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Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renske. Their debut album, Dance of December Souls, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride as one of the genre's defining bands.

Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renske. Their debut album, Dance of December Souls, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride as one of the genre's defining bands. On future albums a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined and structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album Discouraged Ones; the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia.

Peaceville Records had been following the band's career from almost the beginning, and realizing that Katatonia were perfect for their roster the label offered the band a long-term deal. With their new label backing them, Katatonia got to work on their fourth studio album, Tonight's Decision. The album saw Katatonia back in Sunlight Studios and with strong international distribution now firmly in place via Peaceville, Katatonia saw their popularity soar to greater heights.

Since then, Katatonia have released an additional 7 albums: Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Viva Emptiness, Brave Yester Days, The Black Sessions (Live), The Great Cold Distance, Live Consternation (Live) and 2009's Night Is The New Day.

The Great Cold Distance gained great commercial and critical response, with many hailing it as the band's greatest work. Singles such as "My Twin,""Deliberation and "July" were extremely well received. The band went from strength to strength with their extensive touring and festival duties before the release of Live Consternation in 2007, which captured the band live at their glorious best at the "Summerbreeze festival" in 2006.

Since the release of 2009's Night Is The New Day, the band have been touring across the globe. Katatonia are currently on tour with label mates Opeth.

Bio excerpts courtesy of Katatonia.com

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