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From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Greece's Sorrowful Angels has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates with Katatonia:
"We would like to thank everybody and everyone that made the 2 shows with Katatonia, Sirenia and Daylight Misery in Athens and Thessaloniki so unique. It has been a great experience to all of us. We would also like to thank the guys from Sirenia and Katatonia for being such great people and helped us out in any of the problems that occurred. Wish you all the best to the rest of your tours!"
Sorrowful Angels still has the following upcoming live shows:
6/19 2010 Darkest Summers Night II Chalkida , Kastro (GR)
7/31 2010 MetaLmorphosiS Festival 2010 Nicosia / Cyprus (CY)
Katatonia has issued the following statement about canceling their previously announced Bulgarian tour date that was to take place on April 8th, 2010:
"Unfortunately we must announce that we’ve been forced to cancel tomorrow’s concert that should have taken place at Hristo botev hall in Sofia, Bulgaria. The promoter is in breach of contract as he hasn’t managed to pre-organize the flights or payments clearly agreed in the mutually agreed terms despite many conversations and reminders. Katatonia with crew were very much looking forward visiting Bulgaria for the first time and although the full blame for this lay in the hands of the promoter, we’d still like to extend our sincere apologizes for the disillusion this caused our bulgarian fans.
"Hopefully, we can reschedule a Bulgarian gig for the future, but right now we can not risk the remainder of the concerts in the next days to be affected by obstacles caused by unprofessional promoters, so we’re now moving on directly to Greece and look forward to another round of fantastic gigs. Thanks for your understanding!"
Katatonia's session guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson has checked in from the road with a new tour blog at Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the report follows:
"I thought I would start off by introducing myself for those who doesn't already know who I am. My name is Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson and I'm the session guitar player for Katatonia on this tour. Some of you might know me from Bloodbath or from earlier Katatonia shows, as I have been working with the band for over 6 years as their Guitar and back-line tech. So enough with that and let's get on with the tour diary...
"Luxembourg 15/3: Woke up in the bus with all my clothes on, like almost every day on this tour. Although the UK had been a lot better than I would have expected, It felt nice to be back on the mainland. I immediately went for the showers, which turned out to be one of the coldest showers I'd ever taken. Felt like someone was trying to give me a lobotomy while I was washing my hair but a shower is always a shower and you really have to seize the moment when you get it. Because of some Russian visa problems, our guitar tech, Soldier, had to stay in the UK to pick up his passport and we were lucky to have Dave from Long Distance Calling filling in and taking care of our guitar changes. More...
Katatonia's Jonas Renkse has posted a new tour blog online through utlimate-guitar.com. The blog can also be viewed below:
"Manchester – March 9th. We leave Belgium, happy with all the shows so far, and are heading into the UK. The bus ride is interrupted early morning at the ferries by UK customs who thinks we're too slow and even heads into the bus to chase us from bed. We give 'em passports and red eyes and then go back into our bunks. Next morning we wake up in Manchester where we have a day off. The peeps at the Academy venue are kind enough to let us use the toilet and shower facilities. The venue is located in a university area and the weather is surprisingly mild so we have a little walk around and eat kebabs at excellent Abdul's. Next day is gig time. We played this venue with Paradise Lost back in November. It's a nice small place with an ok stage. The gig is great, place seems packed and the audience is enthusiastic. Some of us go to a nearby bar afterwards, but I was better off watching movies in the bus. More...
The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Swedish metallers Katatonia have checked in from the road with a second tour blog on Ultimate-guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"March 4th, 2010, Thursday… Woke up in Cologne, parked outside the Luxor venue. Apparently, we had played here before because the other guys recognized it already from the outside and then I saw our old stickers backstage, but couldn't fucking recall it. Not the venue, not the backstage, nothing really made my memories come alive, am I getting senile? Got the information that the gig was yet again sold out! Best news you can get to set the right vibe for the rest of the afternoon. Luckily, this venue had a shower as well, and all bands know but fans might not, how much you appreciate this when you live amongst 20 sweaty men in the same bus with dirty laundry and no showering/washing facilities.
