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Katatonia - New Album Details

Posted on the band's Facebook.

Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark rock/metal, have announced that their ninth studio album, due to be released on Peaceville Records on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US), will be titled Dead End Kings. A continuation of 2009's inspired and acclaimed Night Is The New Day, as well as a leap forward into the unknown, Dead End Kings sees the quintet conjure yet another milestone in audial melancholy and angst.


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 28.05.2012 by BloodTears | Comments (27)

Katatonia - Announce Silje Wergeland As Guest Vocalist On New Album

Swedish alternative rockers Katatonia are currently working on a new album and follow-up to 2009's Night Is The New Day. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about a guest vocalist appearing on the album: "Remember we revealed there would be a guest on the new album making a duet with Jonas on one of the songs? We're proud to give you her name now, our friend Silje Wergeland, currently the singer in The Gathering. A beautiful fit in every way!"


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 17.05.2012 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (39)

Katatonia - To Release New Album This Year

Swedish dark rockers Katatonia will be recording their ninth full-length album in the first months of 2012 and plan to release it before the summer.

The band posted an update on their official website: "2011 has been a very busy year mostly out on the road and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to see us! Also thanks to all our friends, families and the loyal 'Katatoniacs' worldwide for showing support. We know you're impatient to know what's up next and in brief the big news are that the first couple of months of 2012 will see us hard at work on the recording of our 9th album and if everything goes according to plan the album will be out before summer. We're also busy on a double duty finishing up the Last Fair Day Gone Night anniversary DVD. More info on all of this as we take the step over to the other side, but today we just wanna have a toast and wish everyone a happy new year! Cheers!"


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 01.01.2012 by kual21 | Comments (24)

Katatonia - To Reissue For Funerals To Come

Swedish metallers Katatonia have announced that the rare mini-album For Funerals To Come will be reissued through Peaceville Records on vinyl with two extra tracks and limited to only 1500 copies.


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 05.10.2011 by BudDa | Comments (8)

Katatonia - Ends Anniversary Tour In Scandinavia

To finish off the anniversary tour earlier this year, Swedish doom metallers Katatonia will now wrap it all up with four dates in Scandinavia.


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia
Posted: 07.09.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (6)

Katatonia - Pull Out Of Unirock Open Air

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."

A statement from the festival organizers is yet to come and will be posted here as soon as possible.


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Unirock Open Air Festival
Posted: 12.08.2011 by Promonex | Comments (9)

Opeth - Rehearsing With New Keyboardist, First US Tour Dates With Katatonia Confirmed

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)


Band profile: Opeth
Event: Opeth + Katatonia: Heritage North American Tour
Posted: 03.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (38)

Katatonia - Special Anniversary Gigs Announced

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.

Besides the standard tickets, which will go on sale this Wednesday Jan 19th, we've decided to reserve 70 tickets per show for VIP's who will be up for some real nice treats.

If you're one of those VIP's you will receive a Katatonia tour messenger bag upon arrival filled with exclusive items such as a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, an exclusive VIP laminate, a + 20 page tour programme (that we're all busy writing as I'm typing this), a ltd edition vinyl of our latest album 'Night is The New Day' and a bunch more cool Katatonia merch items.

But that's not all; all VIP's will have a dedicated meet 'n greet with the whole band so we can shake hands, have your picture taken and hang out for a chat! After that you can watch us sound check for about an hour where you'll hear some songs from the set list and watch us prepare the show. Then it's dinner time so you can go out and grab a bite while you'll be confident to learn that your VIP laminate will allow you back inside the venue a bit earlier than anyone else, so you'll have a smooth and free picking to where you like to position yourself.

Last but not least; right now we're very busy talking to all our equipment endorsers for them to make some goods available that we'll combine into one 'grand prize'! All VIP's will automatically enter into a draw for one lucky guy or girl to win this ultimate prize, which we'll reveal the details about in the next coming weeks. See it as a nice extra bonus already and you can't get disappointed….


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia
Posted: 20.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (22)

Katatonia - New Night Over South America Tour Dates

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
February 28, 2011 - Brasil, Sao Paulo, Hangar 110

35732 for the dates!]


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Katatonia: New Night Over South America Tour
Posted: 11.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (3)

Katatonia - To Play In Mumbai, India

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"


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 08.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Eindhoven Metal Meeting - Katatonia Drop Off Line-Up

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:

Alcest, Carach Angren, Death Angel, Endstille, Exodus, Finntroll, Gorath, Helstar, Immortal, Izegrim, Kreator, Mael Mórdha, Mayhem, Metsatöll, Moonspell, Nothnegal, Paradox, Pestilence, Repugnant, Rotting Christ, Samael, Severe Torture, The 11th Hour, The Vision Bleak, Trident, Varg and Victimizer.

More info about the festival here.


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Eindhoven Metal Meeting
Posted: 22.07.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Katatonia - N. American Tour With Swallow The Sun, Orphaned Land

Katatonia will return to North America in September/October. Support on the tour will come from Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land.

Tickets go on sale today exclusively through until May 1 at which point they will be made available through all regular ticketing systems.

Sep. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sep. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Sep. 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Sep. 11 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep. 12 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sep. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep. 15 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
Sep. 16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Sep. 17 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Sep. 18 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Sep. 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Sep. 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 24 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Sep. 25 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Sep. 26 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Sep. 27 - Mesa, AZ - U.B.'s
Sep. 28 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 01 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 02 - Houston, TX - Warsaw
Oct. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 05 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 06 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Oct. 07 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Katatonia + Swallow The Sun + Orphaned Land
Posted: 13.04.2010 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Katatonia - New Video Online

"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.



Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 02.03.2010 by BudDa | Comments (9)

Katatonia - To Release New EP

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.

The Longest Year cover art] tracklist:

01. The Longest Year
02. Sold Heart
03. Day And Then The Shade
04. Idle Blood
+ The Longest Year
+ Day And Then The Shade


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 19.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Katatonia - Guitarist And Bassist Leave

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.

Here's the official statements from the Norrman brothers:

Fredrik "North" Norrman: "This is definitely the hardest decision I've ever made. It's absolutely grievous to say the words "quit Katatonia", even worse to make it happen. It's been 15 really good years and I would like to thank the guys in the band and all people that I've meet on the road. I'll now watch Katatonia from your side..."

Mattias "Krypt" Norrman: "It's with great sadness I have decided to leave Katatonia after 10 fantastic years. This decision was probably the toughest I have ever made. The reason for this is many small factors that makes it hard for me to be away from home this forthcoming year. It's going to be a lot of touring in the future so the time for this desicion had to be done now. And I will point out that there is no personal argue between us in the band, just that the time for touring isn't right for me... This is not what I wanted, but family always comes in the first place. I would like to thank Jonas, Anders, Daniel, Fred and our crew for all those years together. It has truly been the best in my life. And a big thanx to all fans and all good friends I have made out there. You are the best and you will be missed... I really hope that one day when the time is right be able to continue the journey with the band. I wish all the best to you guys!! I'm really gonna miss the life on the road with you!"

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 (ex-Siebenbürgen, ex-Amaran) filling Mattias shoes on bass until we decide how to move on with the replaceable positions on a permanent long term."


Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 22.12.2009 by gid | Comments (19)