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Katatonia is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1988 by Jonas Renkse (formerly Lord Seth) and Anders Nyström (formerly Blakkheim). Katatonia is noted for the overall melancholy of its sound, often giving them the classification of doom metal or depressive rock.
Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival through Sounds of Decay feature mainly harsh vocals and can stylistically be considered doom/death . Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt performed the harsh vocals on Brave Murder Day and Sounds of Decay after regular Katatonia singer (and then drummer) Jonas Renske became unable to scream properly.
With the Saw You Drown EP Katatonia moved to a lighter sound with clean vocals. Another shift was seen with Viva Emptiness in which the music became more vocal oriented than ever before.
Katatonia has released two compilations. Brave Yesterdays (the title is a play on their album Brave Murder Day) is a double-disc release including all cuts from EP's up to Saw You Drown, selected cuts from full-length albums Brave Murder Day and Dance of December Souls and two tracks from a compilation. Black Sessions is a limited release that documents later releases and includes a live DVD.
- Jonas Renkse (previously known as Lord Seth) Vocals (1988-)
- Anders Nyström (previously known as Blakkheim) - Guitar (1991-)
- Fred Norrman - Guitar (1994-)
- Mattias Norrman - Bass (1999-)
- Daniel Liljekvist - Drums (1999-)
- Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival [MCD] (1992) | Vic Records
- Dance of December Souls [CD] (1993) | No Fashion Records
- For Funerals to Come [MCD] (1994) | Avantgarde Music
- Brave Murder Day [CD] (1996) | Avantgarde Music
- Sounds of Decay [MCD] (1997) | Avantgarde Music
- Katatonia/Primordial 10" (199?) | Misantrophy Records [Purple vinyl, limited to 777 copies]
- Saw You Drown [MCD] (1998) | Avantgarde Music
- Discouraged Ones [CD & LP] (1998) | Avantgarde Music
- Tonight's Decision [CD] (1999) | Peaceville Records
- Teargas [EP] (2001) | Peaceville Records
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down [CD] (2001) | Peaceville Records
- Tonight's Music [EP] (2001) | Peaceville Records
- Viva Emptiness [CD] (2003) | Peaceville Records
- Brave Yester Days [2CD] (2004) | Avantgarde / Century Media
- Brave Murder Day [LP] (2004) | Northern Silence Productions
- Black Sessions [3CD] (2005) | Peaceville / Snapper
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