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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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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
Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's appearance at the Unirock Festival:
"It is with great regret that Katatonia are forced to cancel their September 9th appearance at the Unirock Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
"Due to a conflict with the festival’s promoter who were not able to fulfil their contractual obligations, our agent and management decided to pull out as we can’t afford to risk financial loss.
"We hereby apologize to any fans who were expecting us to appear and we’ll do our absolute best to schedule a new tour date for Turkey in the near future."
Katatonia will also be heading to North America this fall with Opeth for the "Heritage" tour. Full details are available by heading over to this location.
Swedish dark metallers Katatonia have posted the following statement online, announcing the release of its new iPhone/iPad app:
"Some of you might have missed that there is a Katatonia dedicated iPhone/iPad app to grab. All features that Katatonia.com have can now also be found in the app and there's also a smooth integration between Facebook and Twitter accounts. Furthermore, this free app will be expanded on the following areas: songs (full songs to be on rotation), videos (hooked up directly to our YouTube account), photos (hooked up directly to our Flickr account), tour dates (all upcoming shows with ticket links) and maybe most important of all — the very latest news of the band delivered to you as they happen. So, if you haven't grabbed it already, go ahead! Remember it's free to keep up with all the latest updates in the world of Katatonia directly in your iPhone."
Swedish act Katatonia has announced its return to North American shores this fall with fellow countrymen Opeth on a six week run, dubbed the “Heritage Tour,” which will conquer over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning in September.
Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:
"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!"
Katatonia last toured North America in the fall of 2010, a headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour, in support of the 2009 release "Night Is The New Day."
The "Heritage" tour dates are as follows: More...
Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have revealed the full tour schedule for their forthcoming trek across North America. Supporting them on the run will be Katatonia.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Swedish metal act Opeth has revealed the first batch of dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America with support on the trek coming from fellow Swedish dark rockers Katatonia. Opeth will be touring in support of its upcoming new album "Heritage," which is set to hit store shelves on September 20, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can view the currently announced dates in the list below, with additional Canadian and American dates to be announced in the coming days.
09/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/20 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
09/21 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/22 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
09/28 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
09/29 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/06 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
10/08 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
10/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/21 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
10/25 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.
"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.
"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.
"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.
"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.
"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael
"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...
Swedish metal act Katatonia has revealed the tentative track listing for its forthcoming live concert DVD. The DVD was filmed during the band's recent concert in London, England which was part of the band's 20th-anniversary celebrations. You can view the tentative track list for the as-yet-untitled release as well as footage from the event below.
Set 1: Last Fair Deal Gone Down
3. We Must Bury You
5. I Transpire
6. Tonight's Music
7. Clean Today
8. The Future Of Speech
9. Passing Bird
10. Sweet Nurse
11. Don't Tell a Soul
14. My Twin
15. I Break
16. Right Into the Bliss
17. The Promise of Deceit
18. Wait Outside
19. The Longest Year
21. New Night
22. Dissolving Bonds
Sweden’s Katatonia has announced that it will release special editions of the critically acclaimed albums, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and "Night is the New Day," on April 25th, to coincide with a series of special shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary in May.
The special 10th anniversary edition of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" will be presented in deluxe mediabook packaging, as a two-disc edition containing tracks from the now hard-to-find singles, "Teargas" and "Tonight’s Music." 2009’s "Night is the New Day" will include bonus tracks from the "The Longest Year" EP. Both titles will be presented with newly updated cover artwork courtesy of original artist Travis Smith. The artwork can be found after the jump.
Performances for the 20th anniversary “Last Fair Day Gone Night Tour 2011” are scheduled for Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France, England, and Greece, and the band will perform two sets at each show. The first set will see the band play "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" front to back. The second set will consist of a mixed set of carefully picked songs from the band’s extensive catalog. Dates are as follows:
May 4th – Kulturfabrik – Luxembourg
May 5th – Stollwerck – Cologne, Germany
May 6th – Koko – London, UK (Live DVD recording)
May 7th – De Kade – Zaandam, Holland
May 8th – Alhambra – Paris, France
May 14th – Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, Greece More...