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Formed: 1991
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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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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Slaughter Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).


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Symphony X Confirmed For Artarfe Rock Festival

SYMPHONY X are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).


For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.

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My Dying Bride Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock

Legendary UK doom outfit MY DYING BRIDE has been confirmed for the rescheduled Atarfe Vega Rock festival, which will now take place March 7-8, 2008 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Two-day tickets cost 45 euros plus service charges. This promotional price will end on December 27.

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Katatonia Schedule Romanian Concert

Sweden's KATATONIA will make their first appearance in Bucharest, Romania on November 30 at Sala Preoteasa. Also appearing on the bill are SUBSCRIBE (Hungary) and ABIGAIL (Romania).

As previously reported, the critically acclaimed KATATONIA albums "Tonight's Decision" and "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" will both be available on special double gatefold, 180g heavyweight vinyl from November 26 via Snapper/Peaceville. These are numbered editions limited to 1500 copies, priced at only £14.99 each.

For more information, click here.

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Katatonia Now On Facebook

Sweden's KATATONIA check in with the following update:

"Katatonia now has an official page on Facebook using their new “Page” service, where you can watch videos, view pictures, listen to music, meet other fans of the band and much more.

"If you have a Facebook account, check it out and click ‘Add To My Music’ to add them to your profile and start shooting the shit with others."

Check out Katatonia's Facebook page at this location.

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Katatonia Explain Swiss Concert Cancellation

Sweden's KATATONIA has issued the following update:

"The members of KATATONIA have now since about two weeks been struggling with everything from the flu, ear infections, pneumonia and sinusitis. Two of the members are still on penicillin antibiotics to get well."

"It's safe to say that KATATONIA never want or intend to cancel our own gigs, and it's never been a common situation in our past. Unfortunately, this time the Burgdorfer gig [on October 20] in Switzerland got suffering and had to be canceled in the last minute."

"Why so late, some might rightfully ask? Well, it's easily explained — because we still intended to play it til the last minute! Eventually it just was not possible. The band was both advised and uncapable of flying or playing — doctor's orders. If we would look for replacements for the sick members, it would be an entirely new band playing and we're sure none wants to go see that."

"With that said, we'll do our best to struggle our way through the Norwegian gig in Oslo [at Screamfest] on Saturday [November 3] and hope for your understanding if we're not in top shape yet."

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Artarfe Vega Rock Festival Postponed

The organizers of the Atarfe Vega Rock festival — which was scheduled to take place December 1, 2007 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain and feature appearances by such artists as JOEY BELLADONNA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE and VENOM — have issued the following update:

"As some of you will know due to official statements that can be red in the websites of some of the bands confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival 2007, we sadly have to announce that the festival must be postponed until March of 2008, as a result of the damages caused by the floods that the city of Atarfe suffered, and about them all media from Spain informed.

"The '200 litres / m2' heavy downpour has meant 20 euro millions worth damages. These damages, as well as the duties of the engineers of the insurance companies, don't let us celebrate the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival the coming 1st of December in the Bullring and its area, as it was announced.

"We've had a meeting with the Mayor and the local authorities to show them how worried we were about it, and to get a reply about this situation. They've always told us that the festival can take place as expected, and we have to respect it, to ensure the security of people who attend to the festival, bands and staff of the festival.

"We've looked for an alternative location, but once again due to security reasons it's been impossible to find another place in Atarfe. We've even tried to celebrate the festival in another city, but there was no suitable location available, where the festival could take place and we could work in the production required for this festival, taking in account that we didn't have much time.

"After searching without success an alternative location, and once we've reached an agreement with the City Hall and the confirmed bands, we've decided to postpone the festival until March of 2008.

"Except due to date difficulties, we count on all the confirmed bands, as well as with other groups which will be also in the billing.

"With regard to people who have bought their tickets, they'll get their money back in the same stores, where they bought them. We really thank you for your support and loyalty. Besides, we want to compensate those people who have bought a flight ticket to attend to the festival. For this reason they'll get in for free in March, and they'll get free drinks. It's required that they send us an e-mail with the receipt of the flight ticket to verify it.

"We're very sorry about this postponement and the problems that it can mean to you, but no one expected that such a natural disaster could take place in Atarfe. We beg you for comprehension.

"As well as you, this postponement affects us too, because we had booked some bands, which fortunately have understood this setback and have agreed to play in March.

