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.
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.
Imhotep recently conducted a lengthy interview with Katatonia's Anders Nyström during the band's tour with Porcupine Tree. The interview covers several topics related to the new album "Night is the New Day." The interview is broken up by subject into 5 videos, which can all be viewed below. More...
Metalitalia.com has posted a new video interview online with guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and drummer Daniel Liljekvist of Katatonia. The video, which can be viewed below, discusses the band's latest album "Night is the New Day."
Katatonia has posted a new music video online for “Day And Then The Shade,” the first single from their latest album "Night is the New Day." The video, which was directed by Lasse Hoile, can be viewed below.
Katatonia: Day And Then The Shade video
Diskant.dk conducted a video interview in Copenhagen with Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse of Katatonia discussing their new album "Night is the New Day." The first part of the interview can be viewed below and the second part is available after the jump. "Night is the New Day" will be released in the U.S. on November 10th through Peaceville Records.
Katatonia have announced a signing session at Hellraiser Records on November 7th. The session will take place in Leeds, UK just before their show at Rio's. The address for Hellraiser Records is 97 Kirk Gate.
Peaceville Records has issued the following announcement about seeking fan questions for Katatonia to answer in an upcoming video interview:
"Katatonia’s new album Night Is The New Day is released on Monday. The album has been attracting rave reviews and is eagerly awaited by the band’s legions of fans around the globe. In the lead up to the album’s release the band’s MySpace, facebook and twitter accounts have been overwhelmed by questions and queries from fans.
"As the band have been on tour they’ve been unable to answer most of these so Peaceville have arranged to catch up with them when they are in London next week and put some of these questions to them. The band’s answers will be filmed and posted on the Peaceville YouTube channel next week. If you have a question you’d like to ask the band please email firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name and where you are from. We’ll ask the band as many questions as we can next week. Deadline for questions is 11am (UK time) on Tuesday 3rd November. Please note we expect to receive a large number of questions so cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered."
Video footage has been posted online of Katatonia discussing their new album "Night Is The New Day," which can be viewed below. Katatonia are set to release "Night is the New Day" on November 2nd in Europe and November 10th in the U.S. through Peaceville Records. More...
Katatonia have announced an exclusive appearance on Raw in Eskilstuna, Thursday the 15th of October 2009. The gig is a warm-up for the forthcoming tour Katatonia will do with Porcupine Tree. Katatonia are set to release their new album "Night is the New Day" on November 2nd in Europe and November 10th in the U.S. through Peaceville Records.
Katatonia's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Katatonia has been confirmed for the Rock Hard festival at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater in Germany on May 21st 2010 at 5.00pm to 5.45pm.
The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:
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Katatonia are set to release their new album "Night is the New Day" on November 2nd in Europe and November 10th in the U.S. through Peaceville Records. Katatonia issued the following statement about the first single from the album:
"It can be revealed that the first single to be taken from the latest Katatonia album, ‘Night is the New Day’, will be ‘Day & then the Shade’ & will see a release in late October. A video will be shot for the same track as well. Full track details to follow shortly"
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."