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Swedish dark metallers Katatonia have cancelled their appearance at Unirock Open Air Festival, set to take place from 9th to 11th of September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The band's statement reads as follows:
"It is with great regret that Katatonia are forced to cancel their September 9th appearance at the Unirock Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Due to a conflict with the festival's promoter who were not able to fulfil their contractual obligations, our agent and management decided to pull out as we can't afford to risk financial loss.
We hereby apologize to any fans who were expecting us to appear and we'll do our absolute best to schedule a new tour date for Turkey in the near future."
According to the French edition of Rock Hard magazine, keyboard player Joakim Svalberg (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glenn Hughes) has been rehearsing with Swedish progressive metallers Opeth for the past few weeks - but has not yet been made an official member of the band. You can expect an official announcement imminently.
Keyboardist Per Wiberg, who joined Opeth back in 2005, was relieved of his duties in April as part of a mutual decision with the remaining members of the band.
In other news, Opeth will embark on a seven-week North American headlining tour in support of the forthcoming album, Heritage.Taking place in September/October, the tour will also feature Katatonia. A complete list of confirmed dates looks as follows: (thanks to Vykintas)
Swedish band Katatonia have revealed the following update:
20 years of Katatonia going strong calls for a celebration and we'll be doing just that by throwing five very special anniversary gigs in Europe this coming May presented as the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia' tour 2011.
We've decided to play the entire 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' album front to back as that's the one album that got us true worldwide recognition for the first time, but 2011 is also the album's 10th anniversary so re-visiting this album seems more fitting than any other record we've done. A second set will follow that will see us play a mix of tracks from the rest of our catalogue. We'll be doing some fan favourites classics but also look into a couple of obscure B-sides and such that we've never or hardly played live before. Together you should get over two hours of live music on this last fair day gone night.
Katatonia will be touring South America in February 2011. Below is the official statement of the band:
"There's been quite a few rumours going on about us touring South America and we're very happy to announce that those rumours are true! We're all very excited and can't wait to get our asses over and enjoy all the good things South America has to offer. Tour dates are as follows and ticket links will be up soon."
February 20, 2011 - Mexico, Mexico City, Circo Volador
February 22, 2011 - Colombia, Bogota, Teatro La Mama
February 24, 2011 - Chile, Santiago de Chile, Teatro La Cupula
February 25, 2011 - Argentina, Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
February 26, 2011 - Uruguay, Montevideo, VENUE TBC
Katatonia will be playing at an annual cultural festival in India. The band writes on their myspace blog:
"We´re very proud to announce that Katatonia will perform at the music portion of the annual cultural festival for students ´Mood Indigo´, held for the 39th time in Mumbai, India. We´ll be flying into India straight after our Australian run on the travelling ´No Sleep Till...´ festival and will headline the main stage on tuesday, December 21st where, hopefully, a big portion of the 72.000 students attending will come to check us out. More information on this cool festival can be found here"
Katatonia are forced to cancel their appearance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in December. The band issued the following statement:
"It is with great regret that we have to cancel our gig at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting scheduled for 17 and 18th of December. Holland has lately been really good to us and we hate to disappoint our Dutch fans, but Katatonia been offered an opportunity to tour in a few places that we have never visited and played before and we simply couldn't refuse. Where these places are will be announced here soon and we promise to make it up to our fans in the low country."
Meanwhile, the festival organization has confirmed the addition of Endstille and Moonspell to the festival billing. The complete festival line-up is now shaping up as follows:
"The Longest Year", a new video from Swedish metallers Katatonia, has been made available online. The video was directed by Charlie Granberg, and comes off both the band's last effort, Night Is The New Day, and their upcoming EP titled The Longest Year.
The Longest Year, a new four track EP from Swedish metallers Katatonia, will be released on March 15 via Peaceville Records.
Alongside new single "The Longest Year", taken from the recent Night Is The New Day album, this new EP also features the previously unreleased track "Sold Heart", "Day And Then The Shade" remix and an alternative version of "Idle Blood" plus the videos for both "The Longest Year" directed by Charlie Granberg (Katatonia, My Dying Bride) and "Day and Then The Shade" directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth).
The EP is now available to pre-order from the Peaceville store. The video for "The Longest Year" will be online next week so check back for more details. Here are a couple of stills from the shoot.
Katatonia have issued the following statement regarding the departure of two long time band members:
"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.
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their official website:
"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!"
New Night Over Europe 2010 announced dates are as follows:
Mar. 03 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
Mar. 04 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
"Day And Then The Shade", the new video from Swedish metallers Katatonia, has been made available online. The clip was directed by Lasse Hoile, who has previously worked with Opeth and Porcupine Tree, among others.
"Day And Then The Shade" comes off the band's latest album, Night Is The New Day, which was released on October this year via Peaceville Records.
A clip of Jonas Renske and Anders Nystrom discussing the band's influence from their doom-metal roots to their current 'suicide rock' sound can be viewed here.
Night is the New Day comes out in the US on November 10th.
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their official waebsite:
"The mini-site for "Night Is The New Day" can now be accessed at this location. It includes audio samples, downloads, album information, pre-order links, interviews, art gallery plus all the studio diaries from the recording session.
Subscribers to the Peaceville Records mailing list are being given the first opportunity to download a free song entitled "Forsaker" taken from "Night Is The New Day".
Also check out what Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt had to say about the forthcoming Katatonia album on his official MySpace blog."
"Night Is The New Day" is scheduled for release on November 2 in Europe (November 10 in North America) via Peaceville Records.