Gothenburg thrash/melodic death metallers Archaea have unleashed their powerful début album Catalyst, which the kind souls at Heavy Blog Is Heavy are premiering. They also have filmed a live set performing at Emergenza, and the first song “Cryosphere” has been unveiled over at No Clean Singing! 

Archaea Catalyst


Commenting on the album, Heavy Blog stated: “It’ll feel refreshing to all listeners to hear something that’s been a staple for so long get a little facelift. They are definitely on the right path towards achieving legions of disenchanted melodic death fans the world over.

Meanwhile, NCS praised the video, saying: “Nils Bossius has a savage vocal delivery. The song [Cryosphere] has some tasty riffs that will get your head moving. And the band do a nice job mixing things up, changing the pace and the volume and combining melodic keyboard interludes, ass-kicking grooves, swirling guitar leads, and thrashing riffage to create a dynamic listening experience.


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Archaea was founded in 2007 by the Heidarsson brothers Hannes and Markus, on keyboard and guitar. After a few intense formative years in the Gothenburg underground scene, Archaea set its sights putting their songs to tape. During this process Archaea was radically reshaped, with half the original lineup making way for new talent in guitarist Magnus Lindegård, drummer Alexander Molnar, bassist Richard Mikulasi and former guitarist Nils Bossius Klintenberg switching to take center stage as vocalist.


Despite little studio experience, they built their own studio to record the first albumCatalyst during 2014. With the help of Johan Treptow for mixing and mastering, and with original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi, Catalyst has turned out to be a creation that surpassed expectations.


Catalyst is an album that showcases the current form of Archaea, as well as capturing material from throughout the band’s existence. Ranging from crushing darkness to brilliant melody, with sharp contrasts and fluently shifting dynamics, Catalyst constitutes an intense musical journey. Archaea is now eager to unleash their unique form of melodic death metal upon the world!


Archaea are:
Nils Bossius – Vocals

Hannes Heidarsson – Keyboard

Markus Heidarsson – Guitar

Magnus Lindegård – Guitar

Richard Mikulasi – Bass

Alexander Molnar – Drums

Original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi. Photography by Jessica Blomé.

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