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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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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

For more information, click here.

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Katatonia, Moonspell N.A. Tour Dates

Katatonia have teamed up with Moonspell and Daylight Dies for a month long North American tour. Official dates as follows:
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Helldone Festival Announce More Acts

British Doom masters CATHEDRAL are scheduled to appear at Finland`s Helldone Festival. The festival will take place at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki from December 29th to 31st. Alongside CATHEDRAL, labelmates AMORPHIS plus acts such as HIM, KATATONIA and ANATHEMA will rock the house.

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Katatonia To Tour Turkey, Then The US

Sweden's KATATONIA has announced a four-date Turkish tour in September. "It has always been a pleasure coming to Istanbul, so this time it should be exciting to visit the remaining cities as well," the band writes in a statement. The details are as follows:

Sep. 14 - Yeni Melek - Istanbul, Turkey
Sep. 15 - Dungeon Club - Izmir, Turkey
Sep. 16 - Saklikent - Ankara, Turkey
Sep. 17 - 222 Club - Eskisehir, Turkey

As previously reported, KATATONIA will be teaming up with MOONSPELL and DAYLIGHT DIES for a North American tour beginning in October.

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Agalloch Added To Portland Date On Moonspell Tour

Portland's AGALLOCH have been confirmed as openers for the Portland, OR date of the MOONSPELL/KATATONIA/DAYLIGHT DIES tour on November 3 at Rock N' Roll Pizza.

AGALLOCH's much-anticipated new album, "Ashes against the Grain", is due out August 8 on The End Records. The band recently filmed a video for the song "Not Unlike The Waves" with director Nicole Phillips and cinematographers Richard Stark and Juan Mosqueda. It is currently in the editing process. Over nine hours of footage was shot in three days and the results are quite stunning thus far. To film aficionados, the style of the video will call to mind the work of Ingmar Bergman, Mario Bava, and the German Expressionist movement.

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More Katatonia, Daylight Dies Tour Dates Revealed

The first confirmed dates on the anticipated fall tour featuring Katatonia and Daylight Dies with headliner Moonspell are announced. Set to kick off in Poughkeepsie, New York more dates for the tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

For Katatonia, currently promoting their latest album, "The Great Cold Distance," this will be the band's first full tour of the United States. The band's only previous stateside performances include their debut at the now defunct Milwaukee Metal Fest and 2004's Brave Words Bloody Knuckles 6-Pack Weekend. "The Great Cold Distance," released April 4, is the band's fastest selling record in their 10-plus year history. The album hit national sales charts in four international territories on release and the album's first video for album track "My Twin" directed by Charlie Granberg, is currently featured at numerous on-demand as well regional video outlets.

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First Moonspell, Katatonia Tour Dates Revealed

MOONSPELL will be doing a North American headlining tour this October with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES beginning around October 12. The first couple of tour dates have just been announced:

Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House

More cities and dates will be announced soon.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.

MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.

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Moonspell To Tour w/ Katatonia and Daylight Dies

Portugal's MOONSPELL will be teaming up with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES for a North American tour beginning around October 12. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.

MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.

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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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Scandanavian Rock & Metal Book Released In 2006

RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."

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Katatonia's "The Great Cold Distance" Tracklisting

The tracklisting for Katatonia's seventh studio album, "The Great Cold Distance" has been revealed. The album was recorded and mixed at Fascination Street, Örebro, Sweden in the summer of 2005, produced by Nyström/Renkse andco-produced, mixed & engineered by Jens Bogren & David Castillo. Art direction has been lovingly interpreted by Travis Smith and photography by Olle Carlsson.

