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Stockholm, Sweden (1991 – present)

There are multiple bands named Katatonia: 1) Swedish band. 2) Polish death/thrash metal band.

1) Katatonia is a Swedish band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The bands music has doom metal elements and influences with their progressive metal style, noting the overall bleak melancholy and despair sound.

After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo “Jhva Elohim Meth”, recorded at Sweden’s Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled “Jhva Elohim Meth - The Revival”. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform live in concert for the first time in their career.

In 1993, things progressed at pace and at the end of 1992 the trio entered into a one-album deal with the now defunct Swedish label No Fashion records. April 1993 saw Katatonia re-enter Gorysound (now renamed Unisound) to record their first full-length album ‘Dance of December Souls’, produced by Katatonia and Dan Swanö.


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  • Juuhmedice

    soundtrack of my life ♥[4]

    Yesterday 8:31pm Reply
  • bezkost

    the way Jonas swears is sweet

    1 Mar 5:31pm Reply
  • DaGlausch

    "katatonia is not doom. please." Listen to their early albums... ;)

    28 Feb 9:12pm Reply
  • Kaltenhoenn

    The day will come I will avenge the worst scum to ever walk this planet for everything it has done when it least expect this.

    28 Feb 5:01pm Reply
  • OlafBjornsen

    every time when you listen Katatonia, you find new favorite song ♥

    28 Feb 9:15am Reply
  • MarstonD

    soundtrack of my life ♥[3]

    26 Feb 11:04am Reply
  • understanding0

    And Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival of course! ;)

    23 Feb 9:48am Reply
  • justine_tranter

    and Sounds of Decay. The most wonderful EP ever.

    22 Feb 11:28am Reply
  • Nekrologue

    Brave Murder Day, For Funerals To Come, and Dance of December Souls, are the best albums i've heard.

    21 Feb 9:30pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    Haven't picked these guys up in a while and I'm so glad I did. Latest album is precisely why I liked them so much. A lot of metal bands start sucking when they choose to mellow out, but Katatonia has retained all the sadness, melancholy, and morbidity I enjoyed on their heavier records.

    20 Feb 1:18pm Reply
  • Porpse

    Без альбомов с говнодэтом было бы заебись.

    14 Feb 8:05pm Reply
  • g6khan

    katatonia is not doom. please.

    12 Feb 3:17pm Reply
  • bendingtree

    i still think "Teargas" is their best moment. It's just a perfect pop song, the kind of track you can play over and over and never tire of it

    11 Feb 1:50am Reply
  • understanding0 !!!!!!!!!!

    10 Feb 7:36pm Reply
  • Dream-core

    soundtrack of my life ♥[2]

    10 Feb 4:29pm Reply
  • NathanGFBPA

    soundtrack of my life ♥

    9 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • winterbleakness

    Light, joy, love, hope, trust. All is lost.

    9 Feb 5:47pm Reply
  • kilstrit

    Katatonia, Anathema, Paradise Lost - the great three of death doom metal and they are famous because of everything but death doom xD

    3 Feb 9:54pm Reply
  • georgieMT82

    If you are having a nice shiny day and you want to ruin it completely, just listen to "Brave Murder Day" album... especially the song "Day". This old album seems to be totally forgotten today, but for me, it always was the most depressive masterpiece... soundtrack to suicide

    29 Jan 12:42pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    they are probably his four favorite bands.

    28 Jan 7:40pm Reply
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