Sweden Rock Festival 2012


Ever since their debut album ”Dance of December souls” (1993), Stockholm’s KATATONIA have been on a long and progressive journey in the land of melancholy. The black- and death metal-roots of the Dan Swanö-produced ”Jhva Elohim Meth”-demo have gradually been replaced by heavy and atmospheric doom- and goth metal, as well as a more straightforward song structure.

The band, based around the founding duo of vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström, started to prefer clean vocals in an early stage of their career, but since they still wanted to feature growls they called in their friend, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt to help out with the vocals for a couple of recordings in the 90’s. With the album ”Last fair deal gone down” (2001) the rough vocals were gone for good and with the next two albums, ”Viva emptiness” (2003) and ”The great cold distance” (2006), Katatonia became the obvious leaders of the Scandinavian goth metal-scene – although that might be too narrow a label for the Katatonia of today.

When ”Night is the new day” was released in 2009 it was not only lauded by an unanimous horde of journalists and fans, but also by past session member Åkerfeldt who called it the best release in it’s genre in a decade.

If darkness in music is your thing you should make sure not to miss Katatonia’s debut at Sweden Rock Festival.

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