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Below is our complete Katatonia news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Shining Replaces Katatonia for Inferno Festival

The Swedish black metal band SHINING will replace Katatonia after they had to cancel their tour and put the band on a short-term hiatus. Shining has just released their tenth album “X - Varg utan flock” earlier this year and are ready to step in and show the Inferno audience Swedish black metal at its very best! More...

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Katatonia Going On "Short-Term Hiatus"

Katatonia announce that they will be going on a ‘short-term hiatus’ to ‘re-evaluate what the future holds for the band.’ They issued the below statement on that:

"Following our re-scheduled dates for the Baltics and Russia in Feb/March, due to recent issues and injury, it will mark the end of the touring cycle for ”The Fall of Hearts” and after much deliberation we have decided that we will put Katatonia on a short-term hiatus.

We need to take some time out to re-evaluate what the future holds for the band. Unfortunately this will affect the live dates in Norway, Germany, Spain and Poland, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused."

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V Debuts New Song "At the End of Your Time"

Sludge outfit V (featuring current/ex- members of Katatonia, In Mourning, etc.) debuts a new song entitled "At the End of Your Time", taken from the upcoming new album "Pathogenisis", which will be out in stores November 8 on Suicide Records.

Check out now "At the End of Your Time" below.

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.


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Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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Vesperia's Morgan Rider Covers Katatonia Track

Vesperia frontman Morgan Rider has posted an acoustic cover video performing one of his favorite tracks from Katatonia: "Idle Blood" from the "Night Is The New Day" album.

Rider comments: "I recorded this cover in my home studio and filmed it in the crown lands near my house. I am a big Katatonia fan and have been wanting to record an homage to them with a slightly altered arrangement for awhile now."

Vesperia is also currently completing the recording of a new album to follow 2015’s "The Iron Tempests" EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer / producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater). More...

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Uncanny Premieres Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Swedish death metal veterans Uncanny premiere the full-album stream of their new three-track EP "Liturgy", out in stores now via Bandcamp. Original members Fredrik Norrman (Katatonia, October Tide) and Kennet Englund (Dellamorte, Interment, Centinex) are joined by new vocalist Mikael Hanni (Disrupted). The EP also includes guest solos on two tracks by Jonas Kjellgren (ex-Carnal Forge, Scar Symmetry, Centinex).

Check out now "Liturgy" in its entirety below.

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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ProgPower Announces 2017 Lineup

Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), promoter of the annual ProgPower USA Festival held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the lineup for Days 3 and 4 of the event's 18th year just after Scar Symmetry's set on Friday, September 9, 2016.

The dates for next year's festival will be held from September 6-9, 2017. Also, the event will keep to its Day 1-4 format introduced this year, but lineups for Days 1-2 will be announced by co-promoters Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) and Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) through the festival website and social media pages in the coming weeks. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 1, 2016 through Ticketmaster.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Day 3 - Friday (September 8, 2017)

Distorted Harmony
Lords Of Black
Angel Dust
Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress (Headliner)

Day 4 - Saturday (September 9, 2017)

Snowy Shaw
Katatonia (Headliner)

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Katatonia Releases "Shifts" Video

Anders Nyström of Swedish gloom kings Katatonia just issued the following announcement about releasing a new video:

"Ahead of our upcoming European tour we are proud to reveal a new music video for ‘Shifts’, directed by Lasse Hoile. As the music for this song unfolded it took off in a different direction from usually what we do.

"Driven by its gentle, lush and shimmering rendition of melancholy it would take you for a waltz daydreaming of the past, longing for the happiest times of your life, only to find that when the dance is over, emptiness has filled another chamber of your heart. Both Jonas and Lasse enhanced these ideas into beautifully told lyrics and a simple, but very touching video."

The "Shifts" track is taken off latest full-length album "The Fall Of Hearts," which is still available for streaming in full here. More...

