Band Photo: Katatonia (?)
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
Guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström of the Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH has issued the following update:
"BLOODBATH just spent the last week at Park Studio in Stockholm where Axe [drummer Martin 'Axe' Axenrot] put down an (un)healthy doze of all the basic ingredients and more to get this death metal monster meal cooking in hell's oven. We're talking classic old-school skin-pounding, furious blast beats, double-bass drums, all kinds of tempos and a heavy load of killer fills, yeah you name it… This time it turned out to be 11 brand new songs on the menu for the band's still-untitled third album."
"So what direction does the material take this time? Well, it's definately taking off where we left with 'Unblessing The Purity'. The material represents nothing but hateful brutality, so there's surely a lot of speed countered with heavy groove. Riff-wise, we're playing a lot with dissonant harmonies for that feverish possessed feeling, but we also brought back the whole melodic yet haunting 'bee-swarming' theme concept from the past albums to represent the classic sound, so there's definately gonna be a good deal of variety on here which we hope to pack together in the most crushing production yet." More...
UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.
RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.
This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.
First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.
For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.
Sweden's KATATONIA has issued the following year-end update:
"For KATATONIA, we spent most of  on the road continuing to promote our last album 'The Great Cold Distance' and our 'Live Consteranation' DVD. We also had the honor of making a few visits to countries we previously never played, like Portugal, Mexico and Romania, which were all incredible experiences and a good reason to return in the future. Thanks to all our fans for coming out and sharing the atmosphere."
"We're currently spending some time off with our families for the Christmas holidays, before we go back in full focus on the writing again for what shall become our eighth album. Studio time has been booked at various recording and mixing facilities in the late months of spring and a release date has been set for mid-autumn." More...
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).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.
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).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.
For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.
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:
MY DYING BRIDE
Two-day tickets cost 45 euros plus service charges. This promotional price will end on December 27.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
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...
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.
LIVE CONSTERNATION NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2007
Scar Symmetry (swe)
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)
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
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.
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.