"The Great Cold Distance" will be released worldwide on Monday 13th March 2006. The album will be preceded by the excellent single "my twin". Available Monday 13th February 2006. Download single available from Monday 6th February 2006.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

01: leaders
02: deliberation
03: soil's song
04: my twin
05: consternation
06: follower
07: rusted
08: increase
09: july
10: in the white
11: the itch
12: journey through pressure

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Katatonia Complete Work On New Album

Sweden's KATATONIA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"After spending literally the whole Swedish summer (and not seeing much of it) in a barn called Fascination Street studios, working day and night to finish our seventh full-length album, we finally made it - the album is recorded and mixed and will be mastered tomorrow at Cutting Room, Stockholm. Release date, album/song titles and artwork to be announced and presented in one of the next updates. Now, the band departs to Mother Russia for the weekend for a two-gig happening, a rather good oportunity to celebrate the massive work we now leave behind us. Let the vodka flow!"

You can check out pictures of the recording/mixing sessions here

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Katatonia Give Album Update

Katatonia have posted the following update at their official website:

"After a few needed breaks, including a kick ass visit at the Wacken festival with one of our side projects (Bloodbath), we put ourselves under house arrest down the studio again. During these last weeks of early mornings and late nights, all the clean/lead guitars, loops, percussion and keyboards were finished. Currently, we're halfway through the last stage, recording vocals in studio B while the mix is running hot in studio A. It's taken all summer, but the most heavy, beautiful and professionally sounding album we've ever done is finally about to become full circle."

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Katatonia To Enter The Studio

Swedish doomsters Katatonia take to the studio to begin work on their seventh album shortly. The first DVD release has been put on ice for now, but you can still see some Katatonia live action on the DVD disk which accompanies "THE BLACK SESSIONS" 3 Disk box set being released on Feb 21st.

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Katatonia Confirm Live Dates

Sweden's KATATONIA have psoted the following update:

"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals, that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are CRADLE OF FILTH, APOCALYPTICA, MOONSPELL etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us! Check concerns section for details.

Upcoming Katatonia live dates include:

03/10 at Petofi Hall in Budapest, Hungary at Metal Mania Fest
03/11 at Novesta in Zlin, Czech Republic at Metal Mania Fest
03/12 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland at Metal Mania Fest

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Katatonia Announce Release Date For Comp. Box Set

Katatonia have posted the following update:

'The Black Sessions' - 3 disc compilation box set will be released on February 21:st. Our longtime collaborator Travis Smith once again created some outstanding bleak art portraying the final destiny of the "mysterious bum in hat" character that's been seen in prior album layouts. Since we didn't wanna leave out any of the images, the booklet was expanded to 24 pages instead of 12 and also features all lyrics to the songs. There's also a poster which has the cover artwork on the frontside + interior artwork one the backside. Here's a glimpse of the cover and the full tracklist:

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More Details On Katatonia's Delayed DVD Set

After much internal wrangling, Katatonia have decided not to release their first full stand alone DVD just yet. However, the show that they filmed in Poland will still feature as a DVD, but it will now form one of three discs in an exclusive limited edition triple box set which will be available early in the new year. Two CD's will span the whole of their career to date and feature one exclusive track, while the third disk will contain the whole Krakow show in 5.1 surround sound.

The band are also about to embark on the recording of their 7th studio album which is expected to be released in early Autumn 2005.

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Katatonia To Release Compilation And DVD

Peaceville will be issuing a limited edition compilation, entitled "The Black Sessions," featuring selected material from the "new era" (defined 1998-2004), as opposed to the "old era" material covered in "Brave Yester Days," at the end of January. The packaging will be a box set of two discs featuring all the single's b-sides, cover songs and selective songs off "Discouraged Ones" up and til "Viva Emptiness" (including one unreleased track from this recording session). There'll also be a third disc in the form of a live DVD with a Katatonia live show from April 2003 that was shot in Kracow, Poland. The layout of a 12 page booklet + poster will be handled by Travis Smith.

The official DVD release that has been in the works since over a year and a half has been postponed to a yet undecided future date, likely during the later part of 2005. Reason is Katatonia didn't feel entirely happy with the way it was shaping up and it wouldn't meet their own demands of what should be Katatonia's first offical DVD release. A new main show for this DVD will be planned and shot with more careful directing behind it during next year (tba).

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