Origin: Sweden  
Genres: Doomdeath
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Last update/review: May 30, 2016

Katatonia

Katatonia have come a long way since the slow, sorrowful doomdeath sounds of Dance Of December Souls. Like others in the doomdeath field, the progression has been toward clean vocals and a less heavyhanded (though still metallic) songwriting style, with the new material such as Tonight's Decision and Last Fair Deal Gone Down bordering on alternative metal (albeit a darker, heavier version) at times. What increasingly sets this band apart from others is the guitar work, a melancholy yet quite tuneful style that is distinctive, interesting, and unique.

Current Members

Jonas Renkse

vocals (Bloodbath, ex-October Tide)

Anders Nyström

guitars (ex-Bewitched, Bloodbath, ex-Diabolical Masquerade)

Roger Öjersson

guitars (Tiamat)

Niklas Sandin

bass (ex-Siebenburgen)

Daniel Moilanen

drums (ex-Engel, ex-The Project Hate, ex-Runemagick)

Former Members/Guests

Mikael Åkerfeldt (guest)

vocals (ex-Bloodbath, Opeth)

Fredrik Norrman

guitars (October Tide)

Per Eriksson

guitars (ex-Bloodbath, guest for Ghost)

Israphel Wing/Le Huche

bass

Micke Oretoft

bass

Mattias Norrman

bass (October Tide)

Daniel Liljekvist

drums



Discography



Jhva Elohim Meth ... The Revival  EP
1992 VIC
  1. Midwinter Gates (Prologue)
  2. Without God
  3. Palace Of Frost
  4. The Northern Silence
  5. Crimson Tears (Epilogue)
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
1992 Readers' Album #71




Dance Of December Souls  
1993 No Fashion
  1. Seven Dreaming Souls (intro)
  2. Gateways Of Bereavement
  3. In Silence Enshrined
  4. Without God
  5. Elohim Meth
  6. Velvet Thorns (Of Drynhwyl)
  7. Tomb Of Insomnia
  8. Dancing December
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Israphel Wing/Le Huche
1993 Readers' Album #21




For Funerals To Come  EP
1995 Avantgarde
  1. Funeral Wedding
  2. Shades Of Emerald Fields
  3. For Funerals To Come...
  4. Epistel (instr)
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Israphel Wing/Le Huche
1995 Readers' Album #55




Brave Murder Day  
1996 Avantgarde
  1. Brave
  2. Murder
  3. Day
  4. Rainroom
  5. 12
  6. Endtime
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Mikael Åkerfeldt
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
1996 Readers' Album #32




Sounds Of Decay  EP
1997 Avantgarde
  1. Nowhere
  2. At last
  3. Inside the fall
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Mikael Åkerfeldt
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman



Saw You Drown  EP
1998 Avantgarde
  1. Saw You Drown
  2. Nerve
  3. Quiet World
  4. Scarlet Heavens
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Micke Oretoft



Discouraged Ones  
1998 Century Media
  1. I Break
  2. Stalemate
  3. Deadhouse
  4. Relention
  5. Cold Ways
  6. Gone
  7. Last Resort
  8. Nerve
  9. Saw You Drown
  10. Distrust
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Micke Oretoft
1998 Readers' Album #70




Tonight's Decision  
1999 Peaceville
  1. For My Demons
  2. I Am Nothing
  3. In Death, A Song
  4. Had To (Leave)
  5. This Punishment
  6. Right Into The Bliss
  7. No Good Can Come Of This
  8. Strained
  9. A Darkness Coming
  10. Nightmares By The Sea
  11. Black Session
  12. No devotion
  13. Fractured
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
1999 Readers' Album #55




Teargas  EP
2001 Peaceville
  1. Teargas
  2. Sulfur
  3. March 4
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Last Fair Deal Gone Down  
2001 Peaceville
  1. Dispossession
  2. Chrome
  3. We Must Bury You
  4. Teargas
  5. I Transpire
  6. Tonight's Music
  7. Clean Today
  8. The Future Of Speech
  9. Passing Bird
  10. Sweet Nurse
  11. Don't Tell A Soul
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Tonight's Music  EP
2001 Peaceville
  1. Tonight's Music
  2. Help Me Disappear
  3. O How I Enjoy The Light
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Viva Emptiness  
2003 Peaceville
  1. Ghost Of The Sun
  2. Sleeper
  3. Criminals
  4. A Premonition
  5. Will I Arrive
  6. Burn The Remembrance
  7. Wealth
  8. One Year From Now
  9. Walking By A Wire
  10. Complicity
  11. Evidence
  12. Omerta
  13. Inside The City Of Glass
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist
2003 Readers' Album #19




Brave Yester Days  COMPILATION
2004 Avantgarde
  1. Midwinter Gates (Prologue)
  2. Without God
  3. Palace of Frost
  4. The Northern Silence
  5. Crimson Tears (Epilogue)
  6. Gateways of Bereavement
  7. Velvet Thorns (of Drynwhyl)
  8. Black Erotica
  9. Love of the Swan
  10. Funeral Wedding
  11. Shades of Emerald Fields
  12. For Funerals to Come
  13. Epistel
  14. Murder
  15. Rainroom
  16. Nowhere
  17. At Last
  18. Inside the Fall
  19. Untrue
  20. Nerve
  21. Saw You Drown
  22. Quiet World
  23. Scarlet Heavens



