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Varberg, Sweden (1993 – present)

Anata is a band formed in Varberg, Sweden in 1993 by Robert petersson (drums), Fredrik Schälin (lead guitar, vocals), Mattias Svensson (guitar) and Martin Sjöstrand (bass). Anata’s penchant for penning unrelenting with a razor-sharp sense of melody has always been an inherent trait in their songwriting. As the band grew as musicians and songwriters, the music shifted into a darker, more death metal direction. Performing live with Dissection, Lake of Tears and Beseech, Anata also proved to be an intense live outfit. It was in this arena that the band honed their skills equivalent to that of their more experienced countrymen.

Anata’s first demo, “Bury Forever the Garden of Lie”, was recorded in June 1995. The recording was met with overwhelming success from the European press, and furthered the band’s visibility in the worldwide market. Yet, even with an acclaimed demo behind them and increasing interest from press and labels, guitarist Mattias Svensson and bassist Martin Sjöstrand left the band in 1996. In the same year, Anata found a new bassist in Henrik Drake. Ready for battle once again, Anata recorded their second demo, “Vast Lands Of My Infernal Dominion” in 1997. The demo signaled a continued drive to venture faster into the depths of , using the blueprint drawn and re-drawn by their American counterparts as a guide. By year’s end, the band found Andreas Allenmark to fill in as second guitarist.


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  • iPowder

    “Well, here is what really happened. We did not have our advance (half recording budget) from Earache to ever start the recording. We did so spending our own money. Then we asked them to have our advance as well as money to finalize the mix (vocals to be quickly added). There was no interest from Earache. We did not offer them an unmixed instrumental album.we still want to release this album.” - Henrik Drake. I will throw money their way if the band was to start a crowdfunding campaign.

    10 hours ago Reply
  • BlandstZack13

    Why can't Tech Death bands these days sound like this? So hard to find a decent new album.

    1 Mar 2:18pm Reply
  • pieceofsheet

    Some unreleased footage of their new album, which will apparently never release

    28 Feb 5:14pm Reply
  • pieceofsheet

    Im going to die before the new album comes out.

    28 Feb 5:13pm Reply
  • Gebrilas

    One of the heaviest and catchiest death metal band at the same time.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Sleepforlife

    amazing band! i really like this music

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • elnimio

    Why don't they just change labels? Or sue them, or something, for not fulfilling contract expectations.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Stahlmacht

    Earache has not payed them money for the Conductors Departure so they are probably not going to release their new stuff, when probably they already have like 2-3 albums recorded. Its the Necro situation.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Sculpy

    Fuck Earache

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • harris4got

    Hey listen to my new band Atonata.

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • roadkillfacepnt

    i hope they don't turn into another Necrophagist and never release an album again :( probably one of the most unique death metal bands of all time

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    @elitist_jerk, taken from their page on metal archives - "Anata's new album is already recorded and mixed (and probably also mastered) and has been so for at least a year, but it hasn't been released due to the band not being able to get a proper record deal. No news on the band have been known for quite some time. It is presumed that there are some issues going on between Anata and Earache Records."

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • elitist_jerk there ever going to be a new album? did it keep getting delayed into oblivion?

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    Amazing band!

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sarguer

    Still waiting for Renunciation? Well there's A Problem Yet To Be Solved.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Elowson

    amazing band

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • VlCTORlOUSmarch

    the infernal depths of hatred is one of the greatest recordings of all time.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • knight_88

    The Conductor's Departure ftw!!!

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    Epitaph is pretty much Dragonforce with Dying Fetus vocals, control your ejaculations of anger

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Dissectioner

    Svinbra musik! När kommer nya plattan?

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
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