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Sweden (1994 – 1999, 2009 – present)

October Tide is a melodic doom/death metal band which was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1994 by Jonas Renkse and Fredrik Norrman (of Katatonia). They released two full-length albums: Rain Without End (recorded in 1995, yet released only in 1997 on Vic Records) and Grey Dawn (1999, originally on Avantgarde, re-issued in 2007 via Peaceville) before disbanding because their “inspiration ran dry” and because Renkse & Norrman decided to fully concentrate on Katatonia instead.

In late 2009 however, despite staunchly refusing the notion of future material for an astounding 11 years, Fred Norrman announced he was leaving Katatonia and had reformed October Tide. Joining him were Tobias Netzell (of In Mourning) on vocals, Robin Bergh on drums and Jonas Kjellgren as a session bassist (for album recordings only). Original co-member Jonas Renkse was no longer participating in October Tide. A brand new full-length album entitled A Thin Shell was released in the autumn of 2010. Meanwhile Emil Alstermark (guitar) and Pierre Stam (of In Mourning, bass) have joined the band on a permanent basis.

Rain Without End line -up:

Jonas Renkse - Vocals {Which was his last harsh vocal performance}, drums, guitars (also in Katatonia (Swe), Bloodbath (Swe))
Fredrik Norrman - Guitars and bass guitars (also in Uncanny (Swe), Katatonia (Swe), Fulmination, Bloodbath (Swe))

Grey Dawn line -up:

Mårten Hansen - Vocals (also in Votur, A Canorous Quintet, Sins Of Omission)
Jonas Renkse - Drums, guitars (also in Katatonia (Swe), Bloodbath (Swe))


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  • steh_lvern

    They are awesome \\,,/

    19 Aug 10:08am Reply

    A Thin Shell was got a little too nu-Katatonia (first song and last song are the best, I'd say), I like Tunnel better, but not by all that much. Rain Without End was my favorite, but Grey Dawn has slowly surpassed it for me.

    1 Aug 7:48pm Reply
  • Lefkandi

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    25 Jun 9:58pm Reply
  • stefan86

    New Soliloquium EP (swedish doom/death). Free download at

    8 May 7:54pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    All their albums are definitely worth listening to, but A Thin Shell is their weakest in my opinion but still not a bad record by any means. Rain Without End will always be their best, if they top it I'll seriously be shocked. Grey Dawn is wicked as well but I've actually grown more fond of Tunnel of No Light.

    15 Apr 4:14pm Reply
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  • Vantaig

    I think all their albums are fantastic. If I needed to make a Best-Of, I would probably take four tracks from four albums and an ultimate compilation would be done.

    20 Mar 9:03am Reply
  • ToTheFading

    Reading through the comments, it looks as though people don't like A Thin Shell so much? I've tried getting into this band a few times and always struggled a little, but I just listened to that one and really enjoyed it - maybe I'll go back and check out the others that I've overlooked in the past.

    27 Feb 11:10pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Rain Without End still sounds as good as it did when I first heard it roughly 10 or 11 years ago. A truly timeless album.

    26 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • ShredsofFlesh

    This band has a stellar discography ! Their first two will always be my favorite, but I love all of their albums .

    5 Feb 2:00pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Rain Without End *drool*

    11 Jan 6:45pm Reply
  • GeorgeStJr

    Первые 2 альбома с составом кататонии вообще кошэр.

    8 Jan 1:06pm Reply
  • Aethelgrim

    Tunnel of no Light is a good album, i found it bleaker production wise than the other's, less dynamic, reminded me of a Murderous Circus

    7 Jan 6:13pm Reply
  • _Everwake_

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • grantosjones

    Why are people saying the last album sucks? No-one is giving reasons they dislike it.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Hybridium_

    Dare say why?

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Th_Dark

    new album is fucking shit

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DaysShadow

    "last album sucks" Really, why? Personally I really like it and prefer it over A Thin Shell but it sure can't reach Rain Without End or Grey Dawn, they're unique and will most probably stay it...

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • nariman-AF

    this is realy something!!! beautiful and melancholic ... this is what i want <3

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Dario97

    Rain Without End & Grey Dawn are timeless masterpieces <3 new album is great as well :)

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
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