Our friend Tomas Åkvik from Stockholm’s raw power rockers Nale, will make sure we stay heavy on this summer’s festival gigs where he’ll fill in on second guitar:
As previously announced, Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief/Wisdom of Crowds will step in as a session live guest on our ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked’ tour in may:
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 critically acclaimed studio album ‘Dead End Kings’.
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.
DETHRONED & UNCROWNED – UNPLUGGED & REWORKED EU TOUR 2014
- May 8 BE – Biebob, Vosselaar
- May 9 NL – P60, Amstelveen
- May 10 DE – Christuskirche, Bochum
- May 11 DE – Freiheiz, Munchen
- May 12 DE – Passionkirche, Berlin
- May 13 CH – Schuur, Lucerne
- May 14 CH – Les Docks, Lausanne
- May 15 FR – Divan du Monde, Paris
- May 16 UK – Union Chapel, London
- May 17 UK – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Katatonia are confirmed to play Party.San Metal Open Air, Schlotheim, Germany on August 8th, 2014.
Katatonia are confirmed to play Brutal Assault, Jaromer, Czech Republic on August 7th, 2014.
Peaceville have made these old titles available again on vinyl.
Presented as a double LP on heavyweight (180g) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, this edition includes the bonus tracks Quiet World (from the Discouraged Ones recording session) and Scarlet Heavens, a rare track from 1994. Pre-order now for 13th January 2014 release date.
DANCE OF DECEMBER SOULS
Presented as a double LP on heavyweight (180g) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, this edition includes 5 bonus tracks in the shape of the first Katatonia release, the cult classic and hard to find Jhva Elohim Meth EP which preceded the album in early 1993. Pre-order now for 20th January 2014 release date.
VIVA EMPTINESS (MMXIII ANTI-UTOPIAN EDITION)
A 10th anniversary version presented on double 180gm gatefold vinyl. Fully revamped, remixed, remastered, and featuring the b-side bonus track Wait Outside. Furthermore all keyboard sounds have been updated with brand new keyboard arrangements on many songs. Inside The City of Glass now has additional vocals (originally intended for inclusion on the album in 2003). Completely new artwork by Travis Smith (based on the original album art themes). Shipping now.
In September 2013 Katatonia returned with Dethroned and Uncrowned released through Pledge Music and in partnership with Kscope, Peaceville’s sister label.
Dethroned and Uncrowned, a reworking of 2012′s Dead End Kings, allowed the band to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
In May 2014 Katatonia will take their ‘Unplugged & Reworked’ set-up on the road for the first time, presenting an intimate evening with the band each night performing tracks from Dethroned and Uncrowned alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked.
Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström comments:
“Many people who appreciated how we “dethroned” and “uncrowned” last year’s ‘Dead End Kings’ album have been hoping and even insisting the same would also be done to one or more of our older albums. Admittedly, not likely to happen many a moon ago, at least not with a studio album, we are excited to let you know that by bringing this show on the road the same possibility now opens up that door, with a live version. So expect to hear stripped and reworked songs from our entire career and have them come into equation by thriving on our atmospheric vision, the ambience of some highly unusual venues and last but not least with your presence and choir to set the mood for a soothing experience. We’re already certain this will be the most different and remarkable thing we’ve ever done!”
Tickets for Katatonia’s ‘Unplugged & Reworked’ European tour go on sale 9Am – Friday the 13th.
- 8th May, Biebob, Vosselaar – BE
- 9th May, P60, Amstelveen – NL
- 10th May, Christuskirche, Bochum – DE
- 11th May, Freiheiz, Munich – DE
- 12th May, Passionskirche, Berlin – DE
- 13th May, Schuur, Lucerne – CH
- 14th May, Les Docks, Lusanne – CH
- 15th May, Divan Du Monde – FR
- 16th May, Union Chapel, London- UK
- 17th May, Brudenell Social, Leeds – UK
‘Viva Emptiness’ re-vamped, re-mixed and re-mastered!
Shamelessly all for our selfish desire and peace of mind. This album is now “up there” with TGCD, NITND and DEK, so it’s with pride we and celebrate the glory of its 10 year anniversary. Unfortunately only certain selected countries in Europe gets to see the full album live show in October/November, but everyone in the whole wide world can pre-order the album from us for an October 28th release.
This special edition of ‘Viva Emptiness’ contains the following additions and extra material:
• The whole album revamped – with all keyboard sounds updated plus brand new keyboard arrangements on many songs.
• The whole album entirely remixed and re-mastered.
• ‘Inside The City of Glass’ with additional vocals (originally intended for inclusion back in 2003).
• The b-side song ‘Wait Outside’ is now included on the album.
• New cover and back cover artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (featuring a continuation of the original album theme – the same girl from the original sleeve in fact, 10 years older).
Katatonia will make a return to Norway on Friday May 2nd, 2014 to play Karmøygeddon Metal Festival.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be returning to Romania, our second visit ever to this country to play 2014′s edition of Rockstadt Extreme Fest. Tickets go on sale at Rockstadt Extreme Fest this weekend and online starting Monday September 2nd via: