Since the Close-Up Boat docks in the harbor of Turku on September 19th we decided we’d expand our plans a little and stick around, so we’ll throw a gig at Klubi with support from Barren Earth the same evening. But wait, there’s more… If you call now! YES NOW! You will receive not just one, but TWO gigs! 2-4-1! WOAH! CALL NOW!! (sorry……couldnt help it…. R.I.P Mike Levey). Apparently, there’s no two gigs for one this time, but we are indeed heading to Helsinki to headline the second night of Unioni Festival at The Circus on Sept 20th where you’ll get to see bands such as Solstafir, Swallow The Sun, Barren Earth and yours truly on the same ticket. So until then, kippis!
Dear friends and fans,
I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ’difference in views´or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills payed.
I’ve had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I’ve been all over the planet with this lot…my second family. Thank you! I’m gonna miss playing with you and I’m gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I’m gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I’m not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we’ve come across during all the years. You probably don’t know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice…
This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!
We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can’t pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it, in fact this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today’s “scene/industry”. Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother – and our fans favourite long-time drummer – to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying, we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends.
On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked’ tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties – he was the one who actually played all original percussion on Dead End Kings/Dethroned & Uncrowned albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (Ex-Engel) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. Let’s welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long awaited 20th anniversary ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night – Live at Koko’ DVD coming out this fall and much more…
Katatonia are confirmed to play Close-Up Båten – the ferry that voyages between Stockholm – Turku on September 18-19, 2014.
The annual record store day is coming on april 19th, so how do we celebrate this? Katatonia collectors and vinyl lovers will be pleased to know that we’ve compiled some of our most rare and appreciated b-sides on a 12″ vinyl for the first time ever! Printed on matte reversed stock and limited to 2000 copies, ‘Kocytean’ will be available only from independent record stores, so get ready to hunt down your copy next month and enjoy this beautiful vinyl release!
2. Sold Heart
5. Code Against The Code
6. The Act Of Darkening
‘Kocytean’ is a wordplay on Cocytus or Kokytos, meaning “the river of wailing” (from the Greek Κωκυτός, “lamentation”) and is a river in the underworld in Greek mythology. Cocytus flows into the river Acheron, across which is the underworld, the mythological abode of the dead.
Anders comments on how the idea came up behind the artwork “I had this scenario playing over and over in my head and together with my graphics shrink Travis Smith decided to convey them down into a series of 4 images where it takes you through struggle, despair, tranquility and hope”.
The support act on all dates of our ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked’ tour in may will be UK’s Messenger. Check them out!
Tickets to all dates are available from here:
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.