Swedish Katatonia will be on the road in Europe during autumn 2016 promoting the latest masterpiece called "The Fall of Hearts". Here are the dates:
Swedish Katatonia will be on the road in Europe during autumn 2016 promoting the latest masterpiece called "The Fall of Hearts". Here are the dates:
(10/10) "The Fall of Hearts" is one of these albums in 2016 that I was curiously waiting for. Not only that the band is releasing one good record after the other, they are also constantly improving their sound. What is really smart is the fact that development seems to be something natural for the band from Sweden. It's like the guys being constantly pushing the limits and stretching the boarders without losing the bands roots. Katatonia gets better and better with each release, something that's ongoing now for many year, including nine longplayer, with number ten to be released this May.
"The Fall of Hearts" is great, I can say this already at this stage. And even though the band faced a line-up change (Daniel Moilanen and Roger Öjersson (Tiamat)) their music got even stronger.
The Swedish prog metal masters added twelve new chapters of beautiful darkness to our lives, each of them a little highlight in itself.
"Takeover" is first and it's a song that is 100% Katatonia. Melancholy, gentle melodies and pure emotion, that's the opener. The tune is basically kept rather silent with a heavier peak towards the end, something that's a good bridge to "Serein". You might have seen already the lyric video that was done for this beautiful songs. Compared to some other numbers on "The Fall of Hearts" it's a more light-hearted track that has a catchy melody and some well-placed hooks.
One of the more introvert songs on the album is "Old Hearts Falls" while tracks like "Serac", with its heavy sections that are in a constant interplay with fragile moments, and the raging "Passer" show the more metallic side of Katatonia. The great thing is, that the five-piece switches between these expressions like a chameleon changing colours. By doing this Katatonia offers thrilling songs while staying still 100% authentic, and all this with an own unique sound.
But what would all these outstanding songs be like if they would have got a production that kills the entire spirit. They would be worth nothing and Katatonia knows that. Therefore the guys took all the responsibility themselves, meaning it was Anders Nystrom and Jonas Renske that produced the new longplayer at the Studio Grondahl in Stockholm while it was Jens Bogren doing the mix and mastering. The guys gave the album the sound it deserves. The production is powerful, nuanced and pays attention to details by still being warm and organic.
"The Fall of Hearts" is the highlight so far in 2016. I love this longplayer and I can highly recommend it to each of you, regardless which sub-metal genre you're into., this album is a beautiful piece of music that is touching, moving, heavy and powerful. I don't know what could have been done better and therefore it's one of the seldom moments of giving ten points to such a masterpiece.
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: May 20st, 2016
Prog rockers Katatonia will premier a new song from the upcoming album "The Fall of Hearts" on Saturday 30.04.. The song, "Serein", will be part of the show "Tuff Stuff" on German radio station Rock Antenne:
Saturday, 30.04., Rock Antenne
Katatonia - "Serein" @ Tuff Stuff - 23.00 - 01.00 (CET/MEZ)
Release date for the album will be May 20st and the record will come via Peaceville/Edel.
The album will be released in different formats:
Deluxe 12” hardbook featuring:
2 Disc CD & DVD Mediabook featuring:
Double gatefold 180g heavy weight LP featuring:
Digital download featuring:
Katatonia are back in the studio. The band started the recording of their tenth studio album. The work takes place at Stockholm's Studio Gröndahl, together with engineer Karl Daniel Liden.
Futhermore the band announced a new drummer. Daniel Moilanen joins the band and here is a statement from Jonas Renske:
”We first met Mojjo back in 2009 where his band at the time, Engel had joined up with us and Paradise Lost on a UK tour and we soon realized we shared the same musical background and ideals. We stayed in touch over the years and when Daniel Liljekvist quit Katatonia in 2014 we decided to give Mojjo a call. He has now been with us for well over a year, so far only as a live member, but now is the time for him to join the Katatonia album cycle and most importantly - make his own impression on our new material. We can't wait to see what this will lead to. Love him up!
(9/10) It was year ago when Swedish Katatonia played a few shows in Europe in an unplugged setup that was based on the "Dethroned & uncrowned" release from 2013. I had the chance to see the concert in the P60 in Amstelveen, Netherlands and I was impressed.
10 month later Katatonia releases a live recording from a show, captured on this tour. It was the gig in London's Union Chapel that will be released as a live CD/DVD/BluRay. By having a look on the location you can see already that the show wasn't only acoustic. The band has also chosen very special locations that provided the right ambient for those special concerts.
