Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Katra is a Finnish Symphonic metal band founded in 2006 by vocalist Katra Solopuro.

Katra Solopuro has been studying piano, since the age of 6. At 14 she switched to voice lessons. Today she studies singing and theatre music in Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She also has a background in dance and gymnastics. She has a daughter, Illusia, whose father is the guitarist Risto Katajisto. In her former bands, Lovex and Essentia, she played keyboard and sang background vocals. In the band Coverstone she is a vocalist. Other current members of Katra include Guitarist Kristian Kangasniemi (Sonicmind), bassist Johannes Tolonen (When the Empire Falls, Alcoholica), drummer Matti Auerkallio (Avenie, Soulfallen, Duality, Animal House, Mistreaters and Four Hoarsemen), and guitarist Teemu Mätäsjärvi (Alcoholica).

Katra Solopuro released a single Sahara in September 2006. Then she formed the band Katra and published the self-titled album Katra through Edel Records in Spring 2007. The Sahara single received lots of radio play and while on tour, the band started writing new material.

In 2007 Katra participated in he Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with the songs Tietäjä and Vaaratar. Tietäjä was chosen into the final and finished 8th. The song was accused of plagiarism, it was said the song resembled a song of the Dutch metal band Within Temptation.

In November 2007 it was announced that Napalm Records signed Katra and asked for an international version of their 2007 album Katra. The band recorded the 2007 album Katra in English, along with two new songs and named the English language release Beast Within. The album was produced by Risto Asikainen (Stratovarious) at Jean Records Studio. Beast Within was published in late August/early September 2008. The band played a couple of gigs in Germany, including Summer Breeze Open Air 2009 and received a good response. Katra also released a video for the title track Beast Within. On June 19, 2010 Katra opened for Theatre of Tragedy at Circo Volador in Mexico, a career highlight for all of the members.

Out of the Ashes was released in October 2010 internationally through Napalm Records and in Finland through Bullhead Music. Although it is their third album, Katra considers it their first creation as a band. A video was released for the song One Wish Away that features an appearance by Flamma, the biggest and most versatile fire performance group in Finland. The German Orkus magazine reviewed it as darker, more melancholic and more determined than the previous album.

Katra have been featured in Germany's Orkus magazine, where they won Best International Newcomer in the 2009 fan poll, and China's X music magazine. Katra have also been nominated in the Best Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal category for the album Beast Within on the Estonian webzine Metal Storm.

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