Katatonia’s Anders Nyström on how he crafts his signature melancholy metal sound – and impersonates whale song with guitar effects

Anders Nyström
(Image credit: Future / Will Ireland)

Katatonia’s Sky Void of Stars marks the second album in a row to not feature songs by founding guitarist Anders Nyström – as with 2020’s City Burials, the band’s 12th long-player was helmed completely by vocalist Jonas Renske.

But when it comes to how the Swedish six-stringer interprets his bandmate’s material – via percussively progressive riffage and a foreboding miasma of ambient effects-work – the gloom veteran is anything but muted on Katatonia’s latest release.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.