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Katatonia : Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival




Looking at the pictures of A. Nytröm (then Blackheim) and J. Renkse (then Lord Seth) in the booklet one expects to hear some brutal and not too serious black-metal. With totally over the top corpse paint and Blackheim looking all "evil" with his axe the last thing you expect is the serious high quality dark metal found on this 17 minute long shiny disk. But that is just what you will get from this first Katatonia release.

As the title already hints ('Ihva Elohim Meth...' means God is dead), lyrically and vocally (screams) there are some black-metal references. But the dark, desperate and brooding atmosphere this album breathes is just of too high a quality to be left unmentioned. After the intro the listener is greeted by the original version of 'Without God'. I actually enjoy this version more then the later version on 'Dance of December Souls'.

If you're a fan of the newer Katatonia albums I will advice you to listen first because it's a lot more extreme than their new work, especially because of the harsh screams.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. Midwinter Gates
2. Without God
3. Palace of Frost
4. The Nothern Silence
5. Crimson Tears

Duration : Approx. 17 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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