Self-described as "MORBID ANGEL meets AT THE GATES", ANATA is the perfect bridge between explosive American death metal and bloody European thrash. Dreams of Death and Dismay, the band's second full-length, combines precise, angular riffing with a superb sense of melody, resulting in rapid, harmonic metal the likes of which hasn't surfaced in years. Formed in Varberg, Sweden in 1993 by Fredrik Schälin (lead guitar, vocals), Robert Petersson (drums), Mattias Svensson (guitar) and Martin Sjötrand (bass), ANATA's penchant for penning unrelenting death metal with a razor-sharp sense of melody has always been an inherent trait in their songwriting. As the band grew as musicians and songwriters, the music shifted into a darker, more death metal direction. Performing live with Dissection, Lake Of Tears and Beseech, ANATA also proved to be an intense live outfit. It was in this arena that the band honed their skills equivalent to that of their more experienced countrymen.
ANATA's first demo, Bury Forever the Garden of Lie, was recorded in June 1995. The recording was met with overwhelming success from the European press, and furthered the band's visibility in the worldwide market. Yet, even with an acclaimed demo behind them and increasing interest from press and labels, guitarist Mattias Svensson and bassist Martin Sjötrand left the band in 1996. In the same year, ANATA found a new bassist in Henrik Drake. Ready for battle once again, ANATA recorded their second demo, Vast Lands of My Infernal Dominion in 1997. The demo signaled a continued drive to venture faster into the depths of death metal, using the blueprint drawn and re-drawn by their American counterparts as a guide. By year's end, the band found Andreas Allenmark to fill in as second guitarist.
The quality of Vast Lands of My Infernal Dominion landed in the hands of French label Season Of Mist, and only half a year later ANATA was in the studio recording their debut album. Titled, The Infernal Depths of Hatred, the album featured four songs from their second demo as well as four new tracks. Tracks like Released When You're Dead and Aim Not at the Kingdom High ushered a move into thicker, bottom-heavy death metal while Slain Upon His Altar and Dethrone the Hypocrites maintained the band's yearning for harmonic structure. As evidence of the album's greatness, French magazine, Metallian, voted Infernal Depths of Hatred, "Album Of The Month." The mounting praise from fans and critics alike didn't stop ANATA.
Never one to rest on their laurels, ANATA started writing for a second full-length. Dreams of Death and Dismay harnesses ANATA's punishing songwriting abilities into 10 explosive songs of uncompromising, aggressive death metal. ANATA's fierce, all-over-the-fretboard riffing, however, never compromised the band's superb melodic sense. The seamless combination of musical elements and culmination of many years of experience shows that Dreams of Death and Dismay isn't merely a death metal album with fantastic melodic purport, it's an album that shows where the genre has been and where it's headed. ANATA is the future of intense, intricate metal.
Fredrik Schalin (lead vocals /guitar)
Henrik Drake (bass)
Andreas Allenmark (guitar)
Conny Pettersson (drums)
Official website: http://www.varberg.se/~drake