"We got a nice meal at the Indian restaurant next door. Thumbs up 'cuz I love Indian food! Gig went better than last night, but there are still some nerves and technical things to sort. The crowd was good though! I guess we need a couple of gigs in our backbone to fully be able to bring on the confidence. This was the last German gig until we return for the remaining five dates next month. You can tell the new guys are loving it! More...
Swedish metallers Katatonia have checked in from the road with a new tour blog on Ultimate-guitar.com. An excerpt from the tour blog follows:
"The Preparations… As you probably know by know, we have two new session members in the band - Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson on guitar which you might be familiar to some being the lead guitarist in Bloodbath and also the live guitar tech for Katatonia. Then we have a local bloke from Stockholm called Niklas 'Nille' Sandin on bass. What these guys both had in common when boarding the Katatonic ship was the big task of learning a minimum of 25 songs for us get this machinery rolling again. What made it a bit more complicated at this point was that we didn't have a place to rehearse any of this stuff. It might sound weird, but the truth is that we haven't had our own practice room since sometime back in the 90's and the few times we did rehearse in 2000's we mostly sneaked into other band's hangouts or went up to Avesta where the Norrman brothers could borrow a room, but with their departure from the band that room would also be gone. It took us about two months of actively hunting for a new place until we scored one in a suburb outside Stockholm that we contracted for 2010.
"With the calendar already saying February 1st, we now had one month to go until the tour kick off, so we booked the four following weekends to spend the time jamming it all out and also taking the opportunity to finally look over the big picture. You know, it's no secret we have a lot of keyboards and atmosphere on our albums, but we never had the chance to play them back live making our performance a bit dry, hollow and definitely missing some magic. Since the new album is our most electronic and atmospheric driven album to this date a solution was mandatory, so we decided that everything a keyboard player would normally do we'd invest in new gear and incorporate into backtracks and get the full production with us on the road to be able to take that further step up the ladder. More...
Swedish metallers Katatonia have announced they will be making an appearance at the Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on Fridaym July 2nd 2010. Other confirmed bands for the show include: Alice in Chains, Jay-Z, John Fogerty, Mastodon, NOFX, Sick Of It All, Tech N9ne, Them Crooked Vultures, Vitalic, and Wolfmother. More information on the Peace & Love festival can be found here.
Greek metal band Sorrowful Angels has announced the following tour dates:
26.02.2010 - Jasmin Club, Athens, Greece
10.04.2010 - Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki, Greece - Supporting KATATONIA/SIRENIA
11.04.2010 - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece - Supporting KATATONIA/SIRENIA
19.06.2010 - Darkest Summers Night II, Kastro Chalkidas, Chalkida
31.07.2010 - MetaLmorphosiS Festival 2010, Nicosia, Cyprus
Sweden's Katatonia will be releasing a new four track EP titled "The Longest Year" via Peaceville Records on March 15th. Alongside the new single "The Longest Year," taken from the recent "Night is the New Day" album, the EP also features the previously unreleased tracks "Sold Heart," "Day & Then the Shade remix" and an alternative version of "Idle Blood". Also included will be videos for both "The Longest Year," directed by Charlie Granberg, and "Day & Then The Shade," directed by Lasse Hoile.
Finnish metal act Amorphis has been confirmed to perform at the 2010 edition of the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu (FI). Amorphis is scheduled to play on Sunday, July 18. More information on the festival can be played at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Katatonia, Bad Religion, Imogen Heap, DevilDriver, Ghost Brigade, and Insomnium.
Amorphis also has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/19 2010 Helsinki Metal Meeting, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki
3/26 2010 Club HeVen Järvenpää
3/27 2010 Tapper Tallinn
3/31 2010 Puikkari Kuopio
4/1 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä
4/2 2010 Finlandia-klubi Lahti
4/3 2010 Drunk’n Monkey Salo
4/24 2010 Hullu Poro Areena Levi
7/3 2010 With Full Force Löbnitz
7/3 2010 Unirock Open Air Istanbul
7/18 2010 Ilosaarirock Joensuu
8/6 2010 W:O:A Wacken
8/7 2010 Vagos Open Air Calvão
8/14 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall/Derbyshire
Long Distance Calling has been confirmed to support Katatonia on their recently announced New Night Over Europe Tour 2010. "We are very happy to hit the road with KATATONIA and are looking forward to spread our music over Europe," commented the band.