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Vola Joining Katatonia On Tour

A musical journey into the mind in pursuit of happiness, set to a mix of 70’s progressive rock, modern day electronica, and industrial: that's what young Copenhagen quartet Vola is offering on debut album "Inmazes."

The album is due out through Mascot Records on 2LP, CD, and digital formats September 16th - just in time for a tour with Katatonia.

Talking about the tour, Vola comments: “We are exceptionally excited about joining Katatonia and Agent Fresco on tour around Europe. These are two of our favourite bands, and it will be an absolute honor to share the stage with them. This is also a great opportunity to present Inmazes live and share something that we are very proud of, with all of you. Can’t wait to meet you out there!” More...

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Katatonia Streaming Full New Album

Sweden's dark rock/metal quintet Katatonia is now streaming brand new studio album "The Fall of Hearts" in its entirety on SoundCloud. Listen in below.

As an added bonus, the stream features an extra track of clips of the three "The Fall of Hearts" bonus songs released across the various formats of the album.

"The Fall of Hearts" has been released via Peaceville Records, and for more info on the album, check out our interview with front man Jonas Renkse right here. More...

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Katatonia Posts "Serein" Video

Sweden's dark progressive rock/metal quintet Katatonia just launched a video for the track "Serein," taken from the band's impending 10th studio album, "The Fall of Hearts," which is due out May 20th via Peaceville Records..

Vocalist Jonas Renkse told Billboard.com: "'Serein' is one of the more straight forward songs on the album, very guitar driven, quite upbeat but still packed with emotion. Looking forward to trying this one live!"

"The Fall of Hearts," the official follow-up to 2012's "Dead End Kings," was recorded at Stockholm's Studio Gröndahl and Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Katatonia's Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse.

Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer. The dramatic yet desolate artwork was created by long time Katatonia designer and illustrator Travis Smith. More...

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Katatonia Posts New Song Online

Following the stream of "Old Heart Falls," Katatonia has released another new track from forthcoming album "The Fall Of Hearts."

Check out newly released song "Serein" in the player below, or over at the band's Facebook profile here.

"The Fall Of Hearts" is set to drop on May 20th, with pre-orders now online at this location. The new album's track listing will be as follows:

1. Takeover [07:09]
2. Serein [04:46]
3. Old Heart Falls [04:22]
4. Decima [04:46]
5. Sanction [05:07]
6. Residual [06:54]
7. Serac [07:25]
8. Last Song Before The Fade [05:01]
9. Shifts [04:54]
10. The Night Subscriber [06:10]
11. Pale Flag [04:23]
12. Passer [06:25] More...

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Katatonia Posts New Lyric Video

Katatonia has revealed the first full track, entitled "Old Heart Falls," from upcoming new album "The Fall of Hearts."

The album is due for release on May 2th0 through Peaceville Records and a lyric clip for "Old Heart Falls" - directed by Lasse Hoile - is available below.

On the release of the first new song, vocalist Jonas Renkse commented: "A song with lush textures, distinct dynamics and a memorable chorus are the trademarks to some of the most beloved Katatonia songs. 'Old Heart Falls' substantiates all of those attributes, but is not by any means defining the album as a whole. There is more to come..."

About the lyric video, guitarist Anders Nyström added: "Knowing we didn't want another 'font circus' with all these words and letters competing in Olympic acrobatics, we decided to make it extremely simple but also very real... 30 years ago when we were active in the underground tape-trading scene, there were no computers around, so we had to write all our letters by hand, or when feeling extra motivated, we used a typewriter. I clearly remember writing letters on a typewriter with a ribbon directly to paper created a special feeling that no computer would ever emulate. So determined to bring back this feeling for a brief couple of minutes, we passed on our idea to our talented friend Lasse Hoile who made sure this beautiful Royal typewriter served a final purpose before crawling all the way back to the start, returning to dust..." More...

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Katatonia Posts Audio Sample From New Album

Katatonia today reveals the track listing and first audio sample from upcoming album "The Fall Of Hearts."

