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Formed: 1991
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Katatonia News

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 Discusses Upcoming Tours

Peaceville Records has posted a video clip online of Jonas and Per from Katatonia discussing the band's forthcoming tours: the "Epic Kings & Idols" tour with Devin Townsend and Paradise Lost, and the "Dead Ends of Europe" tour with Alcest and Junius supporting. All dates & tickets can be found at this location. Peaceville also commented on the band's upcoming "Dead End Kings" album:

"A continuation of 2009's inspired & acclaimed Night is the New Day, Dead End Kings sees Katatonia conjure yet another milestone in audial melancholy & angst. The Katatonia of 2012 is more potent, focused and creatively impactful than ever before. Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström - alongside guitarist Per Eriksson, bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist -- are at the peak of their powers right now, and their brand new studio album Dead End Kings provides incontrovertible evidence of their unstoppable artistic momentum. A rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet's established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalogue to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure."

"Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level," says Renkse. "The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that's the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved. We don't want to repeat ourselves. We are still hungry for new music." More...

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Katatonia Posts "Dead Ends Of Europe" Teaser

Sweden's melancholic rock masters Katatonia have released a trailer for their upcoming "Dead Ends of Europe" tour, which also includes a teaser of a new song. Check out the clip below to see the tour dates and hear part of an unreleased track off new album "Dead End Kings." Support on the tour comes from French shoe-gazers Alcest and Boston's Junius.

Katatonia's forthcoming 9th album "Dead End Kings" hits stores in Europe on August 27th & North America on August 28th through Peaceville Records. To hear more from the album, you can listen to the previously posted full song "Dead Letters" at this location. More...

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Katatonia Video Interview Posted Online

Loud TV has released a new video interview online with Anders Blakkheim" Nyström from Katatonia to discuss the band's upcoming new album "Dead End Kings." Check out the clip below.

"Dead End Kings" is due out in Europe on August 27th and North America on August 28th through Peaceville Records. To get a taste of the new album, watch out the lyric video for "Dead Letters" at this location, or catch Katatonia live on tour this fall with Paradise Lost and The Devin Townsend Project.

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Katatonia Announces European Tour

Swedish purveyors of dark rock/metal, Katatonia, have announced dates for an extensive European tour in support of their forthcoming 9th album "Dead End Kings," which hits stores in Europe on August 27th & North America on 28th August through Peaceville Records.

Lead Guitarist Anders Nyström comments, "We are very much looking forward to a tour that definitely stands out from the rest. Stare into November's darkness with us! Be with us at the side of December's deathbed! Come meet us at the chosen dead ends of Europe...”

Tickets go on sale from Monday July 16th, with general and VIP options being available direct from Katatonia.com and the band’s official Facebook page.

Support comes from French shoe-gazers Alcest and Boston's Junius. Katatonia will also be heading out on a North American tour in September with Paradise Lost and the Devin Townsend Project. More...

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Katatonia Offering Free Download Of "Dead Letters"

After previously posting a lyric video for the new song "Dead Letters," Sweden's Katatonia is now offering the track for free download. Head over to this location to download the song (e-mail registration required).

Katatonia's new album "Dead End Kings" will hit stores in North America on August 28th via Peaceville Records. "Dead End Kings" is the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).

"Dead End Kings" European pre-orders are now available via oMerch and North American pre-orders will begin next week. Stay tuned for more details. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Parting
2. The One You Are Looking for is Not Here (with Silje Wergeland)
3. Hypnone
4. The Racing Heart
5. Buildings
6. Leech
7. Ambitions
8. Undo You
9. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters More...

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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Katatonia Releases New Lyric Video

Katatonia has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Dead Letters," which comes off the upcoming new album "Dead End Kings." Check out the clip below. Katatonia commented:

"We're proud to present to you the first glimpse into the world we've been living in for the last half a year. Instead of giving you just a snippet of audio, we decided to give you a 'lyric video' for a FULL song also showcasing some of the exquisite artwork to be found inside the album.

"We hope you will enjoy one of many diverse and differerent sides found on Dead End Kings by starting off with 'Dead Letters', one the most heavy and proggressive songs to be found on the album and certainly a new live classic. Crank it a couple (or hundred) of times and then let us know what you think!"

"Dead End Kings" is due for release via Peaceville Records on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US). Pre-orders are available here. To find more info on the album, you can also read our recent interview with the band from the recording studio at this location. More...

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Katatonia Video Interview Available

Terrorizer has posted a brief video clip online of Jonas & Sodo from Katatonia discussing the band's upcoming new album "Dead End Kings," which can be viewed below. "Dead End Kings" is due out through Peaceville Records on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US). To find out how Sodo got his distinctive name, and get more insight into the upcoming album, check out our recent interview with the band at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows (not in final running order):

The Parting
Undo You
The Racing Heart
The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here (featuring Silje Wergeland)
First Prayer
Dead Letters More...

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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Stolen Babies Comments On Tour With Katatonia

This September, California avant-garde metal band Stolen Babies will be touring the United States with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” (DTP and Katatonia will alternate in headlining each show). The tour kicks-off in Seattle, WA at Studio 7 on September 4th, 2012 and travels throughout the United States until September 24th when it comes to a close in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live.