New Night Over Europe Tour 2010 featuring KATATONIA, Long Distance Calling and one other band to be announced:
03.03. Hamburg (D) – Logo
04.03. Köln (D) – Luxor
05.03. Nijmegen (NL) – Doornroosje
06.03. Amstelveen (NL) – P60
07.03. Vosselaar (B) – Biebob
09.03. Manchester (UK) – Academy 3
10.03. Nottingham (UK) – Rock City Basement
11.03. London (UK) – Garage
13.03. Cardiff (UK) – Barfly
14.03. Wolverhampton (UK) – Little Civic
15.03. Luxemburg (LUX) – Kulturfabrik
16.03. Paris (F) – Nouveau Casino
17.03. Niort (F) – Camij
18.03. Barcelona (E) – Apolo 2
19.03. Madrid (E) – Ramdall
22.03. Lyon (F) – CCO Villeurbanne
23.03. Solothurn (CH) – Kofmehl
24.03. Milan (IT) – Alcatraz
25.03. Roma (IT) – Alpheus
26.03. Cervia (IT) – Rockplanet
27.03. Ljubljaja (SLO) – Gala Hala
28.03. Wien (A) – Szene
29.03. Budapest (HU) – Durer Kert
30.03. Prague (CZ) – Exit Chmelnice
31.03. Krakow (PL) – Rotunda
01.04. Warsaw (PL) – Stodola
02.04. Berlin (D) – Lido
03.04. Bochum (D) – Zeche
04.04. Leipzig (D) – Conne Island
05.04. Frankfurt (D) – Batschkapp
06.04. Munich (D) – Backstage Hall
Check out some of Long Distance Calling's music on their MySpace page.
Katatonia has issued the following brief update about adding on new tour dates to their upcoming tour:
"We’re happy to announce that we’ve added a few gigs in a couple of territories we’ve never or seldom previously visited. The new dates include Bordeaux (France), Tel Aviv (Israel), Sofia (bulgaria), St Petersburg (Russia) and Moscow (Russia)."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/3 2010 Logo Hamburg, Germany
3/4 2010 Luxor Cologne, Germany
3/5 2010 Doornroosje SOLD OUT Nijmegen, Netherlands
3/6 2010 P60 Amstelveen, Netherlands
3/7 2010 Biebop Vosselaar, Belgium
3/9 2010 Manchester Academy 3 Manchester, UK
3/10 2010 Rock City Basement Nottingham, UK
3/11 2010 Garage London, UK
3/12 2010 Hammerfest II Prestatyn, UK
3/13 2010 Barfly Cardiff, UK
3/14 2010 Little Civic Wolverhampton, UK
3/15 2010 Kulturfabrik Luxemburg, Luxemburg
3/16 2010 Noveau Casino Paris, France
3/17 2010 Camij Nijort, France
3/18 2010 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
3/19 2010 Ramdall Madrid, Spain
3/20 2010 Espace Tatry Bordeaux, France
3/22 2010 CCO Villeurbanne Lyon, France
3/23 2010 Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
3/24 2010 Alcatraz Milano, Italy
3/25 2010 Alpheus Rome, Italy
3/26 2010 Rockplanet Cervia, Italy
3/27 2010 Gala Hala Ljubljana, Slovenia
3/28 2010 Scene Vienna, Austria
3/29 2010 Dürer Kert Budapest, Hungary
3/30 2010 Exit Chmelnice Prague, Czech
3/31 2010 Rotunda Krakow, Poland
4/1 2010 Stodola Warsaw, Poland
4/2 2010 Lido Lido, Berlin
4/3 2010 Zeche Bochum, Germany
4/4 2010 Conne Island Leipzig, Germany
4/5 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
4/6 2010 Backstage Munich, Germany
4/8 2010 Hristo Botev Hall Sofia, Bulgaria
4/10 2010 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
4/11 2010 Gagarin 205 Athens, Greece
4/13 2010 Barby Tel Aviv, Israel
4/15 2010 Plan B Moscow, Russia
4/16 2010 Venue TBC St. Petersburg, Russia
5/21 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany
6/20 2010 Hellfest Clisson, France
Katatonia has issued the following statement about the support groups for their upcoming tour:
"We’re pleased to welcome our Finnish friends and dark heavyweights Swallow The Sun as the direct support for the New Night Over Europe 2010 tour. Opening act on the tour will be the hypnotic German instrumentalists Long Distance Calling. Both bands have featured guest vocals by Jonas Renkse and rumors say there might be a chance that Jonas will join them one of the nights for an extra performance. We think this is nothing but an excellent fitting package and we’re sure you all feel the same, so come out and celebrate the darkness and sing the songs with us! The show in at Doornroosje in Nijmegen, The Netherlands is sold out. Swallow The Sun's final show of the tour will be Leipzig on April 4th."
