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Kittie performing in 2008
Background information
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1996 (1996)—present
Labels E1, X of Infamy, Artemis, Ng
Associated acts The Alcohollys, Pigface, Night of the Demons, Amphibious Assault, The Dear & Departed, Scars of Tomorrow, Winds of Plague, Spine, Still Unbroken, Suicide City, Thine Eyes Bleed, In the Wake, The Candy Darlings
Website .com.kittierockswww
Members Morgan Lander
Mercedes Lander
Tara McLeod
Trish Doan
Past members Tanya Candler
Fallon Bowman
Talena Atfield
Lisa Marx
Jennifer Arroyo
Ivana "Ivy" Vujic

Kittie (stylized as KiTTiE) are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996. They have released six studio albums, one video albums, four extended plays, thirteen singles and thirteen music videos. The band chose their band name to be "Kittie" because the name "seemed contradictory".[1]

Kittie formed in 1996 when Spit", which was certified gold by the RIAA and sold at least 600,000 copies in the United States. The band released "Oracle" in 2001 and "Until the End" in 2004. In 2005, Kittie parted ways with Artemis Records and created their own label. The band released "Funeral for Yesterday" in 2007 and signed to E1 Music in 2009. The band released "In the Black" in 2009 and "I've Failed You" in 2011. In 2014, Kittie made a documentary as a 20th anniversary of the band.

Kittie has been categorized under multiple genres of rock music, especially heavy metal genres, including death metal, nu metal and alternative metal. Originally a nu metal band, Kittie changed their style later, using elements of genres such as black metal and death metal.


  • History 1
    • 1996—2004 (Early years, record deal, "Spit", "Oracle" and "Until the End") 1.1
    • 2005—2007 (Parting ways with Artemis Records and "Funeral for Yesterday") 1.2
    • 2008—2010 ("In the Black") 1.3
    • 2011—2013 ("I've Failed You" and "Not So... Safe") 1.4
    • 2014—present (Project and documentary) 1.5
  • Musical style and influences 2
  • Band members 3
    • Timeline 3.1
  • Discography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


1996—2004 (Early years, record deal, "Spit", "Oracle" and "Until the End")

Kittie was formed in 1996,[2] when drummer Spit for "Home Video of the Year" in the magazine's 2000 Readers' Choice Awards. The band was also voted "New Band of the Year", "Who's Going to be the Next Big Thing", and "Most Underrated Band", earning them a total of five Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards that year.[8] On July 11th 2000, Kittie made a home-video called "Spit in Your Eye" which featured interviews of the band and the band playing shows with the band Slipknot.[9]

In the August 2001, Fallon Bowman left Kittie.[10] On October 30th 2001, Kittie released their second album "Jeff Phillips who worked as Kittie's guitar technician. In 2002, Talena Atfield left the band and was replaced on bass by Jennifer Arroyo.[15] In 2004, the group added guitarist Lisa Marx, and Jeff Phillips went to work full-time on his side project, Thine Eyes Bleed.[3] On July 27th 2004, Kittie released their third studio album "Until the End".[16]

2005—2007 (Parting ways with Artemis Records and "Funeral for Yesterday")

Until March 2005, Kittie were signed to Artemis Records but parted ways with the label due to "a proposed amendment to the recording budget for the pending fourth Kittie album." Problems between the group and record label had been long speculated. In March 2004, Artemis and Kittie came to an out of court settlement over unpaid royalties and eleven breaches of contract by Artemis.[17]

On March 23, 2005, Morgan Lander reported that both Lisa Marx and Jennifer Arroyo had left the band.[18] Jennifer Arroyo's split was amicable while Lisa Marx's came as a surprise. As with Talena Atfield's departure from the band, unjustified rumours about financial reasons were cited; and in the case of Jennifer Arroyo, the desire to work outside of Kittie full-time was an additional factor. Jennifer Arroyo would go on to join Billy Graziadei of Biohazard to form Suicide City.[3]

In 2005, Kittie added two new members: In the Arms of Devastation, by the Canadian death metal band Kataklysm.[21]

Kittie created their own record label, Kiss of Infamy Records and used it to release their fourth studio album. The label name was later changed to "X of Infamy" after a cease-and-desist letter from attorneys representing Kiss Catalog Ltd. (the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the musical group "[31] In March 2010, Kittie embarked on another North American tour with God Forbid, Periphery and Gwen Stacy as support. From May through June 2010, Kittie took part in the Happy Daze tour headlined by Insane Clown Posse and featuring Coolio, Kottonmouth Kings and Necro.[32]

Kittie participated in the 2010 Thrash and Burn tour through July and August which also featured Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Evergreen Terrace, Stick to Your Guns, Chelsea Grin, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Impending Doom, Periphery and Greeley Estates.[33]

