Insomnium has announced that they will team up with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Swallow the Sun for their first US tour in September 2007. Katatonia will be the headliner. The tour will start from Springfield (VA) and end in Houston (TX) covering total of 19 cities. Check out the dates below.
Here is a posting from the band: "...we will give the best support we're able to for this great and influential metal band! It is also a great opportunity to get to the same van with our good buddies from Swallow the Sun and I'm pretty sure it will be a one hell of a ride! ...please notice that all inquiries regarding the tour should be directed to Dave Brenner (mailto: earsplit(at)aol.com). More details will follow later! Will be just awesome to see you all, can't wait!"
Katatonia's first North American headlining tour is confirmed and will commence on September 4th. The tour will make nineteen stops around the country (including Canada) and will feature an all European line-up with Sweden's Scar Symmetry joining up with Finland's Insomnium and Swallow the Sun.
The tour, beginning in Springfield, Virginia will be Katatonia's second visit to the US in a year, the band making their stateside touring debut last fall performing alongside Moonspell and North Carolina-based Daylight Dies (Candlelight). Touring in support of their first live album, Live Consternation, it will be the first time long-time American fans will be able to experience a full set from the highly acclaimed band. Live Consternation, set for American release June 5, is a stunning 5.01 cd/2.0 dvd package features selections from the band's successful 2006 album The Great Cold Distance and choice cuts from their growing and popular catalog. Kerrang notes, "submlime melodies and moments of sheer mellow bliss," while Rocksound adds, "absolutely astonishing."
Katatonia's live performance from Germany's Summerbreeze open air festival 2006 will be released as a double disc live album/dvd entitled "Live Consternation" on May 28th.
The super jewel case packaging will feature both the audio on CD and the show on DVD (incl both 2.0 and 5.1 versions). The artwork was once again designed by Travis Smith and will close the visual concept for "The Great Cold Distance" phase.
03. Soil's Song
04. Had To (Leave)
05. Cold Ways
06. Right Into The Bliss
07. Ghost Of The Sun
Katatonia's brand new video for the song 'July', shot and directed by Charlie Granberg, has been posted online at YouTube.com.
Commented Granberg: "It's basically a perfomance video. But I wanted the feeling of the band playing in a very rough, abandonded or even bombed out house, in an extremely warm country like Mexico or somewere in the middle east. Dark on the inside, but with sunbeams searching their way through the dust, hitting the bandmembers here and there. I really wanted the feeling of the outside world being so much better and brighter than the place the band is in. The biggest challenge with this video I think, was that I wanted to use really warm and grainy colours, wich is kinda rare in this type of music, but at the same time wrap it in a gloomy, apocalyptic feeling. But I think the balance is there and I'm happy the band liked it so much."
Katatonia guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström has posted the following on the band's official website:
"Since Spain was left out of the european tour back in spring last year, we're happy to be able to fullfill our fans requests and finally come down to do what we do best in April (better late than never, right?). The last time we played in Spain was over three years ago, so this is an ideal comeback. And the good news doesn't end here. We also have the honor to finally be able to play in Portugal for the first time ever (well kind of, we did play up north in a forest at a obscure festival once) and meet all our (until this day neglected) fans. All of this is bound to be an exciting spring time, so dont miss out!"
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update:
"The promoter Shindy Productions has cancelled Katatonia's appearance for the upcoming Czech/Prague gig on December 15th according to their official explaination, that reads as follows:
'The problem is that we have beed forced to move the show to the smaller venue due to some problems with the original venue. As far as the new venue has restricted capacity we could not provide the show for all the bands we originally planned to."
As we've failed to find a replacement for this date, no show in Czech Republic will take place at this time, but maybe in mid-2007. The announced gigs in Hungary and Serbia are not affected by this and will go on as planned."
Northern Silence Productions will release a tribute double album to Katatonia on December 12. The set includes no less than 17 bands covering 18 songs from the early and mid-'90s-era Katatonia and has a running over 100 minutes. The 20-page booklet will feature artwork by Kristian "Necrolord" Wahlin. The release will be available as limited two-CD digipack, two-CD jewel case and limited two-LP gatefold sleeve (including poster).
The track listing is as follows :
1. Foscor - "Midwinter Gates"
2. Foscor - "Gateways Of Bereavement"
3. Beatrik - "The Northern Silence"
4. Forest Stream - "Without God"
5. Aeveron - "Shades Of Emerald Fields"
The Great Cold Doom Band's Turkish Fan Site www.katatonia-tr.com is now online.
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Doom Metallers Katatonia have announced that they will be doing a tour through Turkey. They will be returning to Turkey in September, for a four date tour. Katatonia have toured Istanbul before, but no other Turkish cities. The band is looking forward to visiting Turkey. Here is a small comment: "It has always been a pleasure coming to Istanbul, so this time it should be exciting to visit the remaining cities as well."
Here are the exact dates of the Turkish shows:
Sep. 14 - Yeni Melek, Istanbul
Sep. 15 - Dungeon Club, Izmir
Sep. 16 - Saklikent, Ankara
Sep. 17 - 222 Club, Eskisehir
Katatonia has announced the cancellation of the MAMF festival in their official website:
"Since the promoter couldn't live up to what was signed and agreed for, our appearance at the MAMF festival in Hungary has been cancelled. However, we're already looking at the possibilities of returning to Hungary in the autumn for a club gig with additional dates in countries such as Romania, Serbia and maybe even Croatia - all previously unvisited by Katatonia."
Moonspell, Katatonia, and Daylight Dies have confirmed the following dates for a North American tour:
Oct. 20 The Loft Poughkeepsie New York
Oct. 21 Mark's Place Bedford New Hampshire
Oct. 22 B.B. Kings New York City New York
Oct. 23 The Medly Montreal Canada
Oct. 24 L'Imperial Quebec City Canada
Oct. 25 Opera House Toronto Canada
Oct. 26 Peabody's Cleveland Ohio
Oct. 27 IRock Detriot Michigan
Oct. 28 Pearl Room Mohena Illinois
Oct. 29 Star Central Columbia Heights Minnesota
Oct. 31 Lliff Park Salon Aurora Colorado
Nov. 2 Studio Seven Seattle Washington
Nov. 3 Rock N' Roll Pizza Portland Oregon
Nov. 4 The Pound San Francisco California
The new single Deliberation is out now. The b-sides are two new exclusives, with the first song being a complete re-make of the In The White, now stripped down with acoustic guitars in a contemporary approach for a true urban lullaby sound. The second b-side is yet another unreleased song from the album sessions entitled Code Against the Code. Furthermore, a video for Deliberation once again shot and directed by Charlie Granberg, will be accompanied by the single. The direction of the clip takes a more abstract turn this time, so be sure to expect a dark mixture of reality and animation.
Full track listing for the single:
2. In The White (urban dub)
3. Code Against the Code
4. Deliberation (video)
Sweden's KATATONIA have set "The Great Cold Distance" as the title of their seventh full-length album, due on March 13, 2006 via Peaceville Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Viva Emptiness" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in the outskirts of Örebro, Sweden and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm.
"The Great Cold Distance" track listing:
03. Soil's Song
04. My Twin
10. In The White
11. The Itch
12. Journey Through Pressure
A single, "My Twin", will precede the album on February 13. The single, which will be available for paid download on February 6, will feature the following track listing:
Sweden's KATATONIA have posted the following message on their official web site:
"After spending literally the whole Swedish summer (and not seeing much of it) in a barn called Fascination Street studios, working day and night to finish our seventh full-length album, we finally made it — the album is recorded and mixed and will be mastered tomorrow at Cutting Room, Stockholm. Release date, album/song titles and artwork to be announced and presented in one of the next updates. Now, the band departs to Mother Russia for the weekend for a two-gig happening, a rather good oportunity to celebrate the massive work we now leave behind us. Let the vodka flow!"
Check out pictures of the recording/mixing sessions at www.katatonia.com