emptiness and Last Fair Deal Gone Down. I never got Brave Murder Day even though I told my self to do so numerous times.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

fireaboveicebelow
December 19th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is better so now's your chance to PROVE YOURSELF MAGGOT

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2008


16440 Comments


review MAAAAAAAAACHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

fireaboveicebelow
December 19th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah if only I had a ROAR smiley

I've got 3 more ready to go but I'm being patientThis Message Edited On 12.19.08

PayneTiger777
December 19th 2008


4404 Comments


That album art is fucking awesome.

rasputin
December 19th 2008


14550 Comments


Nice review. I've somewhat grown out of Katatonia, but I do like to reminisce occasionally.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2008


16051 Comments


Nice review, I was wondering where you were getting all of these random Katatonia albums and then the last paragraph answered me. It was like you were in my head, man.

Epilogue
December 20th 2008


1591 Comments


Great review. I found these on the reissue of BMD, as you stated in the review. Quite good!

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, I was wondering where you were getting all of these random Katatonia albums and then the last paragraph answered me. It was like you were in my head, man.
I have ESP don't ya know?
And btw I do own hard copies of a lot of these EP's so yeah PROVED YOU WRONG

DoctorNurse
December 20th 2008


475 Comments


I actually had this on my computer without knowing it. Only has 3 tracks though.

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The EP was released with only 3 tracks, download Brave Yester Days you'll get the 4th track

ManRunsOverBus
August 27th 2009


45 Comments


It would be great if they collaborated with Mikael Akerfeldt again at some point.

fireaboveicebelow
August 27th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno Jonas can growl again, I wouldn't mind that

Homeslice
March 13th 2011


177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Similar style to Brave Murder Day, and with Mikael Akerfeldt at vocals once again. The mood and atmosphere created by the guitars fit perfectly with the vocals

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2012


1896 Comments


I hadn't heard this EP for a while after every other katatonia record, but i now wish i had. It contains more melody than 'brave murder day', and i believe akerfeldt's vocals are truly fitting to this particular music style.

Scoot
February 25th 2012


17822 Comments


m/ band

Digging: Unearth - Watchers of Rule

HateofFenrir
January 20th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is actually my favorite release by katatonia, brave murder day is great but theres something about these songs that i just cant put my finger on. Nowhere & Inside the Fall are amazing, just great.

NeroCorleone80
September 6th 2013


29334 Comments


SOMEWHERE NOWHERE



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