During their long and storied career, Swedish gothic doom metal heavyweights Katatonia have streamlined their rough, sludge-like sound, losing the guttural vocals and adding a more accessible, riff-based sheen. Formed in 1991 in Stockholm, the band recorded a demo with Swedish metal legend Dan Swanö that became a hit in underground metal circles. Their first full-length offering, 1993's Dance of December Souls, featured a more expansive sound, and the band began to move into a more gothic-based style reminiscent of the Cure or Sisters of Mercy rather than doom or black metal. Their masterpiece, Brave Murder Day, appeared in 1996. With gaps of several years for tours and rest, additional recordings appeared during the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, Katatonia refining their sound with each record. ~ Chris True
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