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!"

Recently, rumours circulated online that the new album would be titled Born From Nothing, which were promptly denied by the band: "It seems someone got their april fools date mixed up a month too late as they claimed 'Born From Nothing' is confirmed to be the new Katatonia album title. We can hereby deny this is not the new album title and none of us ever claimed it to be. What this title actually comes from is simply a web banner for 4 limited shirts we've been doing this spring and that's all there is to that. But... The good news is that the actual confirmed official album title will be revealed at the end of this month, and we advise you to keep checking Katatonia's Facebook page from now on as the title will actually slowly emerge there in puzzle pieces and some of your might make it out before others do."

The new album should be out this September, according to a banner the band posted on their Facebook page.


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Katatonia
 
Posted: 17.05.2012 by Cynic Metalhead



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Array - 17.05.2012 at 13:27  
Sweet. Silje is a great vocalist and suits Jonas' voice.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 13:30  
Guest vocals on a Katatonia record?

Do not want. Concentrate on the music and stop getting superficial outside influences and elements to cover for the fact your last few albums have been your weakest.
Array - 17.05.2012 at 13:34  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 13:30

Guest vocals on a Katatonia record?

Do not want. Concentrate on the music and stop getting superficial outside influences and elements.

In the last album they had Krister Linder in "Departer" and Frank Default was also there lurking in the musical mix.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 13:35  
Written by Array on 17.05.2012 at 13:34

In the last album they had Krister Linder in "Departer" and Frank Default was also there lurking in the musical mix.

And the last album was amongst the worst ever done by the band. Case and point.
Array - 17.05.2012 at 13:37  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 13:35

And the last album was amongst the worst ever done by the band. Case and point.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119528/
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.05.2012 at 13:38  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 13:35


And the last album was amongst the worst ever done by the band. Case and point.


I would even say their last is their worst. And the one before that was only slightly better.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 13:38  
Written by Array on 17.05.2012 at 13:37

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119528/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXoNE14U_zM
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 13:38  
Nah, he's telling the truth, Katatonia are getting meh. They have to fix that.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 13:39  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.05.2012 at 13:38


I would even say their last is their worst. And the one before that was only slightly better.

I would say they're about even, both a massively huge fall from Viva Emptiness.
Array - 17.05.2012 at 13:39  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 13:38

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXoNE14U_zM

Auch!
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.05.2012 at 13:41  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 13:39


I would say they're about even, both a massively huge fall from Viva Emptiness.


They are about even but the last one bores me just a tad more. But both are indeed a massive fall from Viva Emptiness. It is like with Viva you are on top of the mountains in the Grand Canyon and with the other two you are at the bottom of the ravines there.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 13:41  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.05.2012 at 13:41

It is like with Viva you are on top of the mountains in the Grand Canyon and with the other two you are at the bottom of the ravines there.

Yep that about sums it up
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 13:47  
I don't find TGCD to be that bad, but maybe this has to do with the fact that it was my first Katatonia album.
SceneryOfLoss - 17.05.2012 at 14:07  
I don't know if it'll end up good but I'm curious. But I have to agree that "Night Is The New Day" was meeh.
Stoned Crow - 17.05.2012 at 14:33  
Evolution.
Angel_Lament - 17.05.2012 at 14:33  
Great choice, her vocals are really awesome to this kinda atmosphere...
BudDa - 17.05.2012 at 16:38  
I think they are going to continue in the same vein. So, either they are oblivious to the fact that they are making "weak" albums or they know but just don't care.
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 17:12  
Maybe they'll finally assert themselves as one of the most unnecessary bands around...
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 17:15  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 17:12

Maybe they'll finally assert themselves as one of the most unnecessary bands around...

Define "necessary"? Last I checked 90%+ of metal bands aren't necessary as they aren't bringing anything new to the table. And as it stands I can't think of any band particularly worthy of taking Katatonia's spot, despite a couple of average albums.
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 17:18  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 17:15
Define "necessary"?

That was definitely more of a personal opinion as opposed to me objectively stating they're an unnecessary band. Obviously they have a massive following and a great many people love the fact they continue to exist, but these guys have been dead to me for... ever since I checked them out? Aside from the BMD era, all of their releases don't do anything for me.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 17:20  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 17:18

That was definitely more of a personal opinion as opposed to me objectively stating they're an unnecessary band. Obviously they have a massive following and a great many people love the fact they continue to exist, but these guys have been dead to me for... ever since I checked them out? Aside from the BMD era, all of their releases don't do anything for me.

Well they're definitely dead from the waste down post-Viva, but then that's how I feel about Paradise Lost after their debut.
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 18:23  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 17:18

Aside from the BMD era, all of their releases don't do anything for me.


Huh, I thought you liked the debut.
strade - 17.05.2012 at 18:30  
I will neglect to comment here as to not start a flaming rant, but for the record, I think you're all delusional.
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 18:50  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 18:23
Huh, I thought you liked the debut.

I do. And the few EPs that came out around the same time... all the death doom stuff, basically. As soon as they started getting into the alt-rock style I lost interest.
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 19:12  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 18:50

Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 18:23
Huh, I thought you liked the debut.

I do. And the few EPs that came out around the same time... all the death doom stuff, basically. As soon as they started getting into the alt-rock style I lost interest.