Since I only heard the album so far I can't refer to the concertfilm and the documentary called "Beyond the chapel", but already listening to the album clearly states the intense expression of the show.
Katatonia played in total 17 songs in an (half-) acoustic setup, taken from albums like "The great cold distance", "Dead end kings",... A look on the setlist also shows that the band performed some songs that they have never played live before. "Gone" for example and also "The one you are looking for is not here" are two fo those anthems; the last one also included a guest appearence of Silje Wergeland from The Gathering.
Talking about guest appearences - Katatonia had a few line-up changes upfront of the shows. Therefore the band has been quite nervious and Jonas Renske expressed this also a couple of times. But it has been those changes that allowed the band to invite The Pineapple Thief frontman Bruce Soord to join the tour. And this was a great add-on.
All in all I can highly recommend this atmospheric album Great musicians are performing excellent song, somewhere between rock and prog, in an unique environment. This album is the sonic version of some sunrays that break though the grey November sky. Enjoy it.
Katatonia release in September 2013 the remak of "Dead end kings" that got the name "Dethroned & uncrowned". This album is an amazing journey through all kind of emotional aspects combined with silent, but intensive progressive sounds.
Katatonia has been also on tour for some shows (see the review from the P60 in Holland), which was an amazing moment and an initimate, almost fragile, evening.
Lucky enough the band recorded the show in the Union Chapel in London and they will release it as a DVD/Blu Ray/CDYou can expect 17 songs in a candle lit atmosphere that has a thrilling emotional impact.
"Sanctitude" will be the name and the release date of the masterpiece will be on April 3. Something to look forward to.
1. In The White
5. A Darkness Coming
6. One Year From Now
7. The Racing Heart
8. Tonight`s Music
10. Undo You
13. Idle Blood
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)
(8/10) That death metal and Sweden, esp. Stockholm, goes together very well is nothing really new. Bloodbath is one of those bands coming from the Swedish capital that gained a lot of international attention during the last years.
Founded as a project already in 1998 by Mikael Åkerfeld (Opeth), Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity and Nightingale), Jonas Renske and Anders Nyström (both Katatonia) Bloodbath released several records and EP's in the last sixteen years. The last full-length album was "The fathomless mastery" in 2008. Six years later the album is in the starting box and ready to be released.
The first remarkable fact is the new singer of Bloodbath. Since Åkerfeld focusses more on Opeth the band needed a new guy behind the mic and they could team-up with Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost. This was good news since Holmes is for a sure an adequade replacement.
"Grand morbid funeral", the name of the new longplayer, is coming with eleven new death metal anthems. All of them have been recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm. The result is an album with a dynamic and mean sound which fits excellent to the music of the band.
So, what about the songs? I have to say that the album became a real aural assault. Immensive riffs and deep growls are characterizing the LP. Nick Holmes brings back memories from the old Paradise Lost times when they wrote their 'hit' "As I die". It's the songs like the blazing fast "Famine of God's word" and "Unite in pain" with the screaming guitars in the beginning that became death metal masterpieces. But it's not only the highspeed moments that are fascinating. Bloodbath also reduces the pace in songs like "Church of Vastilas". This makes the track a gloomy grooving beast that screams for more.
The bouncer and title track takes this approach even one step further. The song is death/doom with a throbbing rhythm and mean vocals by Holmes. It reminded me to Triptykon when I heard the track for the first time. Only in the last minute the track gains speed and ends in a creative noise inferno before a chimming bell and choral elements rounds of a well done record.
It still seems that Bloodbath is reflecting the death metal side of the band members very well. Esp. since Katatonia and also Paradise Lost went with their main bands a bit away from the genre towards more dark metal it seems to be the right channel for the musicians to enjoy their passion. "Grand morbid funeral" is an excellent death metal album the 'Stockholm style' which you can go for without any hesitation.
Genre: Death Metal
New singer from death metal icons Bloodbath is announced. Read here the official Peaceville statement:
"Following the departure of Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumour Metal Hammer have revealed Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes as the new vocalist of Bloodbath.
Blakkheim (guitars): Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic 'Lost Paradise', or the genre defining 'Gothic' and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's grand morbid funeral!”
Jonan Renske (bass): "Ever since I got into 'Lost Paradise' back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my fave growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"
Bloodbath is a titan of death metal from Stockholm, Sweden, notable for the inclusion of Katatonia ,Opeth and now Paradise Lost members.
Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror & the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida & Stockholm ‘Sunlight’ scenes), the band has remained a leading light of extreme metal since their Breeding Death EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for 15 years, further cemented by their devastating - and most successful album to date – ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ in 2008.
Recorded once again at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo, ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’, Bloodbath’s fourth full-length studio release, is undoubtedly the band’s darkest and dirtiest opus yet; an organic collection of filth-ridden tracks straight from the grave, boldly eschewing the approach of somewhat over-produced modern death metal in favour of something altogether more rotten to the bone.
With eerie doom-like melodies mixed with raw and savage riffing, and featuring a number of guest appearances including Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from US gore-masters Autopsy, ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ is a new high-point of brutality for Bloodbath.
Bloodbath is set to appear on a string of festivals throughout 2015, including Inferno festival (Norway), Neurotic Deathfest (The Netherlands) and Maryland Deathfest (USA) with more tba."
After quite a while Swedens dark metal band Katatonia decided to go on tour again. I think it is the first time since 2011 that the band plays a few shows. In the meantime things changed, last but not least even the line-up of the band. In a renewed constellation the five guys had a look into their songs and decided to re-arrange some of them. They made semi-accoustic versions which they present now live on this tour. So you can say that it is a logical continuation of what they have started last year with the fantastic "Dethroned and uncrowned" album.
If I look on Katatonia's development I see parallels with Anathema. Also they started with death metal influenced dark metal, before their sound became more and more relaxed, partly accoustic with a bigger prog rock orientation.
However, the evening in Amstelveen, Holland started with the UK rockers from Messenger. The five guys play a melange out of prog rock, some smaller folk element and some psychedalic influences. Their sound fitted perfect and listening to them was entertaining. Not more and not less.
After a short break the highlight of the evening was ready to go. Katatonia entered the stage for a 15 songs long set with some real highlights. Encased in sphereful blue and red light the band started with "In the white" into the evening. While talking about the light; the stage was done very basic, as it should be for an accoustic show. The focus was on the music, which was good. The only extra from a visual point of view have been the obligatory candles on stage and some light bulbs from the ceiling. That was it.
These unplugged shows have been very special for the band. Jonas Renske and Anders Nyström mentioned a couple of times that they have been nervous before the show, since it was just the second accoustic gig. But the little stagefright was not recognisable. A bit introvert and reflecting the band created a magic atmosphere of vulnerability and melancholia. It shows the potential of the songs that they can be re-arranged in such a way.
A look on the setlist also shows that Katatonia played tunes which they haven't played ever live, like "Gone" and "The one you are looking for is not here". Next to these two tracks the guys from Stockholm also added songs to the show which they haven't played live for many years. The last time songs like "Day" and "A darkness coming" have been performed was many years ago. Time was flying and it was far too early when Renske announced the last song. But the fans have been fascinated by the performance and demanded an encore. Katatonia came back for one more song. But after the final note of "The one you are looking for is not here" was played the light went on and the moment of magic was over. 70 minutes was definitely too short for such a show. That was a real downer. You could see this also in the faces of the fans. This time it was quality instead of quantity. Maybe next time it is both.
To sum up. It was a cool and chilling evening with very sphereful music from two good bands. A succesful experiment which can be done more often. But of course Katatonia also should not forget to rock ;o)
Katatonia continues the tour with a few more shows in Germany, Switzerland, France and UK. All concerts will take place at special locations which emphasis the ambience. Check it out.
Location: P60, Amsterlveen, The Netherlands
Genre: Rock (semi-unplugged)
Swedens metalheads Katatonia re-arranged their successful album "Dead end kings" and release this new version under the name "Dethroned & uncrowned". All songs are completly extracted and brought down to the core. The drums were taken away and the guitars are acoustic instead of plugged in. The guitar duo Nyström and Erikson do a fantastic job. The same goes for singer Jonas Renkse, who's vocals are standing out even more than on the regular release. The whole album got a new dimension, also due to the added piano, and changed from prog metal to prog rock.
The songs, which are in the same order as on "Dead end kings", sound very fragile and you can dive into this world very easily. You're just caught in the atmosphere from the very first note.
You get the most out of it when you put in your earphones, lay back and enjoy that beautiful piece of music. This is an album to discover and no musical fast food.
It almost seems that it becomes a prog autumn this year. Next to Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Subsignal we got now this Katatonia release and also the Anathema live DVD/album. So there is enough stuff to listen to, when it get's more rainy and stormy.
Label: Kscope/ Edel
Genre: Progressive Rock