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Katatonia Posts New Tour Blog

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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.

"When we finally got the 25 songs repertoire under our belt, we also decided that we'd divide them up into two different sets with 4 songs being different in each and alternate between them every other night of the tour. This way every city doesn't get an exact re-run of the night before and it also keeps it fresh and exciting for us. We're of course focusing on emphasizing the material from the new album, but we have also thrown in a couple of songs we have NEVER played before and also a revisiting a few songs we played only a very few times, so it's definitively a fresh injection into the live actives."

You can read the entire blog at Ultimate-Guitar.

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