Oh, sorry... I just misunderstood your comment when you said BMD-era. I usually have the habit of separating Katatonia in three eras because of the three different styles they have done.

Actually, there's a fourth one, when they did only one long song that was like pure goth rock.
Justicelust - 17.05.2012 at 19:22  
Written by strade on 17.05.2012 at 18:30

I will neglect to comment here as to not start a flaming rant, but for the record, I think you're all delusional.

+1
Slayer666 - 17.05.2012 at 19:45  
I usually frown on bands dragging guest musicians to their albums, but in this case... no, wait, I still think it sucks.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 19:59  
We'll have to wait and see what the result is. It's really weird how every discussion about Katatonia leads to how much their new stuff sucks and how awesome they were until Brave Murder Day.
I for one am still glad they exist whatever is it that they're doing
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 20:06  
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 19:59
how much their new stuff sucks and how awesome they were until The Great Cold Distance.


Fixed. Although I like that album too, but the difference in quality between Viva Emptiness and The Great Cold Distance is still very large.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:13  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 20:06

Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 19:59
how much their new stuff sucks and how awesome they were until The Great Cold Distance.

Fixed. Although I like that album too, but the difference in quality between Viva Emptiness and The Great Cold Distance is still very large.

Agreed. I'm with the group of people who loved TGCD and actually enjoyed NitND a big amount
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 20:19  
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:13

Agreed. I'm with the group of people who loved TGCD and actually enjoyed NitND a big amount


One of the reasons I liked TGCD so much is because it was my first Katatonia album so it gets some value there, I bet that if I listened to it after listening to everything before it I wouldn't like it that much.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:41  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 20:19

Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:13

Agreed. I'm with the group of people who loved TGCD and actually enjoyed NitND a big amount


One of the reasons I liked TGCD so much is because it was my first Katatonia album so it gets some value there, I bet that if I listened to it after listening to everything before it I wouldn't like it that much.

I started with Katatonia chronologically, I used to dislike Viva Emptiness and prefer TGCD to it but as time passed by Viva became more interesting and it was obvious that it was the better album
Slayer666 - 17.05.2012 at 21:19  
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:13

Agreed. I'm with the group of people who loved TGCD and actually enjoyed NitND a big amount


Me too. Can't say I loved TGCD, but definitively liked it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 21:35  
My Twin is a great song but there's so much filler, and the adoption of that horrible mechanical, sterile pseudo-metal tone/sound was not pleasing to mine ears. They should go back to the more rock-ish sound of Viva.
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 21:47  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 21:35

My Twin is a great song but there's so much filler, and the adoption of that horrible mechanical, sterile pseudo-metal tone/sound was not pleasing to mine ears. They should go back to the more rock-ish sound of Viva.


It does have many fillers but also some tracks I really really like. Maybe because it was my first Katatonia album but I listen to them from time to time and still enjoy them. Leaders, Deliberation, My Twin and my personal favorite In The White are great songs imo. The rest is hit or miss. I also noticed now that you mentioned it that the sound itself is quite sterile, which makes me sad.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 21:51  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 21:47


It does have many fillers but also some tracks I really really like. Maybe because it was my first Katatonia album but I listen to them from time to time and still enjoy them. Leaders, Deliberation, My Twin and my personal favorite In The White are great songs imo. The rest is hit or miss.

Yeah there's definitely some very good tracks on it (can't remember what ones they are though).
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 21:56  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 21:51
Yeah there's definitely some very good tracks on it (can't remember what ones they are though).

The live setting (Live Consternation) seems to improve them a little when it comes to sound.
MetalSpider - 17.05.2012 at 22:26  
I might be called crazy for this but I must be one of the few people out there who prefers their new stuff in comparison to their old stuff. I enjoy their old stuff too but Viva Emptiness and beyond are my favourites.
woodsmoke666 - 17.05.2012 at 23:59  
Last few records are really awesome!! Some people on here just like to moaning all the time - it's not metal enough - blah, blah!!!
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.05.2012 at 00:01  
Written by woodsmoke666 on 17.05.2012 at 23:59
Some people on here just like to moaning all the time - it's not metal enough - blah, blah!!!

You didn't read my comment very closely did you?

Quote:
and the adoption of that horrible mechanical, sterile pseudo-metal tone/sound was not pleasing to mine ears. They should go back to the more rock-ish sound of Viva.
Kenos - 18.05.2012 at 03:36  
Another chapter of my life is coming.
woodsmoke666 - 18.05.2012 at 21:03  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.05.2012 at 00:01

Written by woodsmoke666 on 17.05.2012 at 23:59
Some people on here just like to moaning all the time - it's not metal enough - blah, blah!!!

You didn't read my comment very closely did you?

Quote:
and the adoption of that horrible mechanical, sterile pseudo-metal tone/sound was not pleasing to mine ears. They should go back to the more rock-ish sound of Viva.



Wasn't pointing out a specific post

Maybe I approach music differently these days but I try to judge every release without comparing it to the bands back catalogue. Sometimes you just have a accept bands need to experiment and do something different.
Ernis - 21.05.2012 at 01:23  
Nice to hear about Silje lending her voice to Katatonia. I do admit I haven't had any time nor interest to check their post-Viva Emptiness work but this might even motivate me to pick this band up again. The duet of Jonas Renkse and Anneke van Giersbergen was wonderful on Ayreon's 010101 album, tho...

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