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Katatonia

Considered by many to be one of the heavyweights of Swedish metal, Katatonia had a long and storied career that saw themmove from a rough, sludge-like doom metal sound to a more streamlined approach, losing the guttural vocals and adding amore accessible, riff-based sheen to their brand of gothic doom.

Formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden, Katatonia started out life as a studio-based two-piece. Members Jonas Renkse (knownthen as Lord Seth) was the band's vocalist and drummer, and Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) spent their first year undersaid moniker writing and rehearsing b ...read more

Considered by many to be one of the heavyweights of Swedish metal, Katatonia had a long and storied career that saw themmove from a rough, sludge-like doom metal sound to a more streamlined approach, losing the guttural vocals and adding amore accessible, riff-based sheen to their brand of gothic doom.

Formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden, Katatonia started out life as a studio-based two-piece. Members Jonas Renkse (knownthen as Lord Seth) was the band's vocalist and drummer, and Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) spent their first year undersaid moniker writing and rehearsing before putting together a demo, titled Jhva Elohim Meth, which was recorded by Swedishmetal legend Dan Swanö, and was released in 1992. Sludgy and doom-laden, with just a dab of classic black metalatmosphere to it, Jhva became a hit in underground metal circles, enough so that the band managed to score a CD re. releaseof it on Dutch label Vic Records. The popularity of the CD called the band out, and Katatonia added a bass player, GuillaumeLe Huche (once known as Israphel Wing) in order to satisfy the need of fans to hear the band live. It was at this point thatKatatonia began a long trend of signing short-term deals with European labels, the first being No Fashion, who released thefirst full-length Katatonia offering, Dance of December Souls in December of 1993. With a more expansive sound being chosenover the blacker elements of their debut EP, Katatonia attracted a broader fan base, and began to move into a more gothic-based sound that was more reminiscent of the Cure or Sisters of Mercy than black metal. 1994 was, for the most part, spentrecording and releasing tracks for split singles ("Scarlet Heavens," a ten-minute epic eventually released in 1996) andcompilations ("Black Erotica" and "Love of the Swan" for a collection for new label Avantgarde Music, released in 1995).

Tensions in nailing down a stable touring lineup led to the short-term dissolution of the band, with Renske and Nyströmfocusing on other projects. It was in 1996 that Katatonia, a three-piece again with new guitarist Fredrik Norrman, regroupedand recorded what many feel to be their masterpiece, Brave Murder Day. Notable for the fact that this was the point atwhich Renske was no longer able to sing in the guttural style (Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt was recruited to take care of that),Brave Murder Day also marked a new chapter in the band's sound overall. Gone were the black metal aspects of their earlierwork, and the doomier aspects were set aside for a leaner, higher tempo -- yet firmly metal -- dynamic.

The success of Brave Murder Day would allow Katatonia to embark on their first European tour, and in 1997 the band returned(once again with Åkerfeldt on vocals) with the mini-album Sounds of Decay. 1997 also saw the band add a new member,Mikael Oretoft, taking the vacant bass position, as well as their recording of a new album, Discouraged Ones (released in1998), with Renske taking the clean vocals and (again) Åkerfeldt on the guttural. A new multi-album deal with Peacevillefollowed, and the band released Tonight's Decision in 1999. This time around, Renske took on full vocal duties (all cleanvocals, of course) and Dan Swanö was recruited to man the drums for the recordings. The band then rounded out its touringmembership, adding Mattias Norrman on bass and Daniel Liljekvist before embarking on a tour supporting Paradise Lost.

The year 2001 saw the release of Last Fair Deal Gone Down, produced by the band, which found Katatonia fully embracingthe sound that was to define them in the latter part of their career. A pair of singles was released from the album, and theyspent most of 2001 on the road. The band returned after a quiet 2002 with 2003's Viva Emptiness, which was followed by aEuropean tour that Katatonia headlined. While 2004 was spent touring, 2005 saw Katatonia's past being explored with thecompilation releases Brave Yester Days and The Black Sessions. The former, a double-disc set, contained music from theband's early years (1992-1997), while the latter acted as more of a "best-of" and B-sides collection of their work dating from1998-2004 that included a DVD of the band live in 2003. The band would re-enter the studio in late 2005, and in 2006,Katatonia released The Great Cold Distance. Over the next two years, the band would tour extensively (including an Americanjaunt) and release the live album, Live Consternation in 2007. Night Is the New Day followed in 2009. After extended globaltouring and a short break, Katatonia returned to the studio in late 2011 and recorded Dead End Kings, which appeared inAugust of 2012. « hide

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LPs
Dead End Kings
08/28/2012

3.8
605 Votes
Night Is the New Day
2009

3.9
867 Votes
The Great Cold Distance
2006

4
958 Votes
Viva Emptiness
2003

3.9
705 Votes
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
2001

4
554 Votes
Tonight's Decision
1999

3.7
327 Votes
Discouraged Ones
1998

3.8
332 Votes
Brave Murder Day
1996

4.1
581 Votes
Dance of December Souls
1993

3.7
288 Votes
EPs
Kocytean
2014

3.4
28 Votes
The Longest Year
2010

3.5
29 Votes
July
2007

3.9
58 Votes
Deliberation
2006

3.7
32 Votes
My Twin
2006

3.9
55 Votes
Tonight's Music
2001

3.3
23 Votes
Teargas EP
2001

3.5
24 Votes
Saw You Drown
1998

3.5
28 Votes
Sounds Of Decay
1997

3.7
49 Votes
For Funerals To Come...
1994

3.4
58 Votes
Jhva Elohim Meth...The Revival
1993

3.5
45 Votes
Live Albums
Last Fair Day Gone Night
06/17/2013

4.3
4 Votes
Live Consternation
2007

3.8
56 Votes
Compilations
Dethroned & Uncrowned
09/09/2013

3.5
74 Votes
Introducing... Katatonia
05/21/2013

3.5
1 Votes
December Songs: A Tribute To Katatonia
2006

3.8
5 Votes
The Black Sessions
2005

4.2
46 Votes
Brave Yester Days
2004

3.9
31 Votes

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