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Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a studio-only project for the duo, as an outlet for the band's love of death metal. Increasing popularity lead them to add more band members for live performances, though outside of the band's founders, the lineup was constantly changing, revolving door of musicians throughout the 1990s, notably including Mikael Åkerfeldt of the band Opeth for a period. After two death/doom albums, Dance of December Souls (1993) and Brave Murder Day (1996), problems with Renkse's vocal chords coupled with new musical influences lead the band away from the screamed vocals of death metal to a more traditional, melodic form of heavy metal music. The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight's Decision (1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000's. The band released four more albums with said lineup - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003), The Great Cold Distance (2006), and Night Is the New Day (2009), with the band slowly moving away from their metal sound while adding more progressive rock sounds to their work over time. While lineup changes started up again into the 2010s, Renkse and Nyström persisted, and the band continued to release music, including Dead End Kings (2012) and their most recent, their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts, released on May 20, 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Dance of December Souls Katatonia 4.5 7
1996 Brave Murder Day Katatonia 5 6
1997 Discouraged Ones Katatonia 4.5 5
1999 Tonight’s Decision Katatonia 5 4
2001 Last Fair Deal Gone Down Katatonia 4.5 7
2003 Viva Emptiness Katatonia 4 6
2006 The Great Cold Distance Katatonia 4.65 5
2009 Night Is the New Day Katatonia 4.25 6
2012 Dead End Kings Katatonia 5 7
2013 Dethroned & Uncrowned Katatonia 5 4
2016 The Fall of Hearts Katatonia 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Brave Yester Days Katatonia 4 2
2005 The Black Sessions Katatonia 1
2013 Introducing Katatonia Katatonia 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Live Consternation Katatonia 3
2013 Last Fair Day Gone Night Katatonia 3
2015 Sanctitude Katatonia 5 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Scarlet Heavens / To Enter Pagan MCMXCVI Katatonia / Primordial 1
2006 My Twin Katatonia 5 1
2006 Deliberation Katatonia 1
2010 Day and Then the Shade Katatonia 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Jhva Elohim Meth… the Revival Katatonia 2
1995 For Funerals to Come Katatonia 2
1997 Sounds of Decay Katatonia 1
1997 Saw You Drown Katatonia 1
2001 Teargas EP Katatonia 5 1
2001 Tonight's Music Katatonia 1
2007 July Katatonia 5 1
2010 The Longest Year Katatonia 1
2012 Buildings Katatonia 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Kocytean Katatonia 1

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