"In the same manner we've bought many international flight tickets for the bands, and now we'll have to buy more to let the groups come and play in March.

"Once again we beg you for understanding what it has happened, because this extraordinary situation is out of our control."

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Katatonia Cancel Upcoming Shows

Sweden's KATATONIA check in with the following update:

"Katatonia will unfortunately not be able to make it to the Burgdorfer Rocknight (in Kirchberg, Switzerland - October 20th) and the signing session and has therefore canceled the appearances at both events. Also the Spanish Atarfe Vega rock festival in December (1st in Granada) has been canceled due to the flood damages of the recent storms, but might be rescheduled for March."

Snapper/Peaceville will reissue Katatonia's Tonight's Decision (1999) and Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001) albums on double gatefold, 180g heavyweight vinyl on November 26th. Each title is limited to 1,500 copies only. Further details can be found here.

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Venom Confirmed For Spanish Festival

UK black metal legends VENOM are the latest act confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which will take place at Coliseo de Atarfe (covered Bullring) in Granada, Spain, on December 1st. Acts confirmed for the festival include: BELLADONA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, VENOM

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Katatonia Announce Mexican Shows

At the end of its upcoming North American tour, Sweden's KATATONIA will head to Mexico for the first time ever to play two exclusive gigs in Mexico City and Monterrey. "We can't wait to meet all our Mexican friends coming out for these special occasions," the band writes on its web site. "It's been a long time coming."

KATATONIA's Mexican dates:

Sep. 28 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, Mexico
Sep. 29 - Café Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico More...

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Katatonia add Swiss date to fall tour plans

According to a recent update on the official homepage, Katatonia will be heading to Switzerland after they return from their North American tour in September. Could this be a hint at a full European tour before they head into the studio? One can only hope.

October, 20 2007 at Burgdorfer Rocknight 07
Grossmatthalle Kirchberg BE, Kirchberg | SWI,
Cost : CHF 25 / approx. EUR 16

Burgdorfer Rocknight 07 20.10.2007 Grossmatthalle Kirchberg BE www.rocknight.org Doors: 20.00

Tickets: via Ticketcorner (direct link: http://www.ticketcorner.com/eventsto...card?id=753190)
For people outside Switzerland, write eMail to tickets@rocknight.org for purchase.

The tickets allow free entry to the Rocknight PreParty on Friday, 19.10.2007 with cheap drinks and great local bands!

Headliner: Katatonia Co-Headliner: Disillusion (D) Support: Spooky Evolution (CH), Trafficlights (CH)

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Katatonia performs at Tuska Open Air clips online

Clips of Katatonia's appearance at Finland's Tuska Open Air festival Friday night have be posted. They cover the band's single "My Twin", and singer Jonas Renske's favorite, "Consternation". what the videos lack in quality, they make up for in making you wish you would have seen this show. More...

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Full Katatonia, Scar Symmetry US Dates Released

Despite suffering the evil eye of American TSA agents, experiencing Dr.Pepper, and playing in a few clubs smaller than your bathroom - Katatonia is coming back to the US with three of the genre's most interesting rising stars. Kicking off September 4, the tour will make nineteen stops around the country. Thats 19 chances to see this lineup before they sneak across the border to Mexico for round two!

Katatonia made their stateside touring debut last fall performing alongside Moonspell and Daylight Dies (North Carolina, US). With Swedish tech-metallers Scar Symmetry in tow this time around, Katatonia will be introducing Finnish neighbors Swallow the Sun and Insomnium to our weak beer beginning in Springfield, Virginia. Touring in support of their first live album, Live Consternation, it will be the first time long-time American fans will be able to experience a full set from this deeply talented group.

From the press release, "Live Consternation, set for American release June 5, is a stunning 5.01 cd/2.0 dvd package which features selections from the band's successful 2006 album The Great Cold Distance and choice cuts from their growing and popular catalog. Kerrang notes, 'submlime melodies and moments of sheer mellow bliss,' while Rocksound adds, 'absolutely astonishing.' "

Confirmed dates are listed below. Tickets for most venues are available at Ticketmaster.