The Black Sessions  COMPILATION
2005 Peaceville
  1. Teargas
  2. Right Into the Bliss
  3. Criminals
  4. Help Me Disappear
  5. Nerve
  6. The Future Of Speech
  7. Ghost of the Sun
  8. I Am Nothing
  9. Deadhouse
  10. Passing Bird
  11. Sleeper
  12. Sulfur
  13. No Devotion
  14. Chrome
  15. A Premonition
  16. Dispossession
  17. Cold Ways
  18. Nightmares by the Sea
  19. O How I Enjoy the Light (Palace cover)
  20. Evidence
  21. March 4
  22. I Break
  23. For My Demons
  24. Omerta
  25. Tonight's Music
  26. Stalemate
  27. Wait Outside
  28. Fractured
  29. Sweet Nurse
  30. Black Session
  31. Ghost of the Sun
  32. Criminals
  33. Teargas
  34. I Break
  35. I Am Nothing
  36. Sweet Nurse
  37. Tonight's Music
  38. For My Demons
  39. Chrome
  40. Future of Speech
  41. Complicity
  42. Burn the Rememberance
  43. Evidence
  44. Deadhouse
  45. Murder [view lyrics



The Great Cold Distance  
2006 Peaceville
  1. Leaders
  2. Deliberation
  3. Soil's Song
  4. My Twin
  5. Consternation
  6. Follower
  7. Rusted
  8. Increase
  9. July
  10. In the White
  11. The Itch
  12. Journey Through Pressure
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist
2006 Readers' Album #17




Live Consternation  LIVE
2007 Peaceville
  1. Leaders
  2. Wealth
  3. Soil's Song
  4. Had To (Leave)
  5. Cold Ways
  6. Right into the Bliss
  7. Ghost of the Sun
  8. Criminals
  9. Deliberation
  10. July
  11. Evidence
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist
2007 Readers' Album #31




Night Is The New Day  
2009 Peaceville
  1. Forsaker
  2. The Longest Year
  3. Idle Blood
  4. Onward Into Battle
  5. Liberation
  6. The Promise Of Deceit
  7. Nephilim
  8. New Night
  9. Inheritance
  10. Day & Then The Shade
  11. Departer
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist
2009 Readers' Album #72




The Longest Year  EP
2010 Peaceville
  1. The Longest Year
  2. Sold Heart
  3. Day and Then the Shade (Frank Default remix)
  4. Idle Blood (Linje 14)
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Fredrik Norrman
  • Mattias Norrman
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Dead End Kings  
2012 Peaceville
  1. The Parting
  2. The One You Are Looking for Is Not Here
  3. Hypnone
  4. The Racing Heart
  5. Buildings
  6. Leech
  7. Ambitions
  8. Undo You
  9. Lethean
  10. First Prayer
  11. Dead Letters
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Per Eriksson
  • Niklas Sandin
  • Daniel Liljekvist
2012 Readers' Album #28




Introducing Katatonia  COMPILATION
2013
  1. Dead Letters
  2. Nephilim
  3. Idle Blood
  4. Forsaker
  5. July
  6. Soil's Song
  7. Evidence
  8. Walking by a Wire
  9. Criminals
  10. Clean Today
  11. Teargas
  12. Dispossession
  13. Right into the Bliss
  14. In Death, a Song
  15. Cold Ways
  16. I Break
  17. Murder
  18. Without God



Last Fair Day Gone Night  LIVE
2013 Peaceville
  1. Dispossession
  2. Chrome
  3. We Must Bury You
  4. Teargas
  5. I Transpire
  6. Tonight's Music
  7. Clean Today
  8. The Future of Speech
  9. Passing Bird
  10. Sweet Nurse
  11. Don't Tell a Soul
  12. Brave
  13. Nephilim
  14. My Twin
  15. I Break
  16. Right into the Bliss
  17. The Promise of Deceit
  18. Wait Outside
  19. The Longest Year
  20. July
  21. New Night
  22. Dissolving Bonds
  23. Forsaker
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Per Eriksson
  • Niklas Sandin
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Dethroned And Uncrowned  
2013 Kscope
  1. The Parting
  2. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
  3. Hypnone
  4. The Racing Heart
  5. Buildings
  6. Leech
  7. Ambitions
  8. Undo You
  9. Lethean
  10. First Prayer
  11. Dead Letters
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Per Eriksson
  • Niklas Sandin
  • Daniel Liljekvist



Kocytean  COMPILATION
2014 Peaceville
  1. Unfurl
  2. Sold Heart
  3. Ashen
  4. Second
  5. Code Against the Code
  6. The Act of Darkening



The Fall Of Hearts  
2016 Peaceville
  1. Takeover
  2. Serein
  3. Old Heart Falls
  4. Decima
  5. Sanction
  6. Residual
  7. Serac
  8. Last Song Before The Fade
  9. Shifts
  10. The Night Subscriber
  11. Pale Flag
  12. Passer
  13. Vakaren [CD/DVD and deluxe edition bonus]
  14. Sistere [LP and deluxe edition bonus]
  15. Wide Awake In Quietus [digital and deluxe edition bonus]
  • Jonas Renkse
  • Anders Nyström
  • Roger Öjersson
  • Niklas Sandin
  • Daniel Moilanen
2016 Readers' Album #25





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