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.
Swedish metallers Katatonia have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"It's hard to believe, but it's a fact - the rathole sessions are over, we're done! David "King rat of the rathole" Castillo, Jonas and me have spent the longest studio sessions this far with nearly every hour of the day (or night) since we finished up with the vocals. Picture this: Mix down, reference listening, un-do, re-do, mix down, reference listening, repeat x 100. There's always something you find to correct, whether it's one drum hit that's not loud enough, or a backing harmony that doesn't cut through, or a frequency in the bass that makes the rathole sound like a steamboat, yeah basically hundreds of things that fight for their position and balance in the sound picture. One song even reached a staggering 136 (!) active tracks. That's quite a contrast to the days were we were given 16 tracks for the whole package. Everything has to be optimized and you end up going back and forth improving and updating versions of the mix to replace the previous efforts and you can do this for eternity, unless you have a deadline. We just managed to complete the mix at the very last day and let me tell you, the album sounds fan-fukkin-tastic! It's heavy, punchy and crunchy. It sounds very 3D in headphones. We put this album back to back with a couple of other band's albums and it is either right up there sideways with them, or it simply sits with it's azz on their faces. Crushed!
Katatonia, the Swedish masters of melancholy, are set to return with their follow-up to 2006's groundbreaking album, "The Great Cold Distance". It can now be revealed that the latest opus is to be titled "Night Is the New Day", with the band currently well along the road to completion of their eighth studio album.
"Night Is the New Day" will be released on October 19th (US - October 27th) on Peaceville Records.
Keep a look-out for the upcoming launch of http://www.nightisthenewday.com for exclusives & announcements on the final cover artwork, final tracklisting and the release of the new single.
"We've been very busy lately writing and completing the material for our 8th studio album and we're proud to announce that Katatonia will enter the studio this summer, starting in a studio in the south of Sweden with drums courtesy of Daniel on June the 10th. We'll then continue on the remainder of the sessions in a studio here in Stockholm further through july and wrap it up in august.
We'll keep the info short for now as we'll launch a studio diary to give you all the in-depth information and details on the album making incl album/song-titles, audio teasers, album artwork and also our tour plans along the recording process. We can already confirm that initially 13 tracks will be recorded and a seIection of 11-12 songs will make it onto the album. We got a few big surprises to reveal and we're confident this material is our most varied, diverse and possibly strongest shit all together on one and the same album. The release date is set for late October on Peaceville."
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström from Swedish metallers Katatonia has issued the following statement on the bands official site:
"We can hear many questions… "Why is there no new Katatonia album out by now???"
And you might rightfully think so, our eighth album (and the last in the contract with Peaceville) should have been done and put out "ages ago" if things would've gone according to plan… It's crazy how fast time goes by these days and that doesn't help us much when inspiration runs dry. We've been meaning to enter the studio on many occasions already since two years back and I think we ended up canceling booked sessions twice. Although it worked successfully every time in the past, it just got us stressed out and pushed us into a phase of writer's block. From this we learned we better not book anything in advance as it stands, but focus on completing 100% of the material, be perfectly happy with what we got and first then hit the studio.
As confirmed on katatonia.com, at the end of the North American tour, Katatonia will head on to Mexico for the first time ever to play two exclusive gigs (Mexico City and Monterrey).
The band commented "We can't wait to meet all our mexican friends coming out for these special occassions, it's been a long time coming…"
More info is expected to be announced shortly.
UPDATED (on 20.08.07):
Dates are as follows:
Sept. 28 - Circo Volador, Mexico City
Sept. 29 - Café Iguana, Monterrey
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."