With a trailblazing attitude and relentless work ethic, and with several successful tours and festivals in Europe and Asia under their belt, Swedish Rock act We Are The Catalyst has with their unique fusion of futuristic cinematic atmospheres and an explosive genre-defying Rock sound proven time and again since their inception in 2012 that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Fronted by the unique Cat Fey, with her instantly likeable melodies, story-telling ability, strength and voice made for huge pop songs, they manage to stand out in the vast number of Rock and Metal bands today and has amassed over 17 million streams and views online across different platforms, and thousands of songs sold since the start, combining elements of rock, metal, pop, electronics, alternative rock and cinematic soundtracks.
With their innovative and experimental approach to music-making, We Are The Catalyst has carved out a niche for themselves as something truly different.
Their upcoming fifth album pushes the boundaries of their sound even further, incorporating cinematic soundscapes that transport listeners straight into post-apocalyptic desolation, cyberpunk streets, dying stars, augmented humans, and ancient alien ruins. Songs that could easily fit into movie universes like Blade Runner, Interstellar, Dune and Prometheus, as well as game universes such as Cyberpunk 2077, Control, Deus Ex, and Mass Effect.
We Are The Catalyst's music is truly one-of-a-kind, with a futuristic edge that invokes sci-fi imagery and a sound that defies easy categorization. Their talent and dedication to their craft have earned them recognition and acclaim, and they are undoubtedly one of the most exciting and innovative bands on the music scene today.
The new yet untitled album is set to be released in late 2024 with several singles to be released ahead of the album.
The members Cat Fey , Kenny Boufadene and Håkan Strind spent years touring with their former band, the Modern Metal act One Without (sharing bills with Dead By April, Evergrey, Katatonia and more, as well as releasing albums on Lifeforce Records and other labels) and have channeled their skills and passion into We Are The Catalyst.
The band’s debut EP from 2013, Panem Et Circenses, was a critical and fan favorite, earning the band spots on several major soundtracks and video airplay in over 20 countries. Considering their pedigree, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The debut album, Monuments released in October of 2014, topped everything expected from WATC. Released worldwide by Ferocity Records, it hit harder, it soared higher, and it cut just a little bit deeper. Case in point was their single for “Don’t You Worry Child,” a blunt assessment of the heartbreaking truths surrounding child abuse in the world and the steps that we can all take to help end this terrible affliction. At the start of the music video for the single none other than talk-show legend Jerry Springer is addressing the viewer with a request to help raise funds, as all profits from the single go to The Fostering Network and helping children in need find loving homes.
In March of 2015, We Are The Catalyst embarked on a 10 day tour of China, doing their second show ever being specially invited to perform at the prestigious “Sound of the Xity” music expo in Beijing, as well as playing stand-alone shows and Chinas biggest music festival “Strawberry Festival” in Shanghai, where WATC headlined the “Planet Stage”.
In June of 2015 WATC won first prize in a competition organized by Metal Hammer, Bloodstock and the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Delain, where the prize was to perform at Bloodstock Open Air, with bands like Trivium, Sabaton, Within Temptation and more, as well as opening for Delain at their Birmingham show on their UK tour. This coincided with WATC doing their first UK headline tour of 13 shows in October/November.
In December of 2015 WATC returned to the UK for the third time that year, now headlining the second stage at the festival “Planet Rockstock” with bands like The Darkness, FM and Rival Sons.
With their album “Elevation”, released on September 2nd of 2016, the band took their sound to a new level. Darker, heavier and more emotional while still maintaining the WATC trademark melodic modern sound.
UK rock & metal promoter Matt Seddon said of WATC and the album “Elevation”:
“We Are The Catalyst are a shining light in the rock and metal world right now. It´s rare to find a band who can hook you and captivate you as well as this band do. By combining soaring vocal lines and catchy melodies, We Are The Catalyst have set the benchmark for modern metal bands – providing an intense and awe inspiring listening experience that will have you begging for more. Their new album Elevation is going to take the world by force!”
2018 was spent recording and perfecting the new album “Ephemeral”, that was released on February 13th 2019 with great reception from fans and critics alike, being hailed as the best the band has ever done and “certainly the album that should break the band in the global market”. The album was followed by shows and festivals in Europe.
In 2020 and 2021 We Are The Catalyst recorded and released the fourth album “Perseverance” – also signing a contract with Raw Street Noise (Part of Despotz records) who released the album on November 26th of 2021.
In 2022 the band started work on their fifth studio album and going back to their DIY mindset self-released the first single “Hollow” on june 9th 2023, showcasing their new futuristic and atmospheric sci-fi sound.