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.
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!"
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!"
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.