Katatonia formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden and was brought together by long time friends, Anders Nystrom (aka Blakkheim) and Jonas Renkse (aka Lord Seth). After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo 'Jhva Elohim Meth', recorded at Sweden's Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled 'Jhva Elohim Meth – the Revival'. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform live in concert for the first time in their career.
From his humble origins as a teenage metalhead in Vancouver, Canada, to his current status as one of the most admired and lauded figures in the rock and metal worlds, Devin Townsend has been many, many things along his long, meandering artistic road, but one thing he has never been is boring. Over the last 20 years, Devin has amassed an astonishingly diverse and deep catalogue of mind-blowing music. Perhaps best known for his days as frontman and mastermind behind sci-fi metal wrecking crew Strapping Young Lad, he has also sung with Steve Vai, played guitar in legendary UK rock mob The Wildhearts and notched up a remarkable series of solo and collaborative albums that have ranged from the crushing extreme metal of City and Physicist through to the sublime, euphoric progressive rock of Terria and Synchestra, covering all bases and all emotional realms in between.