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catamenia n : the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle [syn: menstruation, menses, menstruum, period, flow]

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, the neuter plural of καταμηνιος ‘monthly’, from κατα− + μην ‘month’.


  • /kætə'mi:nɪə/


  1. the female period, menstrual discharge

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Catamenia is a melodic black metal band from Finland, founded in 1995 by original members Riku Hopeakoski and Mika Tönning in Oulu.


They released their first demo album in their first active year, simply titled Demo '95. Their second demo, Winds released in 1996, led to a four-album contract with Massacre Records in 1997. Their debut full-length album Halls of Frozen North was recorded in Commusication Studios, Beindersheim, Germany, in 1997 with Gerhard Magin (Crematory, Mystic Circle) and was released in 1998. A year later they recorded their second album, Morning Crimson (1999) in Sweden, at Sunlight Studios with Thomas Skogsberg (Katatonia, Dismember). The band's third album Eternal Winter's Prophecy was recorded in their home country in 2000 at Tico-Tico Studios with Ahti Kortelainen (Kalmah, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Dawn of Relic). Their last album for Massacre Records was entitled Eskhata, released in 2002, recorded in Oulu, Finland at SoundMix Studios with producer Mika Pohjola (The Black League). After the release and promotion of Eskhata, Catamenia renewed their contract with Massacre Records for three more albums, citing good working relations.
Catamenia faced many line-up changes during the rehearsal of their fifth album, but their line-up steadied and again were a six-piece for its release.
Catamenia recorded their fifth album Chaos Born at Neo Studio in Oulu, Finland with Kari Vähäkuopus and Immu Ilmarinen (Burning Point, Embraze, Afterworld, Sentenced). ChaosBorn combines melodics and aggressive metal with excellent balance. After praise from media and their fans for ChaosBorn, Winternight Tragedies was stated as their sixth studio release, again with Mastervox Studios and producers Kakke Vähäkuopus and Immu Ilmarinen.
While working on Winternight Tragedies, the band encountered problems with collaboration, distance and lack of practice. As a result line-up changes were made. Vocalist Mika and bassist Timo were replaced by new vocalist O.J. Mustonen and bassist Mikko Hepo-oja.
The album features raw, aggressive and angry songs while still keeping the melodious background intact.
In 2006, their seventh album, was released. Later that year, a DVD entitled, Bringing the Cold to Poland, was released featuring live recordings at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland.
Drummer Veikko Jumisko departed from Catamenia in Spring 2007 because he was not capable to join the touring anymore.
The US tour has been postponed until 2008, because of promotion problems. A short Canadian tour called Brothers of Cold is happening in May 2008.
In May of 2008, Olli Mustonen left the band for undisclosed reasons. It is believed since he missed the Canadian tour, he was deemed unreliable. Ari Nissilä will take over lead vocals from now on.






  • "Kuolon Tanssi" (music video) (2003)
  • "Tuhat Vuotta" (music video) (2006)
  • Bringing the Cold to Poland (DVD) (2006)
  • "Location: COLD" (music video) (2006)

Cover songs

  • "Fuel for Hatred" (Satyricon) − on Winternight Tragedies
  • "I Wanna Be Somebody" (W.A.S.P.) − on Location: COLD




  • Olli-Jukka Mustonen − vocals (2003-2008)
  • Mika Tönning − vocals (1995–2003)
  • Sampo Ukkola − guitars (1995–1999)
  • Timo Lehtinen − bass (1995–2003)
  • Mikko Hepo-oja − bass (2005–2006)
  • Heidi Riihinen − keyboards (1995–2000)
  • Tero Nevala − keyboards (2003–2006)
  • Toni Tervo − drums (1995–1999)
  • Sir Luttinen − drums (2000)
  • Janne Kusmin − drums (2002)
  • Veikko Jumisko − drums (2003–2007)
  • Antti Haapsamo − vocals on "Location: COLD"

See also

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catamenia in German: Catamenia
catamenia in Spanish: Catamenia
catamenia in French: Catamenia (groupe)
catamenia in Italian: Catamenia
catamenia in Polish: Catamenia
catamenia in Portuguese: Catamenia
catamenia in Romanian: Catamenia
catamenia in Russian: Catamenia
catamenia in Finnish: Catamenia
catamenia in Swedish: Catamenia
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