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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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  • Dream-core

    Late Katatonia is great too

    20 Aug 6:59pm Reply
  • M-Morbid

    Early Katatonia is great!

    20 Aug 6:52pm Reply
  • metaphnora Prog/gothic/experimental piano music with beats and female-vocals.

    20 Aug 1:43pm Reply
  • decadencequeen

    It's just incredible! Music of my soul. The Racing Heart <3

    16 Aug 7:06pm Reply
  • Dream-core

    One of the greatest discoveries in music for me.

    16 Aug 6:08pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    their rehearsal is kind of cool except for the vocals.

    15 Aug 1:35pm Reply
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    14 Aug 9:24pm Reply
  • Trash73

    "Death doom metal and depressive rock cant be compared." >>> Uhh yes they can since they both create similar moods and evolved from one another. I find early Katatonia to be more intense of a listen but mid-era Katatonia to be more addictive. It's up to the listener's taste what they prefer, but it's not apples and oranges. Their later (more Ambient/Alternative/Progression oriented) style can't be really be compared as it's a shift away from their gloomy sound.

    12 Aug 11:22pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    awesome band

    12 Aug 12:53pm Reply
  • hamlet666olsdal

    500 first Scrobbling! of Katatonia....

    9 Aug 9:02pm Reply
  • Kivul

    Old Katatonia = New Katatonia. Whatever they make they are always consistent. Different, but always of high quality in their respective genre, which are just that, different genres that can't be compared. Your argument is invalid.

    7 Aug 11:53am Reply
  • bendingtree

    Has Jonas ever copped to ripping off the lyrics from Mark Hollis' 1998 album? I've never seen it mentioned in interviews. It's totally blatant, but it's also sort of cool he's a Talk Talk fan anyway. If you're going to emulate someone, Hollis isn't a bad choice...

    7 Aug 12:21am Reply
  • Tensir

    why everyone have to argue which playing style is better? ffs, old and new Katatonia are totally different. Death doom metal and depressive rock cant be compared. It is ONLY about the taste.

    31 Jul 1:52pm Reply
  • KevinFlorec

    i really hate the new katatonia. it is kinda pop

    30 Jul 9:29pm Reply
  • Iicipher

    Wish they released more albums in the Tonight's Decision / Discouraged Ones sort of style.

    29 Jul 7:53am Reply
  • candlesmoke

    new > old. more depth.

    27 Jul 8:53pm Reply
  • Hopkinator

    it's just fucking [3]

    27 Jul 4:38pm Reply
  • bendingtree

    it's just fucking [2]

    25 Jul 12:00am Reply
  • PattyPierce

    There isn't a fucking new or fucking old, it's just fucking KATATONIA. I hate those people always comparing. Stop that, nobody cares what is better, you listen KATATONIA anyway.

    24 Jul 8:08pm Reply
  • VivaLaLarsen

    Just recently started to listen to Katatonia again. This band is huge and they have so many emotions in their songs. Right now I am listening to Last Fair Deal Gone Down. I reccomend this album to anyone that is into this kind of music.

    23 Jul 7:47am Reply
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