Katatonia (swe)
Scar Symmetry (swe)
Insomnium (fin)
Swallow The Sun (fin)

Sep-04, Jaxx Nite Club (West Springfield VA)
Sep-05, The Webster (Hartford, CT)
Sep-06, BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
Sep-07, Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
Sep-08, Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
Sep-09, Le Medley (Montreal QU)
Sep-10, Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
Sep-11, The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
Sep-12, Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
Sep-13, I-Rock (Detroit MI)
Sep-14, The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
Sep-15, Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
Sep-17, Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
Sep-19, Whisky-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
Sep-20, Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
Sep-21, Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
Sep-22, Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
Sep-24, White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
Sep-25, Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
Sep-26, Scout Bar (Houston TX)

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Katatonia, Scar Symmetry Release First Tour Dates

The following initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring KATATONIA, SCAR SYMMETRY, INSOMNIUM, and SWALLOW THE SUN:

September 4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 19 - Hollywood, CA @ Whisky

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Foscor Sign With Temple of Darkness Records

Black Metallers FOSCOR have signed with Temple of Darkness Records, the Spanish label specializing in old school black and death metal, for the release of their second album “The Smile of The Sad Ones."

One of the very few Black Metal bands hailing from the Catalan region of Spain, FOSCOR has always included tracks in the Catalan language in its previous releases, and “The Smile of The Sad Ones” is no exception. Partially recorded at the Room Studio in Barcelona and mixed and mastered at the band’s own Noctiflorous Studios by guitarist Falke, the album is due for release in June 2007.

Aside from their own work, the band also contributed to the KATATONIA tribute “December Songs”. A track from the new album can be heard on the band's official website.

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Insomnium Join Katatonia For North American Tour

Finnish Death metallers INSOMNIUM will embark on their debut North American tour in September. KATATONIA will headline, with support also going from SCAR SYMMETRY and SWALLOW THE SUN. The first announced date is:

September 4th at Jaxx in Springfield, VA

More dates as they become available.

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Katatonia To Release Live CD/DVD

Katatonia have announced that their live performance from last year's Summerbreeze open air festival in Germany will be released on May 28th as a double-disc live album/DVD titled "Live Consternation". The CD will be the audio tracks from the show, and the DVD will be the show itself, and is to include both 2.0 and 5.1 versions. Travis Smith was again in charge of designing the artwork, which will finalise the visual concept for "The Great COld Distance" phase.

The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Leaders
02. Wealth
03. Soil's Song
04. Had To (Leave)
05. Cold Ways
06. Right Into The Bliss
07. Ghost Of The Sun
08. Criminals
09. Deliberation
10. July
11. Evidence

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Katatonia's Czech Republic Gig Cancelled

Sweden's KATATONIA has issued the following update:

"The promoter Shindy Productions has cancelled KATATONIA's appearance for the upcoming Czech/Prague gig on December 15, according to their official explaination that reads as follows:

"'The problem is that we have beed forced to move the show to the smaller venue due to some problems with the original venue. As far as the new venue has restricted capacity we could not provide the show for all the bands we originally planned to.'

"As we've failed to find a replacement for this date, no show in Czech Republic will take place at this time, but maybe in mid 2007. The announced gigs in Hungary and Serbia are not affected by this and will go on as planned."

Peaceville Records bought rights to the masters of KATATONIA's back catalog previously released on Avantgarde Music and is remasterng and reissuing all the full-length albums in digipack format. First up was "Brave Murder Day" (1996), also featuring the "Sounds of Decay" EP (1997) as a bonus, along with revamped artwork and liner notes from the band. Peaceville has also bought the rights to some of the KATATONIA members' sideprojects, including DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE and OCTOBER TIDE, with reissues to follow in the near future.

KATATONIA's video for the track "Deliberation" has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was shot and directed by Charlie Granberg, who also worked with the group on their "My Twin" video.

"Deliberation" is the second single from KATATONIA's new album, "The Great Cold Distance". The follow-up to 2003's "Viva Emptiness" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in the outskirts of Örebro, Sweden and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm.

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Bloodbath Reissue "Breeding Death"

Bloodbath' s "Breeding Death", the sold out classic mini CD from 1999 has now been re-released and comes with a revamped layout, previously unreleased lyrics to all songs, plus two demo recordings of the tracks 'Breeding Death' and 'Omnious Bloodvomit'.

Bloodbath lineup on "Breeding Death":

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) - Vocals
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) - Guitars/Backing Vocals
Dan Swanö (ex-Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale) - Guitars
Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) - Bass/Backing Vocals

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