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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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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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Katatonia Denounce December Souls Re-Release

It has been known to us, that Black Lodge records are going to reissue the old classic Dance Of December Souls album.

Pulled from the official Katatonia website:

Although the CD could just as well have been repressed with the original cover and old logo, it now ridicules both the past and present by showing up with a new pathetic cover trying to depict elements from our last album and the abuse of the "new era" logo on something that was released more than 10 year ago.

Don't be fooled into confusing this is for a new Katatonia release. Consequently, we do not support this reissue and take complete distance from its existence.

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Jonas Renkse Speaks To Antenna

In an interview with Antenna (antenna.nu), Katatonia and Bloodbath's Jonas Renkse says that he will be working on new Katatonia material: "My plans right now are that we're going to focus on doing the new Katatonia record this winter and hopefully next year play some live shows with Bloodbath which would be awesome but also a lot of touring with Katatonia."

And also talks about the posibility that Bloodbath plays live: "I think now that we've done two full-length album and we heard the recent demands for us playing live. We have been talking about and I think it all comes down to the members different schedules. Every one in the band got other bands but we are definitely going to try our best to play live maybe not a full tour but at least some gigs sometime next year hopefully."

Read the full article at Antenna.

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Katatonia Adds More European Tour Dates

More dates have been added to Katatonia's upcoming touring schedule. Here are all of their confirmed dates:

September 29 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
September 30 - Berlin, Germany @ K17
October 1 - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands @ Het kasteel
October 2 - Münster-Breitefeld, Germany @ Live Arena
October 3 - Baarlo, The Netherlands @ Progpower Europe

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Katatonia To Tour Europe With Amaran

Katatonia have made the following update on their official website:

"In connection with the Progpower Fest in the Netherlands in October, Katatonia (alongside friends Amaran) will team up for our third mini-tour together. The trip from Sweden down to the Progpower Fest will include dates in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands exclusively along the way. The Danish date has already been set and the additional dates are soon tba. These gigs will close Katatonia's touring schedule for 2004, so don't miss out!!!”

Confirmed dates include: More...

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Festivalbussen Arrange Busses To Metalcamp

The Swedish company Festivalbussen.com will arrange busses to the Metalcamp festival in Slovenia. Some Swedish metal bands will be playing at the festival: Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, Katatonia and Vintersorg. There will also be other bands like Danzig, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Primal Fear, Destruction, Dew Scented, Fleshcrawl, Finntroll and more.

The location is situated in the Julijske Alp National park, in the city Tolmin, close to the beautiful surroundings of the Soèa river. The possibility to chill out on a sand beach or to swim in one of the purest rivers in Europe is unique in the European Festival history.

There will be 2 outdoor stages, camping ground inside the festival area, low-priced beer (1,5€), cheap food (hamburger about 2€), and of course some of the best metal bands on earth! So just everything what a Metalhead needs for the party of the year!

The festival take place August 20-21 and Festivalbussen.com will probably arrange buses if there is enough folks interested in this journey. Visit www.festivalbussen.com and www.metalcamp.com for more info!

The price will probably be 1495 SEK exkl entrance ticket (€49)

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Bloodbath Announce Release Date For New Album

The Scandinavian superband BLOODBATH, featuring members of Hypocrisy, Katatonia and Edge Of Sanity, have finished work on their new album, "Nightmares Made Flesh". It will be released on September 27th through Century Media. The title will also be available on the same day as a limited edition vinyl LP.

Guitarist Nyström comments:

"After being resurrected through carnage our nightmares made flesh! This time we promise the world an even more brutal and varied piece of real and pure death metal. Take the outstanding performances by the new members Axe and Tägtgren into account and Bloodbath will prove no longer only to be a tribute to death metal; but also death metal's very own elite."

"Nightmares Made Flesh" features the folowing tracklisting: More...

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Susperia On The Road With Mortiis

Norwegian metallers SUSPERIA have confirmed details of a major European tour in support of the recently released Unlimited album. The band, Athera - vocals, Memnock - bass guitar, Tjodalv - drums, Elvorn and Cyrus - guitars, are set to team up with fellow Norwegians Mortiis on a double headline package under the banner of The Unlimited Grudge Tour 2004. Starting in the UK on 15th September the tour will run through 19 countries finishing in Belgium on 14th November.

As previously reported, Susperia appear at The Hole In The Sky - Bergen Metal Fest V in Bergen, Norway on Friday 27th August 2004. The band will perform at the USF venue alongside KREATOR, KATATONIA, ENTOMBED among others.

Dates on The Unlimited Grudge Tour 2004 are as follows: More...

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Athens Open Air Festival A Disaster?

According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.

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