While often times re-releases seem decidedly unnecessary, in this case, “Brave Yester Days” is not only warranted, it will be widely anticipated.
Ranging from their very first release, “Jhva Elohim Meth” to, possibly the most sought after KATATONIA collectable, “Saw You Drown”, “Brave Yester Days” is an all encompassing collection of rarities (and one unreleased track from the “Sound Of Decay” session, a selling point that will attract many buyers in and of itself) from the Avantgarde Records days. Also included were two tracks that, up until now, could only be found on the first W.A.R. compilation, the increasingly hard to find “For Funerals To Come” EP, as well as select cuts from their earlier albums.
Of course, for a dedicated fan, chances are you already have the full albums, so these tracks are of little importance, but the remainder of this double disc collection is essential to dedicated fans without a budget to acquire what are now highly sought after and highly priced pieces.
As for the only unreleased track, “Untrue”, it’s a very short track, at only 2:34, with about two minutes of it being a wind/guitar intro/outro, leaving only about 30 seconds for the actual song. In typical “Brave Murder Day” and “Sound Of Decay” fashion, the vocals are handled by Mikael Ĺkerfeldt. So while slightly disappointing, it was still good to hear another track from a long lost era and good to have.
If you even have just a slight interest of the band, then this disc is an absolute must, if you’re already a fan, I’m not quite sure why you’re still here. (Online May 4, 2004)