Band Photo: Katatonia (?)
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 has posted an audio sample from their upcoming album "Night is the New Day" online at their new mini-site. "Night is the New Day" is set to be released on November 2nd in Europe and November 10th in the U.S. through Peaceville Records.
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt, who appeared on the early Katatonia releases "Brave Murder Day" and "Sounds of Decay," has issued the following statement about the upcoming Katatonia album "Night is the New Day:"
"Katatonia - Night is the new day is possibly the greatest 'heavy' record I've heard in the last 10 years. Most people know my history with them and also my friendship with the guys. Jonas and I have been best buddies for the last 18 years or so.
"Everytime Opeth or Katatonia has a new record we arrange a small private listening party. Usually with myself, Anders and Jonas. For years we've managed to record albums around the same time and had both the new Opeth album and the new Katatonia album played back on the same session. It's always great fun, however disciplined.
"You can't talk during playback (death penalty), you listen to the album all the way through twice, and then we have the 'comments'. Everything is washed down with beer or wine...there might be snacks on the table.
"Well, 2 days after the new Katatonia album is mastered here we are, holed up in a friends apartment ready to go through the new masterpiece by Katatonia. And it truly is a masterpiece! I have not been this taken back by an album for a long time. I almost had tears in my eyes. It's an absolutely stunning piece of music! Easily their most progressive and emotional record as far as I'm concerned. More...
Katatonia has issued the following recording update for their upcoming album "Night is the New Day:"
"It's hard to believe, but it's a fact - the rathole sessions are over, we're done! David ‘King rat of the rathole’ Castillo, Jonas and me have spent the longest studio sessions this far with nearly every hour of the day (or night) since we finished up with the vocals. Picture this: Mix down, reference listening, un-do, re-do, mix down, reference listening, repeat x 100. There's always something you find to correct, whether it's one drum hit thats not loud enough, or a backing harmony that doesnt cut through, or a frequenzy in the bass that makes the rathole sound like a steamboat, yeah basically hundreds of things that fight for their position and balance in the sound picture. One song even reached a staggering 136 (!) active tracks. That's quite a contrast to the days were we were given 16 tracks for the whole package. Everything has to be optimized and you end up going back and forth improving and updating versions of the mix to replace the previous efforts and you can do this for eternity, unless you have a deadline. We just managed to complete the mix at the very last day and let me tell you, the album sounds fan-fukkin-tastic! It's heavy, punchy and crunchy. It sounds very 3D in headphones. We put this album back to back with a couple of other band's albums and it is either right up there sideways with them, or it simply sits with it's azz on their faces. Crushed! More...
Katatonia is currently set to release their upcoming album "Night is the New Day" on November 2nd in Europe and November 10th in the U.S. through Peaceville Records. Katatonia has also issued the following recording update:
"Vocals... what about them? Well, yeah... they have to be there. Even though I had done much of the vocal parts/ideas already on the demos, I couldn't imagine the extent of what was about to come. Starting out, I was feeling better than I thought, since I had problems with my throat earlier during the recording. It wasn't a cold as I first expected, I have no idea what it was/is, but it has affected me in some ways.
"I keep singing, it's what I do, apparently. I think it sounds good, but it feels weird at times (age?). More tracks nailed and listening back, I realize that I've never sung this MUCH on an album before. Not that I'm singing ALL THE TIME (don't worry), but the vocals are much more demanding. I hope it is because the singing is better, and not because my throat is worse. Anyway, I'm kinda confident.
"After a few breaks in the recording to play some festival gigs (Portugal, Germany and the UK) I went back down the rathole to nail the last few songs. My voice was already tired from the studio session, and even more tired from the gigs and I was really worried, but behind the microphone everything fell into place for that one last session. I've done my part... soon it is your part, folks! Because the mixdown is already well under way, we've currently nailed 5 songs out of 12 and we're continuing to nail 1 song per day, so on September 1st, the album is going to be completed. No more rathole, we're free to go. It's hard to believe it's true. It looks like the mini-site is gonna open on September 7th or 11th with the final tracklist, audio snippets and more."
Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about supporting acts for their upcoming European tour dates:
"Support bands for our European Tour this winter are as follows:
"Ghost Brigade (opening act) - Nov 8th to Nov 25th, Samael (main support) - Nov 8th to Nov 25th, Katatonia (Main support for all UK dates) October 30th - Nov 5th."
