|Genres||Symphonic metal, power metal, neoclassical metal|
|Labels||Irond, Hammer Müzik|
Catharsis is a Russian symphonic power metal band founded in 1996.
The band was founded in Moscow in 1996 by guitarist Igor Polakov and vocalist Sergey Bendrikov. In its demo albums the band played a kind of death doom metal, but since their second album, "Febris Erotica", they turned to the style of symphonic metal. This album received many positive reviews in Russian music magazines. Readers of Rock City magazine voted for the band as "1999's Best Rookies". The album's follow-up, "Dea", featured voice of Catharsis' new vocalist - Oleg Zhilyakov.
In 2002, Oleg "Mission" Mishin, experienced guitarist and flute player, joined Catharsis and became their main songwriter in following albums "Imago" (2003) and "Wings" (2005). Many lyrics on these albums were written by Margarita Pushkina, a poet who writes lyrics for metal bands such as Aria, Kipelov, Mavrik.
In 2006, Catharsis was awarded the Russian Alternative Music Prize as The Best Russian metal act.