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

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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 Issues New Road Report

Katatonia has checked in with a new tour blog through Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the seventh blog follows:

"Monday 29 March 2010 HU/Budapest: Woke up late as usual. Hungry and hung over. Grabbed my sweaty stage clothes and started the daily search for the backstage entry. Well inside I was extremely welcomed by the in-house catering lady. She forced me to eat some kind of breakfast and like a schoolboy I obeyed. The show was great and the sweet catering girl gave us some Hungarian vodka in the backstage afterwards. Me, Nille and Ronnie [tour manager] wanted to continue the partying, as it was a late bus call, so we decided to find a bar.

"We got help from a Hungarian fan, don't know her name, but she got us in a taxi and took us to this joint near downtown Budapest. The bar was half filled with local bums so of course we ordered a couple of beers and sat down at a table. One of the guys in there (old stinking alcoholic) knew a few Swedish words and tried have a ´proper´ conversation with me...of course. Took a taxi back to the bus, with a driver who thought he was Ari Vatanen (Finnish rally car champ), and went straight to bed. Note to self: Never tell a Hungarian taxi driver you love fast cars!

"Tuesday 30 March 2010 CZ/Prague: Why the hell is it so bloody hot in the bus?! This is the question I ask myself every time I wake up. I should ask our driver Pete but he's always sleeping when I get up in the morning (about 3pm). Oh well! Deep inside the venue I find all the Kats in the backstage area eating and drinking beer or surfing the web so i hang my ever-so-stinking stage clothes on a hanger and move to the stage. Jimmy and Soldier [guitar tech] are still doing their job getting the gear up so I leave them to it. More...

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Katatonia Posts New Tour Blog

Katatonia has checked in from the road with a new tour report on Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:

"Hey folks, this is Nille from Katatonia. Like Mr. Sodomizer I´ll introduce myself so you´ll know what kinda of a bloke I am. Through the recent years I´ve met Jonas Renkse through their tour manager Ronnie who I once played in a band with called Amaran. This was back in 2006. In the beginning of December last year I received an mail from Jonas asking if I was interested in playing some bass for Katatonia. It didn´t take long before I agreed to take on the challenge. With a lot of songs to learn and little time to do it, I started to rehearse the songs be ear straight away. Tour started pretty much straight away and here´s my view of the week I´m covering in our band tour diary...

"Monday 22 of March (Lyon, France): I can recall waking up in the tour bus soaked in sweat as usual. It tends to get a bit hot upstairs. I don´t really know why but I guess that the air conditioning fucks up occasionally. Being all dizzy I headed my way to the venue which was located just beside the bus. I soon realized that the stage was good and that it had the potential to become a great gig. With some mini pizza slices and some soda in my stomach I was off to sound check. I soon learned that my bass guitar needed to be adjusted so this evening I had to play with Jonas´ bass which he was kind enough to lend to me as backup throughout the whole tour. Its the same Mayones bass he uses for his other band ´Bloodbath´. Short after the sound check everyone was really hungry and was eager to get their teethes in something good. More...

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Katatonia and Orphaned Land to Tour North America

Update: Katatonia has officially announced a North American tour this fall with Finland's Swallow the Sun and Israel's Orphaned Land.

Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 08 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sept. 09 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sept. 10 New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Sept. 11 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 12 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
Sept. 13 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Sept. 14 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Sept. 15 Detroit, MI - Blondie’s
Sept. 16 Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Sept. 17 Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
Sept. 18 St Paul, MN - Station 4
Sept. 21 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sept. 22 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Sept. 23 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 San Francisco, CA - The Parkside
Sept. 25 Santa Anna, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 Hollywood, CA - Whiskey a Go Go
Sept. 27 Mesa, AZ - UB’s Bar
Sept. 28 Tuscan, AZ - The Rock
Sept. 30 Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 01 Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 02 Houston, TX - The Warsaw
Oct. 04 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct. 05 Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 06 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Oct. 07 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Sorrowful Angels Comments On Tour Dates

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)

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Katatonia Cancels Bulgarian Show

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!"

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Katatonia Posts New Tour Blog

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...

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Katatonia Checks In From The Road

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...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

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...

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Katatonia Posts New Tour Blog

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...

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Katatonia Posts Tour Blog

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...

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Katatonia To Appear At Peace & Love Festival

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.

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Sorrowful Angels Announces Greek Tour Dates

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

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Katatonia To Release New EP

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.

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Amorphis Confirmed For Ilosaarirock Festival

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

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Long Distance Calling To Support Katatonia On Tour

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.

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Katatonia Adds Extra Tour Dates

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

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Katatonia Announces Tour Supporting Acts

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...

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Katatonia Parts Ways With Guitarist And Bassist

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...

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Katatonia Announces Online Winter Solstice Contest

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...

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Five Finger Death Punch To Headline Hammerfest

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.

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