‘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:
October 7th sees the release of our classic 1997 EP, ‘Sounds of Decay’ for the very first time on vinyl. Recorded at the infamous Sunlight Studios in Stockholm & once more featuring Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt on lead vocals, ‘Sounds of Decay’ was seen as the perfect companion-piece to the sublime 1996 breakthrough album, ‘Brave Murder Day’; featuring more hypnotic trips of melodic death/doom metal melancholy.
This gold washed front cover edition of ‘Sounds of Decay’ is presented on 10″ vinyl & includes the bonus track ‘Untrue’, plus features new liner notes written by guitarist & co-founder Anders Nyström. Order a copy of the limited vinyl, or the limited t-shirt or a discounted combo of both (only available at our webstore) to satisfy your old school Katatonia needs.
Kscope just launched a mini-site for ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned’ where you can now stream/download or watch a lyric video to the full song ‘The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here’ and also download some desktop and mobile phone wallpapers. You can also help us spread the word about this album by using our web banners on there and linking back to the mini-site.
You can also take part of a competition where the band are inviting fans to record and submit their own reworking or reinterpretation of a track from the rest of the band’s back catalogue. The re-working can be in any style and of any track the band have written. The best track will be included as b-side on a future Katatonia digital single.
If you want to pre-order the cd and support the band directly, please do so from our pledge page or from our webstore.
Stay tuned for more…
Exclusively designed by Katatonia’s own Anders Nyström who speaks about the purpose behind the shirt: “I wanted to make a simple, stripped down, yet classy shirt that will only be seen worn by very a few people. So this one is for all our vip buyers, offering to them something a little bit outside the box”. Indeed so, first time we see the lyrics to a song make up the operating instructions to a casket!!! Apparently you now have the option to go V.I.P. before you go R.I.P…
The complete VIP package features:
- One Ticket to show
- Meet & Greet with Katatonia
- One Exclusive Katatonia T-Shirt
- One Exclusive Katatonia VIP Keepsake Laminate w/ lanyard
- Early Entry
To purchase a VIP ticket, simply click your date linked below:
9/24 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/25 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
9/26 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
9/27 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
9/28 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
9/30 West Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/1 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
10/2 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/4 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
10/6 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/7 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Pre-order your copy of the album on CD/DVD or LP an receive this discount offer on merch, only available for a limited time at our webstore. Dethroned & Uncrowned will be released on September 9th.
Katatonia will team up for the co-headlining “Uncrowned & Vertikal” North American tour with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT. The two-week run will commence September 23 in Boston, MA and end October 7 in in San Francisco, CA.
Commented vocalist Jonas Renkse : “Dear North Americans! We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings, this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and Tesseract (UK)! Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years, we thought it was about time to re-decorate the good ol’ setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems, songs that we haven’t yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us! Please note that it won’t be an “old-school” party, but an evening with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a knife! Oh, and we will probably have time to play some of the “hits” as well. All in all, we will squeeze out as much Katatonia as possible each and every night, so let’s do this one together once again, shall we?”
The upcoming North American tour will coincide with the release of Dethroned and Uncrowned, the band’s debut album on Kscope (sister label of Peaceville) on September 10 in North America. The album can now be pre-ordered from the official Katatonia webstore.
The album was funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign that helped make the recording possible. Fans can still get exclusive Katatonia PledgeMusic items up until the project is released as it potentially encourages the possibility of having the project taken out live on the road in 2014.
Guitarist Anders Nyström commented, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album.
“Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings.”
Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia, Dethroned and Uncrowned and the upcoming North American tour. VIP packages will be available next week, along with the public on-sales beginning Friday, August 9.
- 09/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
- 09/24 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
- 09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
- 09/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
- 09/27 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
- 09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
- 09/30 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
- 10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
- 10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
- 10/04 – Denver, CO @ Summit
- 10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
- 10/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Swedish melodic doom quintet Katatonia are the latest international act to be added to Damnation Festival and bolster the stunning bill which will be unleashed on Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 2.
Anders Nyström, said: “Since it looks like November will bring us Damnation, we’re absolutely certain there’ll be some Swedish export of atmospheric dark metal coming your way with it! We couldn’t be more psyched to celebrate our ‘Viva Emptiness’ album anniversary (and play the album in its entirety) at a festival we never got to play before. So Leeds, join us and be damned!”