Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse (formerly known as Lord Seth) and Anders Nyström (formerly known as Blakkheim). The early Katatonia albums, along with albums by bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost, are sometimes considered forerunners of the death/doom genre.
The early Katatonia releases, such as the EP Jhva Elohim Meth… The Revival and their debut album Dance of December Souls, are noted for the overall bleak melancholy and despair of their sound, often giving them the classification of black/doom or death/doom. The band recorded For Funerals to Come in September 1994. Afterwards, Le Huche left the band. For Funerals to Come was released in 1995. The band took the whole year off due to their struggle to find a permanent lineup.
When Jonas formed October Tide in 1995 with Fredrik Norrman, Jonas decided to revive Katatonia and had Fredrik join the band.
In 1996, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt performed the growling vocals…