As Katatonia launches North American tour, a look back at their sound over the years

Any time a band takes to the road for an extensive tour, there's always discussion about how their set list will be constructed. As far as the band goes, the act of putting together a set-list can be a point of contention every time they tour. Some fans only want to hear the band's hits, others want to hear the new stuff - and if you're dealing with a band that's dabbled with different sounds and musical styles over the years there can be even more of a debate. In some situations, the adage about how you can't please everyone is never truer, but for more flexible music lovers, the prospect of seeing a more diverse band in concert offers a vast, one-of-a-kind live musical experience. 

And one of the bands capable of offering such an opportunity is Sweden's own progressive masters, Katatonia, who are heading out on a North American trek running through the end of April. 

Formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden, Katatonia has flexed their creative muscles several times in their 26-year history as a band. What began as a studio-only project for founding members Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström has both persevered and evolved, creating a repertoire of well-honed material that showcases a band that is, in simplest terms, a force to be reckoned with. From Katatonia's debut and sophomore releases, Dance of December Souls and Brave Murder Day, wielding more of an aggressive doom and death metal style and vibe, the band shifted, mellowing a tad but still producing a solid, metal experience. Opting for clean vocals and a progressive-lean, Katatonia focused more on simply being a metal band that isn't bound by the restraints of a specific sub-genre label. As the band spread their wings in celebration of this more freeing creative climate, Katatonia's worldwide popularity grew as well.

Still riding high on the release their tenth studio album last May, The Fall of Hearts, Katatonia nailed in high-ranking positions on music charts all over the world. Despite some lyrical themes that are still on the darker side, Katatonia's musical expertise and sound has matured nicely over time, and one of the benefits of that is appealing to a much wider audience. And that very audience will need to get themselves to one of the dates on Katatonia's highly anticipated North American tour which is now underway. The first U.S./Canada trek in many years, Katatonia will be supported by the Massachusetts-based post-rock band Caspian, and New York's own progressive/death metallers Uncured for an ample, well-rounded live metal package. 

Katatonia's take over of this continent begins tonight; click here to get tickets to select shows on this must-see tour. 

Watch a trailer for the band's tour above and check out Katatonia's North American tour dates below:

March 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
March 17 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
March 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
March 19 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
March 21 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
March 23 - New Orleans, LA - Republic (click here for tickets)
March 24 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
March 25 - Austin, TX - Grizzly Hall
March 26 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
March 28 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
March 29 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre (click here for tickets)
March 31 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
April 1 - San Francisco CA - Slim's
April 3 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
April 4 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
April 5 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
April 7 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway
April 8 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
April 10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
April 11 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
April 12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
April 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
April 15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
April 16 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater (click here for tickets)
April 17 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
April 19 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
April 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
April 21 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza