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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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  • Codera

    Joins the "I love both Katatonia's" bandwagon. Good luck to Daniel by the way, I'm glad I met him at a meet and greet with the rest of the band when I had the chance. Hope he does well for himself.

    Yesterday 4:45am Reply
  • YeezusSuburbia

    *Joins the "OLD KATATONIA SUCKS" bandwagon*

    Yesterday 11:17pm Reply
  • DwellerInADream

    Dance of December Souls is an album for metaltards ugly and amorphous pigs ;D

    23 Apr 6:35am Reply
  • UnderASerpent

    Old Katatonia is a piece of shit for retards.

    23 Apr 6:08am Reply
  • IBlackened

    ECW3XTREMERULE, try to be less obvious, fail troll.

    22 Apr 10:09pm Reply
  • cerealkiller_x

    come back to argentina x.x

    22 Apr 5:37pm Reply

    New >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Old. Old it's for fags. Old it's so boooooring.

    22 Apr 8:32am Reply
  • Thalia_Mel

    многие песни можно на долго оставлять на повторе. обожаю

    21 Apr 7:40pm Reply
  • sententia78

    Друзья коллеги заходите на оценку

    21 Apr 6:45pm Reply
  • dee_k7

    Love Jonas Renkse's voice

    19 Apr 11:05pm Reply
  • IBlackened

    Just a few power chords in slow speed are tecnical now. lol

    19 Apr 10:42am Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    lol "go tremolo pick your black metal." That was a pretty weak insult, considering I never said black metal was complex. Honestly, you must not listen to much metal if you actually think Katatonia are amongst one of the most complex metal bands. I can't seem to take you seriously either. You just come off as a Katatonia fanboy who would say anything to defend them. Katatonia's music is simple. Granted, there's a few songs that could be described as *moderately* difficult, Dead Letters for example but to say their music in general is more complex than the majority of metal is absolutely hilarious. I've been playing guitarist since I was 7 years old (so 16 years now) and I started learning Katatonia songs by age 12 no problem. So I have no choice but to believe that you'e just a mediocre/average guitarist.

    19 Apr 1:44am Reply
  • Darkes7

    "Only a 12 year old would think that Katatonia's music is more difficult than most metal." Yep, because most metal which is not technical or prog is more complex than power chords and simple one-note riffs played with fast speed. I love metal, but this is a fact that it's not, and another fact is Katatonia has been writing much out of the box from VE onwards, it's not just about how many notes they play, but also e.g. the rhythm which is all over the place (and Daniel was responsible for a lot of that and why I loved his playing). But then, you seem quite a lot like an average Metal Archives forum user, and you kinda murdered your credibility by cutting out one sentence out of a pretty long post so yeah, you're kind of impossible to take seriously at this point. :) Go tremolo pick your black metal.

    18 Apr 11:01am Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    "Argumentation on the level of an average 12-year old, good job guys." Only a 12 year old would think that Katatonia's music is more difficult than most metal. I've read a lot of unbelievably silly thing on shoutboxes and that's definitely in the top 10.

    18 Apr 3:38am Reply
  • DestinyBond

    Daniel has etched his name in the band, decided to leave because it would not work if he continued. I suppose that being in a touring band is exhausting.

    17 Apr 2:30pm Reply
  • Darkes7

    Yes, and it's not that uncommon from what I know... I really do hope he will come back eventually, he's one of my favourite drummers and I really think he deserves a reputation up there with the Martins from Opeth, he's at least equally amazing.

    17 Apr 1:53pm Reply
  • Kennoth

    I find it hard to believe that one of the most successful modern metal bands has problems with paying bills. If that's the case, then the things are even more depressing than I thought.

    17 Apr 1:11pm Reply
  • Darkes7

    On an even far more depressing note...

    17 Apr 10:58am Reply
  • Darkes7

    Argumentation on the level of an average 12-year old, good job guys.

    17 Apr 10:58am Reply
  • IBlackened

    "Definitely more challenging than most songs, especially (Drone Doom) metal". It's fixed.

    14 Apr 1:05pm Reply
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