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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.
Katatonia is currently working on a new album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following announcement about a guest vocalist appearing on the album:
"Remember we revealed there would be a guest on the new album making a duet with Jonas on one of the songs? We're proud to give you her name now, our friend Silje Wergeland, currently the singer in The Gathering. A beautiful fit in every way!
"We suggest to like her page and check out her activity if you haven't already."
To find out more about the upcoming release, check out our recent interview with Katatonia's Jonas Renkse.
The 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available here. The organizers of the festival have now announced the following bands being added to the bill:
Born from pain
Night in gales
While she sleeps
The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...
Swedish act Katatonia is currently in the process of recording a new full-length studio album, which will be the follow-up to the band's "Night is the New Day" album (reviewed here) and "The Longest Year" EP (reviewed here).
Katatonia has now posted another new in-studio video update from the recording process. Check out Niklas 'Nille' Sandin recording bass at the Katatonia HQ by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
You can also find previously posted studio footage with Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson at this location. Further details on Katatonia's upcoming new album will be announced as they are made available.
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
The first edition of the Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 will take place on July 20th and 21st in Benicassim, Castellon, Spain in the Las Palmas desert. Camping will start one day before and extend to one day after. There will be over three stages and fifty bands playing the festival, an initial list of which we have put below. Get more information on the Festival by heading over to its website.
GUNS 'N' ROSES
WE ARE THE OCEAN
Sweden's Katatonia has uploaded a new video clip from the group's time in the studio working on a new full-length album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).
Check out the clip of Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson recording guitar at the Katatonia HQ by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Further details on the new album's title, track listing, and release date will be announced as they are made available by the band.
Long running Swedish act Katatonia is currently in the process of recording a new album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the studio with a video update, which can be found via Katatonia's Facebook profile.
The Swedes previously commented on the upcoming album:
"So, how does the material sound like? Well, you got the lush textures, the moody melodies, the heavy parts, the progressive touches, the mellow bits and so on... Is it metal? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it singer/songwriter? Actually at times it feels like we're exploring territories where Katatonia would be an orphan in the land of 'genres.' We can't tell where and to whom we belong and the goal is that it doesn't even matter, because before and above any genre there's first an acceptance level of music being good, or being bad. Katatonia might be bad people, but we create good music. Amen."
Swedish act Katatonia has posted the following update online about working on an upcoming new release and follow-up to the "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here) album:
"It's been a busy time lately and the hard work has finally paid off. We have now thirteen songs in the bag and hey, that means the recording of our new album can and shall begin. We're starting with the drums on Monday and we'll be once again work together with David Castillo (who engineered and mixed 'Night Is The New Day'), so even though we always strive to improve our productions, it should sound sweet that it's the same team putting this one together, just throw in some new gear, gadgets and toys with that! The recordings as well as the mix will be divided between Ghostward and our own HQ over the next month and we'll keep you posted on the progress.
"So, how does the material sound like? Well, you got the lush textures, the moody melodies, the heavy parts, the progressive touches, the mellow bits and so on... Is it metal? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it singer/songwriter? Actually at times it feels like we're exploring territories where Katatonia would be an orphan in the land of 'genres.' We can't tell where and to whom we belong and the goal is that it doesn't even matter, because before and above any genre there's first an acceptance level of music being good, or being bad. Katatonia might be bad people, but we create good music. Amen.
"We also hooked up again with keyboard maestro extraordinaire Frank Default and regardless of the internet speculations, he's not to 'blame' for the increased use of electronics since the last album. That part has been called for as we simply feel that it has grown to fill a hole in our sound inside, or alongside, the classic formation of instruments. In our world, we allow mellotrones, hammonds, rhodes and strings to integrate with loops, distortion and filters to manifest in the katatonic maelstrom. It's our time to marry contemporary with vintage. Here's our 9th album to be delivered!"
Sweden's Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about planning to release a new album next year:
"2011 has been a very busy year mostly out on the road and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to see us! Also thanks to all our friends, families and the loyal 'Katatoniacs' worlwide for showing support.
"We know you're impatient to know whats up next and in brief the big news are that the first couple of months of 2012 will see us hard at work on the recording of our 9th album and if everything goes according to plan the album will be out before summer.
"We're also busy on a double duty finishing up the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night' anniversary DVD. More info on all of this as we take the step over to the other side, but today we just wanna have a toast and wish everyone a happy new year! Cheers!"
We've been hitting up metal bands and fans from around the globe to get their most devastating mosh pit stories, and this week drummer Daniel Liljekvist of Swedish act Katatonia shares the following tale of losing an eyebrow piercing and getting an impromptu tattoo:
So back in 1997-1998, me and a girl I used to know traveled all across Sweden photographing bands we liked. Especially the band Refused. This story takes place at a small venue in Stockholm called Kafé 44. I think it takes around 250 people and the place was packed! There were some 200 more kids outside in the street that didn’t get in. So the bands on the bill (Refused and The Hives, who actually opened for Refused back then) decide to play two sets at the same night. So as soon as the venue was empty with people after the first set they start bringing in the kids that waited outside. I had a photo pass so I could stay for both sets however; I had run out of film for the camera so I decided to just watch the second set.
Pretty soon I was in the pit myself. People were stage diving, moshing and when they played the song “Circle Pit” all hell broke loose. I climbed up on top of the PA system and dived straight into the crowd, hitting my forehead in someone’s belt buckle and in the same time ripping out my eyebrow piercing. So I’m bleeding like hell and have a big chunk of eyebrow dangling as I try to stand up when another diver lands on me, ass first on my lap, and it stings. Turns out the guy who landed on me had a ball pointed pen in his back pocket and it had penetrated my right thigh. So now I have a small blue dot that will always remind me of that awesome night in Stockholm. My first tattoo even. Cheers!
