Catharsis (Russian band)

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Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres Symphonic metal, power metal
death doom metal (debut album)
Years active1996–present
Labels Irond, Hammer Müzik
MembersOleg Zhilyakov
Oleg Misson
Igor Polyakov
Aleksandr Timonin
Julia Red
Anatoliy Levitin

Catharsis is a Russian symphonic power metal band founded in 1996. [1]

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional heavy metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a faster, lighter, and more uplifting sound, in contrast with the heaviness and dissonance prevalent for example in extreme metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound. The term was first used in the middle of the 1980s and refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe, South America and Japan, with a lighter, more melodic sound and frequent use of keyboards.



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.

Moscow Capital city of Russia

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and 20 million within the metropolitan area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.

Death-doom is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It combines the slow tempos and pessimistic or depressive mood of doom metal with the deep growling vocals and double kick drumming of death metal. The genre emerged in the late-1980s and gained a certain amount of popularity during the 1990s, but had become less common by the turn of the 21st century. In turn, death-doom gave rise to the closely related genre of funeral doom as well as to the more melodic, gloomy and romantic gothic metal.

<i>Febris Erotica</i> 1999 EP by Catharsis

Febris Erotica is the second EP by the Russian power metal band Catharsis. It was released in 1999 by Isolated Records. In 2004, the EP, together with the Dea album, was released by Irond.

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.

Imago the last stage in an insects metamorphosis

In biology, the imago is the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis, its process of growth and development; it also is called the imaginal stage, the stage in which the insect attains maturity. It follows the final ecdysis of the immature instars.

<i>Krylya</i> (album) 2005 studio album by Catharsis

Крылья (Kryla) ("Wings") is the fourth full-length album by the Russian power metal band Catharsis. It was released on March 25, 2005, by Irond.

Margarita Pushkina Russian musician

Margarita Anatolyevna Pushkina is a Russian lyricist, singer, and writer. She has written lyrics for several Soviet and Russian rock groups, including Aria and Kipelov.

In 2006, Catharsis was awarded the Russian Alternative Music Prize as The Best Russian metal act. [2]



Studio albums and EPs

<i>Imago</i> (2002 Catharsis album) 2002 studio album by Catharsis

Imago is the second full-length album by the Russian Power Metal band Catharsis. It was released in 2002 by Irond. In 2003, a Russian language twin album Имаго (Imago) was released.

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

<i>Imago</i> (2003 Catharsis album) 2003 studio album by Catharsis

Imago (Имаго) is the third full-length album by the Russian Power Metal band Catharsis. It was released in 2003 by Irond. It is a Russian language twin to the 2002 English language album Imago.

Live albums


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  1. Sharpe-Young, Garry (2003). A-Z of Power Metal. London: Cherry Red Books Ltd. ISBN   1-901447-13-8.
  2. RAMP 2006 website