Catharsis (American band)
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Catharsis live 1/17/2013 at King's Barcade in Raleigh, NC
|Origin||Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States|
|Labels||Fifth Column Conspiracy
|Past members||Brian D
Catharsis was an influential American hardcore punk band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina that was active from 1994 to 2002. Catharsis were known for writing extremely lengthy songs (sometimes broken into multiple parts) with complex title names and unusual time signatures. They were related to anarchist collective CrimethInc.
Catharsis was formed in 1994 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
After a couple of releases, vocalist and studio guitarist Brian D began releasing the band's albums through the anarchist decentralized collective CrimethInc., with which he was heavily involved. Several members of the band went on to join or form other notable bands such as Zegota, Paint It Black, Requiem, 3 Inches Of Blood, Trial, Neptune, Undying, Walls of Jericho and Cathode.
Catharsis took appreciable influence from Integrity, Neurosis, His Hero Is Gone, Breakdown, Starkweather, Amebix, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Diamanda Galás, GISM, Refused and the early demo recordings of Belgian hardcore band, Negate. The dark, reggae-styled song, 'Deserts Without Mirages' on the album, Passion, is perhaps a reflection of the singer's appreciation for Peter Tosh. The song's lyrics borrow from the spoken word passages in the Godspeed You! Black Emperor song 'The Dead Flag Blues'. Passion album also samples from Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man.
- Brian D - vocals, in-studio guitar (1994–2002)
- Alexei Rodriguez - drums (1994–2002)
- Rob Davis - bass (2001–2002)
- Stef - guitar (2000–2002)
- Christopher Huggins - guitar (1994)
- Mark Dixon - bass (1994)
- Jimmy Chang - guitar (1995–96)
- Jonathan Raine - bass (1995–96)
- Dan Young - guitar (1996–98)
- Matt Miller - guitar, bass (1996–2001)
- Ernie Hayes - bass (1998–2001)
- Josh Mosh - bass (2001)
|1994||Fall demo cassette||Self Released|
|1995||self-titled 7"||Endless Fight Records|
|1997||Samsara CD/LP||CrimethInc./Goodlife Recordings (first vinyl press)|
|1997||Live in the Land of the Dead (split LP with Gehenna)||Wicked Witch|
|1999||Passion CD/LP||CrimethInc./Scorched Earth Policy [Germany]|
|1999||Live in the Land of the Dead (split CD with Newspeak)||Liberation/CrimethInc.|
|2001||Arsonist's Prayer (split CD/LP with Newborn)||CrimethInc./Scorched Earth Policy [Germany]|
|2004||Crimethinc. Bootleg Series 1 (live split CD with Zegota and Gehenna)||Self Released|
- Myspace tribute site
- Aversion Online
- Catharsis/Newborn review
- Live in Ireland 2001
- Marut (17 December 2012). "Catharsis Discography and Reunion Shows". CrimethInc.