In other recent news, the band managed to get an easter egg included in the new video game "Skyrim." Katatonia also just finished a North American tour alongside Opeth in support of the band's most recent album "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). You can check out an interview with Katatonia from the tour by heading over to this location. The band is also expected to release information in the near future about working on a new full-length album.
Check back in next week as we continue to share more pit stories from metal heads and musicians.
Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about an Easter egg in the newly released "Skyrim" video game containing references to the band:
"Now why would we post a link to a video game? Well, read on, this is quite amusing....
"During the quest Darkness Returns, you can recover Nystrom's Journal, which is a reference to Anders Nystrom, guitarist and songwriter from Swedish heavy metal band Katatonia.
"The terms in the last paragraph: 'He also mumbled some nonsensical phrases like 'night is the new day' and how he was the 'ghost of the sun.' I have no idea what these cryptic sentiments mean, but hopefully during tomorrow's ritual, Anders and I will put everything we've learned to the test.' are references to multiple Katatonia albums and songs - the most obvious being the album Night is the New Day and the song 'Ghost of the Sun' from the album Viva Emptiness.
"When completing this quest, the player jumps into a hole. In the hole is a skeleton containing 'Ander's Note.'" More...
Footage has made its way online of Opeth and Katotonia taking the stage for an encore to perform a Bloodbath track at a show in Baltimore, MD. You can check out the footage below. Opeth was on tour in North America in support of the new album "Heritage" (reviewed here).
Groovey.tv has posted an interview online with Anders Nyström from Katatonia, which can be viewed below. Katatonia is currently on tour in North America alongside Opeth and is touring in support of the band's last album "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band will also be re-issuing "For Funerals to Come" on vinyl, with details available at this location.
Headbangers India has posted a video interview online with the members of Katatonia, which was shot before the band's show with Opeth in Los Angeles on October 19th, 2011. You can check out the clip below. Katatonia also checked in from the road today with the following message to fans:
"Thank you Tempe, AZ! Wow, can't understand how you people roll with that heat!?! We're now enjoying a day off in Las Vegas! Gambling, big ass buffet, beers, roller coasters and much more ticked off the list! This place is crazy! Salt Lake tomorrow, first time, a good time?"
Guitar World has posted a video interview online with Anders Nystrom from Katatonia, which was conducted at the Mayan in Los Angeles, CA on October 19th, 2011. The interview features Katatonia discussing its tour with Opeth, as well as the possibility of another Bloodbath album. Check out the clip below.
Horns Up Rocks has posted a video interview online with Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson from Sweden's Katatonia, which can be viewed below. Katatonia will also be re-issuing the "For Funerals to Come" album on vinyl on November 8th, 2011 with a CD edition release to come down the line.
Katatonia has issued the following announcement about an upcoming re-issue of the "For Funerals To Come" album:
"The ultra-rare 1994 mini-album of death/doom metal mastery, 'For Funerals to Come', will be released on vinyl on November 7th (CD TBA) through Peaceville Records. 'For Funerals to Come' contains the trademarks of early era Katatonia with the haunting guitar melodies & slow tempo combining with the tortured vocals of Jonas Renkse to create an aura of melancholy & gothic darkness.
"This edition of 'For Funerals to Come' contains 2 extra tracks, 'Black Erotica' & 'Love of the Swan', & also features new liner notes from co-founding member, writer & guitarist, Anders Nyström and is limited to only 1500 copies. Pre-order your copy directly from Peaceville now!"
Their latest and most polarizing album, “Heritage,” just released to the world (and reviewed here,) Opeth began their fall North American tour with support from the well-established Katatonia. One of the first shows was in Nashville, TN just this Wednesday, the 28th, and the crowd didn’t react as divided as the internet let on that it would. The Cannery Ballroom turned out to be the perfect size for the show, with the crowd filling up all the way to the back.
Both bands had a very passionate crowd, eager to find a spot and keep it the entire show. When Katatonia came on, they walked out to fairly loud cheers, kicking things off with their concoction of chugging and atmospherics. During the set, the band was bathed in a dark red crimson light, with only faint hues of blue lights hitting them from the front, mixing with the music to make for an altogether dark experience. More...
Opeth’s latest album “Heritage” has divided the band's fan base in a way not seen since 2003 with “Damnation,” and even back then, it never got as heated as some of the discussions on “Heritage” going off in various forums, blogs, and web sites. With Opeth’s 10th studio album released just a few days prior, the band made a stop in rain-soaked Philadelphia on the first U.S. headlining tour in support of “Heritage.” With fellow Swedish act Katatonia as direct support, the Trocadero was sold-out for the show. What fans got was from both bands was a few solid hits and a mellow atmosphere that caught many off-guard. More...
Katatonia has announced several special 20th anniversary North American shows in celebration of two decades of gloom and doom. The headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” performances will take place in the United States and Canada while the band is in North America for the upcoming “Heritage Tour” with fellow Swedish heavyweight, Opeth. Full dates for “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” and the “Heritage Tour” can be seen below. Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of the “Heritage Tour:”
"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the States this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europe, and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"
Sept. 16 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox*
Sept. 17 - Quebec City, QC - Agitee*
Sept. 18 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes*
Sept. 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 23 - Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sept. 24 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall*
Sept. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s*
Sept. 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Sept. 28 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
Sept. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Oct. 01 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Hangar*
Oct. 03 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 06 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 08 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Oct. 09 - Regina, SK - The Exchange*
Oct. 10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 21 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 28 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
* Katatonia headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” date