Katatonia's Anders Nystrom Talks Cancelled Opeth Tour And New Bloodbath Vocalist
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MetalInsider.net had the chance to interview guitarist Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath) in New York City last weekend, and during the chat Anders revealed that Katatonia’s originally planned fall tour with Opeth has been canned, and also confirmed that Bloodbath has found a replacement for Mikael Akerfeldt in Bloodbath. Excerpts from the interview follow.
Metal Insider: Speaking about touring, guitarist Fredrik Akesson let it slip this past summer that Opeth and Katatonia would be touring North America again later this year. Is that still happening?
That was supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.
Metal Insider: Did he give a reason for canning the tour?
I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt. He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.
Metal Insider On the plus side, at least you guys did get to tour together. It brought a lot of exposure for the band, I’m sure. I remember when we were speaking you were like, “that would be the perfect tour for us” and one year later…
It was a perfect tour. We could see our fanbase grow tremendously from that one. And Opeth, of course, are our old buddies, so it was probably the most smooth tour for us.
Metal Insider: Speaking of Mikael Akerfeldt, he recently announced that he was no longer in Bloodbath (the death metal supergroup also featuring Nystrom and singer Jonas P. Renske’s death metal project). I know you were optimistic that Bloodbath would record and tour again when we last spoke. Given Akerfeldt’s departure, what’s the current status of Bloodbath?
Well, we are going to make one new album. That’s part of the agenda. We’re already looking at seeing where we can fit it in schedule wise. The big obstacle is that Axe [Martin Axenrot, drummer of Opeth] is still in it. We use to say “Oh, Mikael is so busy, it’s hard to do Bloodbath,” but it’s just as busy for Axe, right? So we’re trying to look at the first week he can get off Opeth. We’re just gonna try to throw him into a studio and lay down drum tracks because after the drum tracks are done, we can just work whenever we want. Just on and off, weekends here and there. So we’re gonna try to work on the album in 2013 where we have the gaps. And we’ll see… This is a thing I’m not allowed to say, but with the new singer and everything like that.
Metal Insider: There is a new singer?
Yeah there is, but we cannot go out with an official, like 100% confirmation on who it is because there is a little bit more discussion to be done and a little bit more paperwork to be done. It’s like bullshit stuff.
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