Paradise Lost's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Katatonia has issued the following update about the release date for their new album "Night is the New Day:"
"Katatonia, the Swedish masters of melancholy, are set to return with their follow-up to 2006’s groundbreaking album, ‘The Great Cold Distance’.
"It can now be revealed that the latest opus is to be titled ‘Night Is the New Day’, with the band currently well along the road to completion of their eighth studio album.
‘Night Is the New Day’ will be released on November 2nd (US – November 10th) on Peaceville Records. Keep a look-out for the upcoming launch of www.nightisthenewday.com for exclusives & more."
Katatonia has revealed the artwork for their upcoming album "Night is the New Day." The artwork can be seen in a brief trailer video at Katatonia's website. "Night Is the New Day" will be released on October 19th (US – October 27th) via Peaceville Records.
Vinyl sellers Night of the Vinyl Dead have announced that they will be reissuing the Katatonia album "Live Consternation" as a limited edition vinyl. The album will be limited to 500 copies and will include a 12 page, full color booklet.
Swedish metal band, Katatonia, are set to return with their follow-up to 2006’s groundbreaking album, "The Great Cold Distance." with the band currently well along the road to completion of their eighth studio album, the band has titled the latest album to be "Night Is the New Day."
"Night Is the New Day" will be released on October 19th (US – October 27th) on Peaceville Records.
As was previously reported, Swedish death metal band Bloodbath announced a new management deal with Northern Music Company. Katatonia, which features Bloodbath members Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and Jonas Renkse, have now issued the following announcement about also signing a new management deal:
"Katatonia is now managed by Northern Music Company, the home to bands such as Opeth, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath and more… All business related questions should from now on be directed to our new management."
Sweden's Katatonia has issued the following update about the recording process for their upcoming album:
"Just when the ‘g-g-g-guitars’ were done we decided that one song needed acoustic guitars for a different folkish touch and we had to devote some more time for that the last weekend. Fred ‘north’ Norrman came down to get it done, but it was harder than we thought. Playing an acoustic guitar and making it sound great is one thing, but actually recording it and making it sound great kinda makes you wonder how some people can do full acoustic guitar albums without any picking or strings noise on the fretboard, but it turned out fine eventually. Yeah.
"Last monday it was time for mr synthesizer man Frank Default to come down the rathole for a week. Frank owns a real Rhodes piano, so we thought we'd save all those parts for the real deal and mic it up instead of keeping the midi programming hooked up to a software plugin. More...
Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse will contribute guest vocals on a track on “Worlds I Create”, the forthcoming album from Norwegian Extreme Metallers Pantheon I. “Jonas and I have been friends for some years now”, explained Pantheon I guitarist and front man Kvebek. “We both like the extreme and the melodic, and often talk about our musical visions, so I asked him if he would like to do some guest vocals on the new album, and he agreed straight away. The track we chose was 'Ascending', and his voice is perfect on it, awesome, in fact. It adds a new soaring dimension to the whole sound.”
“Worlds I Create”, the band’s third full-length album, will be available on Candlelight Records at the end of July.
Katatonia has issued the following recording update:
“It has been play time down the rathole! Like kids in a toy store we lined up a wide arsenal of analogue and digital pedals for any needs. We brought out all kinds of different effects to color both clean and dirty guitar parts as well as fx leads and anything in the twilight zone between guitar and synth sounds. Sometimes we've been wanting to go for a old broken 70's sound, maybe spiced with old analoge pedals such as Sovtek's Small Stone pedal that was built in the shell of an old landmine. Multieffect pedals such as the flagship in TC Electronics G-System, just as the Boss GT-3, my old companion for the last 10 years has been up and running to provide some of my custom settings maybe for the last time... From Guyatone, Seymour Duncan and Electro-harmonix we used various tube pedals such as a couple of overdrives, reverbs, stereo delays and tremolos and compressors. No need to put your trust in plug-ins, if you can have the real deal in hardware.
"On the amplification side we explored the clean channels of both the Alligator and Mr. Hector amps and the good ol' rectifer together with Celestion equipped speaker cabs from Laboga. Great thick, full clean tone.
