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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.



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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


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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."


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Posted: 22.12.2009 by gid | Comments (19)

Katatonia - European Tour Dates

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
Mar. 05 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
Mar. 06 - Amstelveen, Netherlands - P60
Mar. 07 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
Mar. 09 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 3
Mar. 10 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City Basement
Mar. 11 - London, UK - Garage
Mar. 12 - Prestatyn, UK - Hammerfest II
Mar. 13 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
Mar. 14 - Wolverhampton, UK - Little Civic
Mar. 15 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
Mar. 16 - Paris, France - Noveau Casino
Mar. 17 - Niort, France - Camji
Mar. 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
Mar. 19 - Madrid, Spain - Ramdall
Mar. 22 - Lyon, France - CCO Villeurbanne
Mar. 23 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Mar. 24 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
Mar. 25 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Mar. 26 - Cervia, Italy - Rockplanet
Mar. 27 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
Mar. 28 - Vienna, Austria - Scene
Mar. 29 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert
Mar. 30 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
Mar. 31 - Krakow, Poland - Rotunda
Apr. 01 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Apr. 02 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
Apr. 03 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Apr. 04 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Apr. 05 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Apr. 06 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
May 21 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest


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Event: Katatonia: New Night Over Europe 2010
Posted: 08.12.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (10)

Katatonia - New Video Online

"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.


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Posted: 12.11.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (9)

Katatonia - Discuss Their Influences As Per New Album

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.


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Posted: 06.11.2009 by BudDa | Comments (12)

Katatonia - New Album Mini-Site Online

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.

"Night Is The New Day" cover art] tracklist:

01. Forsaker
02. The Longest Year
03. Idle Blood
04. Onward Into Battle
05. Liberation
06. The Promise Of Deceit
07. Nephilim
08. New Night
09. Inheritance
10. Day & Then The Shade
11. Ashen
12. Departer


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Posted: 15.09.2009 by Abattoir | Comments (19)

Katatonia - Studio Update

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!

The last two days was spent on the final stage - mastering with Jens Bogren twiddling on his knobs down Fascination Street in Örebro, while we were stand-by in the rathole for urgent repairs an reference listening.

Uploading and downloading the files of the whole production via ftp enabled us to communicate and do the same things we normally would, but now in two different towns. Can't say no to ez living for the hard working modern man. After about 4 attempts, we got there. The album has now been approved by everyone. It got the green light and now in peaceville's hands. Our work is done, yet it has only just begun. On Saturday the band will hook up and we'll have a private pre-listening session with some of our friends and colleagues and celebrate we're done! Then on Monday we'll have an official pre-listening session all day as Peaceville will fly in journo's from the daily papers, music magazines and radio stations from around Europe. A few photo sessions will round up that night. Then next week it's time for the mini-site to go online. Are you ready?


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Posted: 08.09.2009 by Thanntos | Comments (14)

Katatonia - Album Title, Release Date Confirmed

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 for exclusives & announcements on the final cover artwork, final tracklisting and the release of the new single.


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Posted: 23.07.2009 by MaSTeMa | Comments (55)

Katatonia - Working On New Material

Katatonia have issued the following update:

"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."

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Posted: 03.06.2009 by SlaytallicA | Comments (25)

Katatonia - Issue Update

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.

It seems we might pull things together for maximum devotion this time as all current and previous distractions are now gone. The summer festivals are over and the level of live gigs for the next months are put to a minimum and Bloodbath - our Death Metal side-project's new album is done too (to be released on October 6th, check it out or all our hard work was for nothing hah!).

So what about the music? Bits and pieces have been collected ever since The Great Cold Distance came out. It's just that we've been trying too hard, been thinking too much about the sound and direction. How can we top this and how can we change that. We've been stumbling around off-road looking for the answers and it ended up being a long walk. We don't find it meaningful to trace your own footsteps back from where you came, but we rather find the first nearest exit to the same road up ahead where we're at to get back on the map again.

I wont give away any hints just yet about how it will sound, but we hope to give you more light on the progress of this untitled embryo as we get closer. What's certain is that we've found a good equation to work with now and that my friends is that it's all about the eighth studio album and the autumn. Here comes the Katatonia season…"


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Posted: 03.09.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (10)

Katatonia - Two Mexico Dates Confirmed

As confirmed on, 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


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Posted: 16.08.2007 by Firewalker | Comments (3)

Insomnium - US Tour With Katatonia, Scar Symmetry And Swallow The Sun

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) More details will follow later! Will be just awesome to see you all, can't wait!"

Here are the tour dates:

Sep.06 - BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
Sep.07 - Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
Sep.08 - Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
Sep.09 - Le Medley (Montreal QU)
Sep.10 - Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
Sep.11 - The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
Sep.12 - Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
Sep.13 - I-Rock (Detroit MI)
Sep.14 - The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
Sep.15 - Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
Sep.17 - Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
Sep.19 - Whiskey-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
Sep.20 - Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
Sep.21 - Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
Sep.22 - Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
Sep.24 - White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
Sep.25 - Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
Sep.26 - Scout Bar (Houston TX)

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Posted: 05.06.2007 by ..HumanError.. | Comments (13)

Katatonia - North American Headlining Tour Confirmed For Fall

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."

Sept. 4 - Jaxx West Springfield, VA United States
Sept. 6 - BB Kings New York, NY United States
Sept. 7 - Mark's Place Bedford, NH United States
Sept. 8 - Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY United States
Sept. 9 - Le Medley Montreal, QC Canada
Sept. 10 - Imperial de Quebec Quebec City, QC Canada
Sept. 11 - The Funhaus Toronto, ON Canada
Sept. 12 - Peabody's Cleveland, OH United States
Sept. 13 - I-Rock Detriot, MI United States
Sept. 14 - The Pearl Room Mokena, IL United States
Sept. 15 - Station 4 St. Paul, MN United States
Sept. 17 - Bluebird Theater Denver, CO United States
Sept. 19 - Whiskey Hollywood, CA United States
Sept. 20 - Showcase Theater Corona, CA United States
Sept. 21 - Brickhouse Phoenix, AZ United States
Sept. 22 - Launchpad Albuqeruque, NM United States
Sept. 24 - White Rabbit San Antonio, TX United States
Sept. 25 - Ridglea Theater Ft. Worth, TX United States
Sept. 26 - Scout Bar Houston, TX United States


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Posted: 29.05.2007 by ToCSiN | Comments (4)

Katatonia - Live CD/DVD To Be Released In May

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.

01. Leaders
02. Wealth
03. Soil's Song
04. Had To (Leave)
05. Cold Ways
06. Right Into The Bliss
07. Ghost Of The Sun
08. Criminals
09. Deliberation
10. July
11. Evidence

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Posted: 12.03.2007 by Kin3tic | Comments (10)