Katatonia were formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders â€˜Blakkheimâ€™ NystrÃ¶m and started life as a hybrid doom/death metal crossover before gradually shifting to a more mainstream atmospheric gothic/alternative rock sound, a move which began in earnest on their third album Discouraged Ones.
Having made a name for themselves on the underground with their Jhva Elohim Meth demo, the band released their debut album Dance Of December Souls on No Fashion records in 1993. A period of line-up instability threatened the future of the band and it would not be until 1996 that their sophomore effort Brave Murder Day eventually appeared. Featuring guest vocals from Opethâ€™s Mikael Ã…kerfeldt, the album marked a further development in their sound and, like their debut, was a critically acclaimed success. Renkse was back on vocals for Discouraged Ones, adopting a clean singing style which, although a risky gamble, proved to be a major turning point and helped them reach a much wider audience.
At this point, the band signed a long term deal with UK label Peaceville and began a run of releases building on their signature style and culminating in 2006â€™s The Great Cold Distance, their most dynamic work to date. Their eighth, as-yet-untitled studio album is expected later this year.
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