Katatonia related news a-plenty.
There’s a new In Mourning album coming out on the 20th day of May through Agonia Records. It is called Afterglow, continuing the story from The Weight of Oceans (which is a good); it will be slightly more complex than its predecessors (which is also a good), and the sound will be more alive and less studio corrected (which is also also good). Check out the the cover art by Necrolord and track listing below, if you’re into that sort of stuff.
Afterglow will be the band’s first album with former Katatonia drummer Daniel Liljekvist behind the kit.
October Tide is releasing a new album, Winged Waltz, on the 22nd day of April through Agonia Records as well. The band’s lineup has undergone a few changes even after its ’09 reformation by Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia, Trees of Eternity). Matias Norrman (his brother’s mate in ToE) on bass, Emil Alstermark on guitars, Alexander Högbom (Centinex) on vocals and the latest addition, Jocke Wallgren (Valkyrja), on drums. You can stream “Sleepless Sun” below. It sounds, unsurprisingly, quite a lot like A Tunnel Of No Light, its predecessor.
Moving on to, you guessed it, Katatonia. The Fall of Hearts will be released on 20th of May. It will be the band’s first to feature drummer Daniel Moilanen and guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat). The album was self-produced and mixed by Jens Bogren, with Karl Daniel Lidén brought in as an engineer. Says the band (and label) about the album themselves:
“Katatonia have spent the past four years since the release of Dead End Kings touring the world, as well as expanding their fanbase through two special albums on Kscope, the sister label of Peaceville. 2013 saw the release of Dethroned & Uncrowned which exploded the core of the songs on Dead End Kings creating new moods and textures. In 2015, they released the live acoustic album and concert film, Sanctitude. Both releases illustrate the band’s journey toward this, their current more progressive sound.
Katatonia will continue to push their musical boundaries beyond their roots in the metal scene while drawing in new fans from across the musical spectrum like peers such as Opeth and Anathema have also done, cementing Katatonia’s place as one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the world of modern heavy music.
This album is probably everything we unknowingly ever dreamed of to release. It’s a bleak but adventurous journey through our elements, we haven’t held back, we have pushed to get forward and backward in the ever spiralling night of our musical legacy.”
You can spend all of a 25 seconds with the teaser video below as well as check their upcoming shows.
12/03/16 – Sweden, Gothenburg -Metal Town Festival
29/04/16 – Norway, Kopervik – Karmoygeddon Festival
19/06/16 –France, Clisson – Hellfest
03/07/16 – Finland, Helsinki – Tuska Festival
9-10/07/16 – Belgium, Bouckenborgh – Anterwerp Metal Festival
05/08/16 – Portugal, Corroios- Vagos Open Air Festival,
17-20/08/2016 –Germany, Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
John Carpenter will release Lost Themes II on April 15th through Sacred Bones. Instead of being recorded over several years and great distances like its predecessor, it was made in a shorter span of time in one city. Joining John Carpenter are, once again, his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies. Stream the opener, “Distant Dream”, below.
He will also be embarking on his first tour, the dates are as follows:
06-02-04 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
07-01-03 Ásbrú, Iceland – ATP Iceland
10-28 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-29 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-31 London, England – Troxy
IN OTHER NEWS
- The Resistance has news for you: Jesper Strömblad – the founding guitarist/ex-In Flames founding guitarist is no longer a member.
- Fans of Piss Vortex, rejoice. Future Cancer will be out on April 1st via Indisciplinarian. They are streaming “Abyss“, go forth and give it a spin.
- If you happen to be near Glasgow on March 26th, don’t miss North Of The Wall.
- Discharge is releasing a new album on April 29th, if you’re into post-1985 Discharge you might want to listen to “Hatebomb“.
- Last year the pagan/black metal band Sacrilegium reformed after 15 years of slumber. On March 18th the band will release their sophomore (only 20 years after the debut) Anima Lucifera, you can go stream the whole thing here
- Aborted has a new album, Retrogore, coming out on April 22nd – check out the title track. Don’t forget the Termination Redux EP that came out in January (and had one of the band’s better cover arts) either!
- Decibel Magazine is streaming the first new Withered song in six years; go check it out if you like.
- Nokturnal Hellstorm (featuring Danny Lilker, who else) dropped their album Dominance and Persecution early (digitally) ’cause it – surprise, surprise – leaked. Get it, stream it or wait for the physical copy to drop. If you don’t do The ‘Fy stream “Oppression” here.
- Tombstoned’s II will be released on April 22nd through Svart Records. Stream “And I Told You” below.
Finally, you can stream the new Wormed album right now!