IF YOU GO

What: Katatonia concert


When: 7 p.m. May 22


Where: Top Deck, 515 E. Main St., Farmington


Cost: $20


FARMINGTON — People with catatonic schizophrenia lose touch with reality. They appear to be in coma-like states, unable to speak, move or respond.

Anders Nyström the founder of Swedish heavy metal group Katatonia wants his band's music to make people experience a kind of catatonic schizophrenia.

"We wanted to take people away from everyday life," said Nyström, the band's guitarist and backing vocalist.

On May 22, Katatonia will perform at Top Deck in Farmington.

Nyström said when the band was invited to perform at Top Deck, they accepted because they enjoy traveling to new places. The band is currently on tour and stops include cities in the U.S., Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden and Finland. After performing in Farmington, the band is scheduled to perform in Tucson, Ariz., before heading to California.

Music first became part of Nyström's life when he was 9 years old. His teacher wanted everyone in his class to play the balalaika, a three-stringed instrument from Russia.

But as he got older, Nyström found himself drawn more to heavy metal music.

"You can't play heavy metal on a balalaika," Nyström said.

So, when he was a teenager, his father got him a guitar.

In 1991, when Nyström was 16 years old, he and his friend Jonas Renske started Katatonia. Nyström said one of the best moments in his life was when Katatonia released its debut album, "Dance of December Souls." He went to a record store and began flipping through albums. When he got to the K's, he spotted his own album.

"You can't beat that moment," Nyström said.

More than 20 years later, Renske and Nyström are still recording albums and have been joined by three other members Daniel Liljekvist, Per Eriksson and Niklas Sandin.

The band released its ninth album, "Dead End King," last year. The latest album has been the band's most successful, claiming the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Hard Rock albums chart.

Nyström said "Dead End King" sticks with the band's trademark sound. Sometimes, it's mellow, and other times the music is heavy. Nyström said that Katatonia is know for transitioning between those extremes.

Nyström said he loves music because of how powerful it can be. It can alter one's mood and help someone through a stage in life, he said.

"Without music, life would be very dull," Nyström said.

Katatonia members also write all the music for their albums. Nyström said inspiration for the songs comes from all over. Sometimes, he can be inspired by a movie he watches, and other times he could be inspired by someone he meets. As he travels, he occasionally finds inspiration in the places he visits.

"Basically, everything you go through in life is one big inspiration," he said.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.