Katatonia
For Funerals to Come...


3.5
great

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (232 Reviews)
January 20th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Katatonia of old.

I felt that it was necessary to review this because there was no mention of these tracks on the other “Brave Murder Day” album. Originally released after the debut” Dance Of December Souls" in 1994, Katatonia released an EP that contains 4 tracks and is the last disk to feature Jonas performing the harsh vocals for the band. Later on in time as Century Media re released "Brave Murder Day, they decided to put this EP at the end of the album, giving more bang for your buck to those fans wanting to hear more of their old material. This EP has 4 tracks, although 2 are full songs and the other two are technically instrumentals. The sound of Katatonia on this EP still displayed the Doom Metal elements typical to their sound at the time when Dance Of "December Souls" and "Brave Murder Day" were released. The tempos remained at a slow to mid stance, the riffs were highly melodic yet heavy, and the vocals were pretty intense, far from the new direction they decided tot take.

The 2 main tracks, Funeral Wedding and Shades Of Emerald Fields would not feel out of place from the albums I just talked about, due to the similar structures they posses. Now I was never fully aware with what Blackheim or Jonas had contributed vocally on their debut album but I can tell you with confidence that they surpasse Akerfeldt's contributions on "Brave Murder Day" without question, which to be honest isn't that easy of a task. Blackheim contributes a large portion of the aggressive vocals while Jonas chimes in occasionaly as he focues on the drum work. His harsh vocals are filled with fury and unbound desperation. I can even hear traces of Black Metal in his voice when he hits his higher notes, as shown perfectly on the latter section of "Funeral Wedding". His singing has been barred to a minimum on the EP, beginning the slow process of rearranging their sound from the bleak, scathing music they used to play and into a clearer, more commercialized Gothic Rock style. The guitar work from Blackheim is just as solid in providing a catchy rhythm or a jaw dropping solo here as he plays on "Brave Murder Day". The drum work is good for the most part , which is pretty remarkable to play the kit and sing the vocals. At parts, the double bass can be annoying but you get accustomed to it pretty quickly. One thing that surprised me greatly was that the bass plays actually plays a role and can be heard cleanly through the whole mix, as "Funeral Wedding" has a pretty cool bass line.

The last two tracks on this EP are the instrumentals For Funerals To Come and Epistel which are still pretty cool despite being cut in length. For Funerals To Come opens up with a clean guitar riff when at one point some speaking vocals come in. Epistel opens up with a variety of creepy wind sounds that in a distance you can hear some unintelligible and slightly crazed vocals adding to the chaos. All in all, this is a pretty solid EP that fans of the older Katatonia will enjoy. It's not that long of an EP, clocking in around the 18 minute mark, so those who don't have Brave Murder Day yet, I suggest you buy it because you will receive an awesome album with a great EP as an added bonus.



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Essence
January 21st 2008


6286 Comments


Good review. Just a question, which ones are the instrumentals?

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2008


49738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The last two, i'll edit the 3rd paragrgh.

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blackened07
January 21st 2008


949 Comments


Good review. I haven't heard this.

Ominous Inane
January 21st 2008


188 Comments


It's actually Blakkheim doing the majority of the vocals on this release.

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2008


49738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, well, I did not know that. That put's a hamper on things now.

Jim
January 21st 2008


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey i didn't even realise i owned this just from owning brave murder day :smoke:

still i don't like these tracks as much as BMD. plus the production is kinda weak

good review anyway. im turning into a katatonia convert

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2008


49738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The production kinda adds to the atmosphere, Funeral Wedding is a great song though, possibly even better than 1 or 2 tracks from BMD. Good to hear about your conversion.

rasputin
January 21st 2008


14968 Comments


Yeah, Funeral Wedding is awesome. It was good getting these with Brave Murder Day. Good review.

Willie
Moderator
January 22nd 2008


17710 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't checked out any of the old Katatonia (the albums with all the growling done by Blakkheim), but it's on my to-do list.... good review.

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EyesWideShut
January 22nd 2008


5124 Comments


was it health reasons why jonnas had to stop his harsh vocals? or just wanted to go another direction.

rasputin
January 22nd 2008


14968 Comments


Probably because he realised he couldn't do them well.

Jim
January 23rd 2008


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that was a bit harsh

harsh amirite

fireaboveicebelow
January 29th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hostile, jonas stopped the harsh vocals because he blew out his voice



I happened to like his screaming, so desperate and tortured

CrazyFool84
November 15th 2008


1083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah cited medical reasons, aka blown vocals. His death vocals are hit or miss I think, they have something slightly original about them, but I can't say I prefer them to Renkse's clean singing.

Crysis
Emeritus
August 7th 2009


17402 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They have the slimcase version of this used at the store near my house. MA says its out of print so therefore I must have this.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2011


2611 Comments


Dance of december souls was a decent debut, brave murder day was absolutely brilliant(my personal faourite), but i thought this EP was weak in comparison. Ah well, this would probably be the last of their 'doomy' sound.


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SlowlyFallingAwake
April 3rd 2012


78 Comments


So fucking good. Depressing as hell, but that's why I love it in the first place. For funerals to come is... indescribable.

NeroCorleone80
June 24th 2013


34601 Comments


Funeral Wedding rocks

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Sabrutin
September 20th 2016


6367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shades of Emerald Fields is top tier old Katatonia

bloc
June 26th 2017


57518 Comments


This is great but could be so much better if the last two tracks were replaced by an actual song

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