The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight's Decision (1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of the 2000s. 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 on to release their ninth and tenth studio albums, Dead End Kings (2012) and The Fall of Hearts (2016). After touring in support of the album through 2017, the band entered a hiatus at the beginning of 2018. The band returned from their hiatus in February 2019, with their eleventh studio album, City Burials (2020), and twelfth studio album, Sky Void of Stars (2023).
The band was first formed in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström as a two piece studio-based project. Renkse would provide clean and screamed vocals and drums, while Nyström would provide all bass and guitars. Renkse was the primary lyricist, while Nyström was the primary music composer. The duo had been working together with music in some capacity since 1987, but became serious about making music in 1991, when they began work on their first release, the demo Jhva Elohim Meth... The Revival. The release, along with the next few subsequent releases by the band, were of the death/doom metal sound, with the members being inspired and influenced by the rise of death metal becoming popular in Europe at the time. The release was enough of a hit in the underground metal scene to garner the attention of a small music label, Vic Records, which re-released it as an EP in 1993, which helped gain more exposure for the duo. The newfound popularity found them recruiting a bass guitarist, Guillaume Le Huche, so the trio could play live performances, and returning to the studio to recreate a debut full-length album. The resulting work, Dance of December Souls, was released in late 1993. The album's bleak melancholy and despair of their sound continued to give them the classification of death-doom.
While Renkse experimented with clean, melodic vocals over metal instrumentation as early as the 1994 recording of the track \"Scarlet Heavens\" (later released in very limited capacity on Katatonia/Primordial in 1996), the band did not feel ready to pursue that sort of sound at the time. However, after the band's 1997 releases, due to a desire to create more emotive and evolving music, the band decided to move in that direction. The first of said releases was an EP entitled Saw You Drown, released in early 1997, which also contained the first wide release of \"Scarlet Heavens\". Later in 1998, the band released their first full-album of this style, titled Discouraged Ones.After the release, the band signed a multi-album record deal with Peaceville, which would mark the first time the band would work with a bigger label, and stay with them for the long-term. Additionally, Renkse wanted to focus further on dedicating himself to developing his clean vocals, leading him to no longer do any further drumming for the band. The band kept active, recording and releasing their fourth album, Tonight's Decision, in 1999. The sessions were difficult, with the writing alone taking Renkse and Nystrom over seven months to complete. Once recording, they recruited Dan Swanö, who had helped assist the band in the past, as a sessions drummer. While the album contained no screamed vocals, the band still retained Åkerfeldt still assisted with vocal production on the album, as they had with Discouraged Ones.
The band again turned to touring, most notably their live performance at Summer Breeze Open Air in 2006 being used for the release of a live album titled Live Consternation in 2007. Additionally, the band's first full North American tour, with Daylight Dies and Moonspell, ran through October and November 2006. The band continued to tour into 2007, focusing on Europe in the first half of the year, and returning to North America, even Mexico, in the latter half of the year.
The band announced they would enter a hiatus in 2018. The band cited Öjersson being hospitalized by a serious back injury at the end of 2017, and a number of other undisclosed issues, for the band needing to take some time off and \"re-evaluate what the future holds for the band.\" In February 2019, the band announced their return to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their 2009 album Night Is the New Day, with an anniversary tour and deluxe release of the album. Their eleventh studio album, City Burials, was released in April 2020; its first single was \"Lacquer\". Unable to tour in support the album due to the oncoming of the COVID-19 pandemic, the band instead turned to releasing further music. This included releasing a new live album Dead Air (2020), a compilation album Mnemosynean (2021) and a box set of the band's earliest material Melancholium (2022). and forging ahead into writing and recording a twelfth studio album.
Titled Dead Air, the upcoming live album from the band showcases the band performing an extensive and majestic set of fan favourites plus the live premiere of three songs from City Burials. The live album was captured during their May 2020 lockdown session and will be released in November via Peaceville Records.
Metal legends Katatonia have announced a new live album, Dead Air, due for release of their new live album on 13th November via Peaceville. The album captures their live set which was filmed during their May 2020 lockdown session. A live album featuring Katatonia performing av set of fan favourites plus the live premiere of three songs from City Burials, captured during their May 2020 lockdown session 781b155fdc