Katatonia
Jhva Elohim Meth... the Revival


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Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 15th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


The very beginning of a band’s career is an interesting area to witness. They’re fresh out of nowhere, releasing their raw, untamed sound on the world. Regardless if the beginning starts good or bad, it is one of the most important steps in the band’s progression, without a doubt. Katatonia are more known for starting with the slow-paced Dance of December Souls, a harsh taste of the then-infantile world of doom. They did, however, release a demo not many people have heard that got them signed, and strangely enough does not follow many characteristics of their debut, aside from Without God, which was also released on December Souls.

According to the band, Jhva Elohim Meth, a quote from Nietzsche’s “The Gay Science”, means God Is Dead. Though, aside from Without God, the focus of the lyrics is despair and loneliness, with some black metal influence in both the music and lyrics. The music itself is very reminiscent of Paradise Lost’s first four albums; at times it sounds like they want to tribute the band. The riffs are very straightforward, but have that certain aura that Anders Nystrom later develops. It’s a sort of mystical attribute, further brought together with trickling keyboard effects. The intro and outro of the demo are perfect examples of this, and spurts of this atmosphere are thrown in throughout the three main songs.

Hearing The Northern Silence after anything off December Souls will probably surprise you, due to its fast pace and prominent bass line. Palace of Frost is similar in tempo, but uses more guitar effects. Jonas also uses his first clean vocals on The Northern Silence, and they actually sound pretty good and controlled. His growl, on the other hand, is just as maniacal as on December Souls, less controlled, and less intelligible.

This is an exciting release for Katatonia, as it showed their audience they had numerous paths to take, and indulged in atmosphere in a way unlike any band at the time. However, they had much room for improvement, which they constantly expanded upon with future releases. Nonetheless, the demo serves its purpose as a foundation for one of today’s most exclusive bands, and is worth the observation of fans to further understand the band’s inauguration into the metal scene.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

trying to close out the discography before winter's over, it almost hurts to give the band anything below a 3.5 haha

Crysis
Emeritus
December 16th 2008


17368 Comments


Great review, just a few typos:

after anything of December Souls with probably surprise you

off* and will*

This actually sounds fairly interesting, I may check it out despite the rating.

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks for the error check. I only rated it that because it's not as developed as anything else they've done, it's enjoyable to pop in every once in a while

foreverendeared
December 16th 2008


14677 Comments


sweet review. Brave Murder Day is all i have from Katatonia

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

branch out son!

Crysis
Emeritus
December 16th 2008


17368 Comments


The only Katatonia albums I find to be amazing are Viva Emptiness, and their best album Dance Of December Souls... along with that sweet tribute you reviewed the other day fire. I have Brave Murder Day and The Great Cold Distance and I don't like them that much... perhaps I will get more from this band.

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the last one I would recommend would be Last Fair Deal Gone Down, and if you liked the tribute songs from Discouraged Ones then that one's worth a shot too

foreverendeared
December 16th 2008


14677 Comments


word. i should branch out a bit. i was planning on picking up Viva Emptiness soon

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008


17623 Comments


The music itself is very reminiscent of Paradise Lost’s first four albums; at times it sounds like they want to tribute the band.
Nice review, this part makes me want to check this out...

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well I won't stop you lol

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008


17623 Comments


Thanks for that!

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

based on these responses you guys make me feel like I should raise the rating to a 3, but I'll wait for actual critiques

DoctorNurse
December 16th 2008


475 Comments


Love the Great Cold Distance, I think Viva Emptiness has its moments. Not really listened to their older stuff, a bit doomy for my tastes.

fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I want to review the latest 3 EP's from The Great Cold Distance, but instead of just doing 3 short reviews I could combine them, so does anyone know if I could submit a compilation of the EP's as one record for better convenience?

NeroCorleone80
September 6th 2013


34561 Comments


Palace of Frost should have been on the debut

oltnabrick
July 4th 2015


36464 Comments


Palace Of Frost is probably their best song

Digging: Sense Field - Tonight and Forever

DoctorDoom
November 10th 2015


2987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While not mature, refined or technically savvy. This is just a ripper.

DoctorDoom
May 21st 2016


2987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still rules.



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