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|Brave Yester Days|
|Greatest hits album by|
|Released||April 28, 2004|
|Recorded||July 1992 - August 1997|
|Genre|| Progressive metal |
Brave Yester Days is a 2-disc best-of album by Katatonia. It contains the material from Katatonia's older era, mainly consisting of death/doom material, and a few alternative rock songs.
"Black Erotica" is an earlier version of "12" from Brave Murder Day and "Untrue" is a previously unreleased song from the Sounds of Decay sessions.
Eduardo Rivadavia from Allmusic said that the compilation displays "Katatonia's gradual shift away from their doom/death origins" to a sound featuring "lighter guitars, incremental keyboards, and the replacement of deathly growls with clean-sung, melodic vocals" and called the album "an astoundingly well-conceived summary of Katatonia's purely metallic career" and "a frankly unbeatable bang-for-buck proposition when it comes to housing so many scattered releases under one roof."
|1.||"Midwinter Gates (Prologue)"||Jhva Elohim Meth|
|2.||"Without God"||Jhva Elohim Meth|
|3.||"Palace of Frost"||Jhva Elohim Meth|
|4.||"The Northern Silence"||Jhva Elohim Meth|
|5.||"Crimson Tears (Epilogue)"||Jhva Elohim Meth|
|6.||"Gateways of Bereavement"||Dance of December Souls|
|7.||"Velvet Thorns (of Drynwhyl)"||Dance of December Souls|
|8.||"Black Erotica"||W.A.R. Compilation Vol. 1|
|9.||"Love of the Swan"||W.A.R. Compilation Vol. 1|
|10.||"Funeral Wedding"||For Funerals to Come|
|11.||"Shades of Emerald Fields"||For Funerals to Come|
|12.||"For Funerals to Come"||For Funerals to Come|
|13.||"Epistel"||For Funerals to Come|
|1.||"Murder"||Brave Murder Day||4:54|
|2.||"Rainroom"||Brave Murder Day||6:31|
|3.||"Nowhere"||Sounds of Decay||6:08|
|4.||"At Last"||Sounds of Decay||6:13|
|5.||"Inside the Fall"||Sounds of Decay||6:20|
|6.||"Untrue"||Brave Yester Days||2:34|
|7.||"Nerve"||Saw You Drown||4:30|
|8.||"Saw You Drown"||Saw You Drown||5:01|
|9.||"Quiet World"||Saw You Drown||4:37|
|10.||"Scarlet Heavens"||Katatonia / Primordial||10:24|
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