Check out the audio below (or head over to the band's Facebook here if you have trouble with the player).

Pre-orders for different configurations of "The Fall Of Hearts" can now be made right here. The band comments:

"Harken up, sunset choir! The moment you've been waiting for... We hereby reveal the tracklist, a little audio teaser as well as the formats/bundles/pre-order details."

The new album's track listing will be as follows:

1. Takeover [07:09]
2. Serein [04:46]
3. Old Heart Falls [04:22]
4. Decima [04:46]
5. Sanction [05:07]
6. Residual [06:54]
7. Serac [07:25]
8. Last Song Before The Fade [05:01]
9. Shifts [04:54]
10. The Night Subscriber [06:10]
11. Pale Flag [04:23]
12. Passer [06:25]

Bonus Tracks:
Vakaren [04:54] (CD/DVD & Deluxe Edition)
Sistere [04:11] (LP & Deluxe Edition)
Wide Awake In Quietus [04:59] (Digital & Deluxe Edition) More...

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Katatonia Comments On New Guitarist

Katatonia this week announced details on 10th studio album "The Fall of Hearts" and today reveals more information about new guitarist Roger Öjersson.

Formerly the lead vocalist and bassist in Swedish power trio Kamchatka and currently also the guitarist in Swedish metal band Tiamat, Öjersson joined Katatonia just in time to briefly appear on parts of the new album.

Roger comments: "I feel honored and priviledged to get to be a part of the Katatonia family. I hold these fellow musicians' artsmanship in very high regard and I am looking forward to setting out on this journey with eager anticipation."

Öjersson replaces Per "Sodo” Eriksson who left the band in 2014. Since that time a couple of temporary guitarists have stepped into the fold such as Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) and Tomas Åkvik (Nale, Lik), but Roger is effectively a full time member of Katatonia with his first show taking place at Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Norway next month.

Anders Nyström states: "We’re delighted to welcome our neighbour Roger, a true multi-musician extraordinaire, into our spiralling ways of darkness. Currently with this 5-piece, there’s nothing hold back or limiting Katatonia’s potential neither in the studio nor on stage. Our ever growing ambition may now begin to manifest our vision." More...

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Katatonia Issues First Details Of New Album

Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal, has revealed details of the eagerly awaited 10th studio album which will be entitled "The Fall of Hearts." The album is set for release on May 20th through long-time label Peaceville Records.

The official follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed "Dead End Kings" was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer.

The dramatic, yet desolate, artwork was created by long time Katatonia designer and illustrator Travis Smith.

Katatonia spent the past four years since the release of "Dead End Kings" touring the world, as well as expanding the fanbase through two special albums on Kscope, the sister label of Peaceville. 2013 saw the release of "Dethroned & Uncrowned," which exploded the core of the songs on "Dead End Kings" creating new moods and textures. In 2015, the band released the live acoustic album and concert film, "Sanctitude." Both releases illustrate the band’s journey toward this, the current more progressive sound.

"The Fall of Hearts" is the first record to feature new drummer Daniel ’Mojjo’ Moilanen and with the addition of their recently recruited guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat), who came in just in time to sprinkle some blistering solos on the album, Katatonia will continue to push the musical boundaries beyond the roots in the metal scene while drawing in new fans from across the musical spectrum like peers such as Opeth and Anathema have also done, cementing Katatonia’s place as one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the world of modern heavy music. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day One: "Casting Off"

When winter strikes the northern hemisphere, we know it’s time for our annual sojourn to the biggest and best floating festival on earth – 70,000 Tons of Metal. Back on its third different boat in three years, Ultimate Metal Cruises returns to destroy the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean with the most diverse and powerful lineup in its sixth voyage. This year, the boat returned to Jamaica, but a different port – Falmouth. Last year, a disastrous blizzard it the Northeast U.S. leaving many stranded on the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale upon return to Port Everglades, something I surely hope wouldn’t happen (he says with tongue firmly planted in cheek). More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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