“We're very excited about being on this tour with such a great line-up,” states Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone. “It's the perfect way to start the touring cycle for our new album that will be released later this year with No Comment Records.”

Stolen Babies will also perform select shows this summer before the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” begins, including a special show with Dredg at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, the “Gothic Theatre Block Party” in Englewood, CO at Moe’s, and a special headline show at The Metro in Salt Lake City, UT. More...

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Devin Townsend And Katatonia Announce Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metal outfit, The Devin Townsend Project, has announced that the band will be embarking on a co-headlining run of North America this Autumn, along with Swedish metal veterans Katatonia, with whom they will rotate headlining slots. British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost are also on the bill as direct support, with Stolen Babies confirmed as the trek's openers.

Speaking on the tour, Townsend stated: "So after a break in which we've managed to finish the live DVDs from the London shows (‘By A Thread’) as well as our surprisingly epic new record, 'Epicloud'...We're about to start getting into touring mode again, and it pleases me to announce that we'll be with some wonderful bands this Fall. I think this package pretty much covers the gamut of emotional heavy music, and really...It'll be nice to share the stage with some passionate folks who live for their music as much as we do. Again, we can't thank you enough for supporting what we do and allowing us to play for you. It will be nice to catch up, and we hope to see you there!"

Katatonia's Anders Nystrom adds: "A better bill than this will be hard to find!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Katatonia Reveals Full Details On New Album

Katatonia, the Swedish purveyor of dark rock/metal, announced early this morning that the band's ninth studio album, due to be released on Peaceville Records on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US), will be titled "Dead End Kings." The band has now revealed the full cover artwork and track listing, which can be viewed below. "Dead End Kings" follows the band's previous full-length "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).

"Dead End Kings" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios & The City Of Glass. The album was produced by founding duo Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse themselves, and mixed by David Castillo, known for his prior work with the band, as well as Opeth & Bloodbath.

"Dead End Kings" sees the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson for Katatonia, as well as recent bassist Niklas Sandin. Additionally, Katatonia is joined once again by Frank Default and his invaluable expertise on sampling and atmospherics, plus a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering/ex-Octavia Sperati. For more insight into the recording process, check out our interview with the band towards the end of the tracking process.

Jonas (vocals) comments on the album title: “Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden with pride. That's what we are doing, twenty years and counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are creating, in our own disturbing faith."

Anders (Guitars) also added: “This album has doors revolving into many different genres of music but remain disguised within the Katatonia trademark. We have walked the fine line between attempting not to repeat ourselves but also not to distance us away from what people know and love. We're now ready to hand over the evidence and whatever the direction this has taken is now for you to decide. We're confident the creativity and passion on this album is something that will be echoing even beyond the dead end.” More...

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Katatonia Reveals New Album Release Date

Sweden's Katatonia has revealed the band's new album, "Dead End Kings," will be released on August 27th in Europe and August 28th in North America. "Dead End Kings" is the follow-up to the band's last full-length album "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).

In other Katatonia news, band member Anders Nyström will be missing the band's Russian shows due to illness. Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available, but you can also get a look into the process of writing and recording the release in our recent interview with Jonas Renkse. More...

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Katatonia's Anders Nyström To Miss Upcoming Shows

Katatonia, which is currently working on a new album to be released in September, has issued the following announcement about Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström missing the band's upcoming show in Russia:

"We are currently on our way to Russia, but we have some bad news. Unfortunately Anders is very sick and unable to travel with us, so we send our regards and wish him a speedy recovery.

"The show must go on and we didn't want our fans to miss out so we have decided to carry on and play the concerts without him. We look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of days!"

For more info on the upcoming album, check out our recent interview with Katatonia while the band was still in the recording process. In related news, Diabolical Masquerade, the former side project from Anders Nyström, was recently covered in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column.

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Unearthing The Unknown Side Project Underground

Every Monday we take a break from the news to highlight three lesser known bands that deserve a moment in the spotlight and can help expand your metal horizons.

Last year we showcased three side projects from black metal icon Ihsahn, but there are plenty of musicians from throughout metaldom who have a host of additional projects outside their most well-known bands. This week we’ll take a look at bands covering a range of sounds from the members of Borknagar, Katatonia, and Samael that all show a different side than what fans may be expecting from their favorite musicians.


While many may be aware that Vintersorg from Borknagar has had his own self-titled, folk leaning and clean singing focused project for years, it’s not as well known that he was also involved in a folk metal project called Otyg prior to his solo releases.

Otyg had a very ‘90s, proto-metal feel as the musicians were starting to explore the boundaries of the genre, and is a must hear if you want to explore the roots of folk metal or are into the early works of bands like Amorphis or Borknagar. The band released two full-length albums titled “Älvefärd” and “Sagovindars Boning” before going on hold indefinitely. The music is a little on the lo-fi side and not quite as bombastic or epic as the intricately arranged folk and orchestra stuff that has come out of metal in the interim, but just listen to that atmosphere!


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Katatonia Announces Guest Vocalist For New Album

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.

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

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:

Within Temptation
Paradise Lost
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Norma jean
Born from pain
Night in gales
While she sleeps

The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...

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Katatonia Releases More In-Studio Footage

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.

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Sonisphere Knebworth Is Cancelled

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...

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Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 Announces Dates

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.



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