Kittie was the opening act for Devildriver's North American tour.[34]

2011—2013 ("I've Failed You" and "Not So... Safe")

Kittie's sixth studio album, titled "I've Failed You", was released on August 30, 2011.[35] Two videos were released for the songs "We Are The Lamb" and "Empires (Part 2)".[36] In 2011, Mercedes Lander joined the all-female power pop band The Alcohollys featuring former Kittie bassist Tanya Candler. On February 13th, 2012, Kittie announced that Ivy Vuijic was resigning from the band and that Trish Doan would be returning.[37] In September 2012, Kittie released a compilation called Not So... Safe.[38]

2014—present (Project and documentary)

Starting in early 2014 Kittie started posting on their Facebook about a secret project that was in the works. On March 8 Kittie started posting photos on their Facebook and instagram of past and present members all together in the same room with a camera. On March 28, 2014 Kittie dropped a largely successful indiegogo campaign[39] celebrating the impending 20th anniversary of the band with a DVD documentary featuring past and present members and a tell all book. Kittie reached their goal of $20,000 in 8 hours. Kittie have slated Rob McCallum to direct the documentary and Mark Eglinton to help pen the Tell all biography. The campaign closed on April 28, 2014, with a total amount of $40,525 raised, 203% of the initial goal.[40]

Musical style and influences

Kittie has been put under multiple genres of music, especially heavy metal genres. Kittie have been categorized as nu metal,[41][42][43][44][45][46][47] gothic metal,[48] grindcore,[48] punk,[49] screamo,[43] alt-punk,[3] heavy metal,[50][51] extreme metal,[38] thrash metal,[52] hard rock,[53] death metal,[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61] and alternative metal.[62][63] Kittie has often used death metal and black metal vocals in their songs and usually had clean singing in those songs as well.[42][54][64][65] On the Spit album, Kittie used screaming, clean singing and rapping.[66][67] Kittie began as a nu metal band but then abandoned the nu metal style.[42] SPIN compared Kittie to the band Mudvayne.[68]

Kittie is often known for being an all-female band. Kittie's drummer Mercedes Lander said that she wants Kittie to be seen as just a metal band instead of a "girl metal" band saying “You don’t call Machine Head a ’boy metal band,’ you call them a metal band … Why should they make an exception [for us] just because of the gender? It’s almost the exact same kind of music, except we don’t have penises”.[50]

The band cited bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Carcass, At the Gates, Acid Bath, Van Halen and Testament as their influences.[14][69] When Kittie made their debut album, the band were listening to bands such as Silverchair, Alice in Chains and Nirvana.[14]

Band members

Current members
Former members
Session and touring members



Studio albums


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External links

  • Official website
In January 2010, Kittie returned to Europe to promote the album

On June 26th 2009, it was announced that Kittie signed to the E1 Music record label.[28] The band's fifth studio album "In the Black", was released on September 15, 2009.[28] Videos were shot for two singles, "Cut Throat" and "Sorrow I Know". "Cut Throat" premiered on MTV 2's Headbangers Ball on September 5, 2009 and on the Canadian show Much Loud on 20 September 2009. "Cut Throat" was also featured on the Saw VI Soundtrack released on October 20, 2009.[29] On September 16, 2009, an announcement was made that German label Massacre Records would distribute In the Black in Europe.[30]

[27] Between October 18, 2008 and November 8, 2008, Kittie completed their first European tour in six years. The tour included dates in the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.[26] On March 4th 2008, Kittie announced the departure of Trish Doan due to the

2008—2010 ("In the Black")

[24].In This Moment, and Dead To Fall, 36 Crazyfists, Walls of Jericho alongside Funeral for Yesterday Tour In February 2007, Kittie toured as part of the [23] Their debut album and supporting tour earned Kittie coverage in

[3] was selected as the new bassist.Talena Atfield Tanya Candler left the band in the winter of 1999 to finish high school and [7].Canada and at least 40,000 copies in United States The album "Spit" has sold at least 600,000 copies in the [3][6].RIAA Although "Spit" isn't Kittie's album that has their highest chart-position, the album is their most successful album, being certified gold by the [5].Slipknot and toured with the band [4] on Artemis RecordsSpit Kittie released their debut album [2] NG Records was bought out by Artemis Records therefore Kittie ended up on Artemis Records.[3] got a hold of Kittie's demo.Garth Richardson Kittie got signed to the NG Records-distributed record label Artemis Records and producer [2] Kittie approached Jake Weiner, a person who was second in command at NG Records. The band went up to Jake and made him see the band play live and Jake and the rest of NG Records signed Kittie in the summer of 1999.[2] The band played concerts at Call the Office and The Embassy and signed up for Canadian Music Week in 1999.[2] Tanya Candler completed the lineup on bass. Kittie made demos and started playing concerts in 1998.[2]

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