It has been some time coming but guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson and Katatonia have now mutually agreed to part ways. Per joined the band in 2010 as a live session player and after some substantial touring quickly became a steady fixture being heavily involved in the recording of Katatonia's 2012 studio album Dead End Kings. For the Swedes upcoming Unplugged & Reworked Tour, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief, Wisdom Of Crowds) will perform with the band as a special guest.

The band explains why this happened: "A difference in views on the band's current operative as well as last year's decision from Per to permanently live in Barcelona have made his involvement in the band too problematic, both for him and for the remaining band members. They part ways as good friends and on a related note, his position within the death metal 'super-group' Bloodbath remains unchanged and he will soon join his fellow band members in the studio to record their 4th album to be released on Peaceville records this fall. Katatonia's upcoming Dethroned & Uncrowned Tour will go ahead as scheduled and will see none other than Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief, Wisdom Of Crowds) as a special guest taking on guitar and vocal duties."

Bruce Soord

Unplugged & Reworked Tour:

May 8 - BEL - Biebob, Vosselaar
May 9 - NED - P60, Amstelveen
May 10 - GER - Christuskirche, Bochum
May 11 - GER - Freiheiz, Munich
May 12 - GER - Passionkirche, Berlin
May 13 - SUI - Schuur, Lucerne
May 14 - SUI - Les Docks, Lausanne
May 15 - FRA - Divan du Monde, Paris
May 16 - UK - Union Chapel, London
May 17 - UK - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

In May 2014, Katatonia will take their Unplugged & Reworked Tour set-up on the road for the first time, presenting an intimate evening with the band each night performing tracks from Dethroned & Uncrowned alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked.

Band profile: Katatonia
Posted: 22.02.2014 by MELANCOHOLIC


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Dentura - 22.02.2014 at 19:43  
I'm going to miss Per, he's a great guitar player and he seemed like a cool dude when I met him and the rest of the band at a meet and greet. Best of luck to him, at least he's staying with Bloodbath though.
HumanSpirit - 24.02.2014 at 02:03  
Ah man, he was awesome live! Havent heard about Soord, gonna have to check him out!

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