Katatonia's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Sweden's Katatonia have issued the following statement about parting ways with their guitarist and bassist:
"Sad but true, today’s announcement will be heavy hearted for us to bring to you. We can hereby confirm that the brothers Fredrik ‘North’ Norrman and Mattias ‘Krypt’ Norrman have decided to step off the ride and leave Katatonia. We respect their decision and would like to take the opportunity to collectively thank them both for all the years gone by, all the up’s and down’s we shared out on the road, in the studio and basically the memories and moments we shared of our 20’s growing up together. Fredrik was with us for 15 years and Mattias for 10 years and we were lucky to have the same intact line-up going since 1999, but it’s true what they say – all good things come to an end.
"We also know that out of the ashes of a setback new possibilities open up. We’ve already found temporary replacements for the upcoming tours and this will not affect any of our agenda or plans for 2010. Currently filling in for Fredrik on guitar will be long time guitar tech and also guitarist of Bloodbath, mr. Per ‘Sodomizer’ Eriksson while we have Niklas ‘Nille’ Sandin filling Mattias shoes on bass until we decide how to move on with the replaceable positions on a permanent long term."
Fredrik ‘North’ Norrman issued the following statement about the decision: More...
Swedish progressive metal act, Katatonia, has announced a contest in conjunction with Omerch Ltd. to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, when "night becomes the new day." More...
Five Finger Death Punch have announced they will be headlining the Hammerfest, which takes place from March 11th - 13th, 2010 in North Wales. Other confirmed bands include DevilDriver, Napalm Death, Epica, Katatonia, Man Must Die, Malefice, and Warpath. Further information on the festival can be found at this location.
Katatonia has issued the following statement about adding on Greek dates to their upcoming European tour:
"Greece has been added to the New Night Over Europe Spring tour 2010. The Two new dates are Saturday 10th April at the Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki and Sunday 11th April at Gagarin 205 in Athens. The support bands on these two shows are exclusive for Greece and not part of the of rest of the European tour: Enslaved (Co-headliners), Astral Aeon (Local support) and Sorrowful Angels (Local support)."
Katatonia's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Katatonia has issued the following statement about their upcoming "New Night Over Europe" tour:
"It’s been a while since we were roaming the European roads on eight wheels, but as of today we can proudly announce the confirmed dates for the New Night Over Europe 2010 spring tour which will run from early March through April. Support bands to be confirmed. Keep checking out the tour section for updates as we may schedule a few more gigs here and there. Ticket links for all dates will be up there soon. We’re excited and we hope you are too. See you at the shows!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Katatonia has sent in a new video where they respond to fan questions before they played the final date on their UK tour at The Robert Peel in Kingston. You can check it out below.
"Night is the New Day" is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. The new record hit US stores on November 10th via Peaceville Records, and debuted at #35 on the Billboard Indie Chart, doubling the first week sales of their highly acclaimed 2006 release "The Great Cold Distance." You can < a href="http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=2454">check out our review of "Night isthe New Day" here.