"Instrument wise, the active emg's has done it's work and for the clean guitar parts we have been through various passive single coils, split humbuckers or a combination of both on a bunch of different top of the line guitars. More...
Katatonia has announced that they will be playing as support for Porcupine Tree on the following European tour dates:
17/10 GERMANY BREMEN ALADIN
18/10 DENMARK COPENHAGEN VEGA
19/10 SWEDEN STOCKHOLM ARENAN
21/10 FINLAND HELSINKI ICE HALL
23/10 ORWAY OSLO SENTRUM SCENE
24/10 SWEDEN LUND MEJERIET
Sweden's Katatonia has issued the following studio recording update:
"After the midsummer weekend, it was time to get back to biz. The recording facilities down in Varberg were changed to David's own Ghost Ward studio (off the record referred to as 'the rathole') which is located in a suburb north of Stockholm. This week's schedule was rhythm guitars, so I stepped into the picture together with Jonas and David to find a heavy distortion sound to fit Daniel's great drum production.
"We recently entered a brand new collaboration with with Laboga amplifiers from Poland and we endorse both their Mr Hector and Aligator models. Obivously, the entire Monday was spent fooling around with different configurations of mics, speakers and knob settings. In the past, this procedure could very likely end up taking more than one day, but this time we found the 'sweet spot' pretty much right away. More...
Katatonia has issued the following report from the studio:
"The last cymbal hit of the drum session still ringing in my ear... I have a very good feeling about the whole thing. The playing first and foremost, and the sound is beautiful, the acoustics are ace! Plus we won't have to listen to nothing but drums 10 hours a day anymore. Daniel should be proud. We haven't had the time to do anything else as we're on a pretty tight schedule with this album. We saw some horses the other day and we celebrated David's birthday with cake, beer and various medications and oh, our new collaborator Frank Default (more known as the creative force behind the previous single's remixes and 'Unfurl' production) came down to help edit some of the drums and made sure we didn't fall behind schedule. So the time has come to wrap up and get outta here. Feels good to have a few days at home in Stockholm and celebrate midsummer. Next week we'll move on to rhythm, lead and clean guitars. The foundation of darkness is now rock solid."
Katatonia front man Jonas Renkse has issued the following studio recording update:
"After a long nocturnal car ride through heavy rain and on frog flooded roads, me, Daniel and David (recording engineer) finally found the lonesome path leading to a studio pretty much located in the middle of nowhere. We got the gear into the studio, had a quick lookaround and were then heading for bed. Both me and Daniel were (are) sick and since drugs are a big part of rock 'n' roll lifestyle we went through our medicine stash and found a big bottle of cough surpressing stuff that would also provide extra good sleep... yummy.
"Day two was all about getting the drums up. Provided with a beautiful orange Gretsch kit Daniel started to play around with his setup. It took some time. Putting up all the microphones took some time as well. By midnight we could finally hear the sound of the drum kit through the studio monitors. More...
Katatonia has issued the following announcement about preparing to record their upcoming 8th studio album:
"We've been very busy lately writing and completing the material for our 8th studio album and we're proud to announce that Katatonia will enter the studio this summer, starting in a studio in the south of Sweden with drums courtesy of Daniel on June the 10th. We'll then continue on the remainder of the sessions in a studio here in Stockholm further through july and wrap it up in august.
"We'll keep the info short for now as we'll launch a studio diary to give you all the in-depth information and details on the album making incl album/song-titles, audio teasers, album artwork and also our tour plans along the recording process. We can already confirm that initially 13 tracks will be recorded and a selection of 11-12 songs will make it onto the album. We got a few big surprises to reveal and we're confident this material is our most varied, diverse and possibly strongest shit all together on one and the same album. The release date is set for late October on Peaceville."
Katatonia has issued the following announcement about making an appearance at Sweden's Minus 30 Festival:
"We’re aware of the fact that Sweden doesn’t seem to get a hell lot of Katatonia on the live front and it’s been bloody ages ago we were up in the north (Umeå - 15 years ago, Sundsvall - 5 years ago), so now the time has come to head even farther north and visit another city for the first time at the festival Minus 30 Grader @ Kulturenshus, Luleå on March 14th."
Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload