Katatonia, Swedish purveyors of all that is darkly progressive, have revealed details of their eagerly awaited 10th studio album. The Fall Of Hearts is set for release on the 20th May 2016, via their long-time home of Peaceville Records, and the band ha this to say regarding their latest incarnation:
“This album is probably everything we unknowlingly 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.”
The official follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Dead End Kings was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer. The dramatic yet desolate artwork was created by long time Katatonia designer and illustrator Travis Smith.
Since the release of Dead End Kings, Katatonia have spent the past four years 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.
The Fall Of Hearts is the first Katatonia record to feature new drummer Daniel ’Mojjo’ Moilanen and with the addition of their recently recruited guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat) – who came in just in time to sprinkle some blistering solos on the album – Katatonia will continue to push their musical boundaries beyond their roots in the metal scene. In a manner not unlike their peers Opeth and Anathema, Katatonia’s place as one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the world of modern heavy music will be cemented with this release.
More details of The Fall Of Hearts will be released shortly but in the meantime, watch this album trailer for a taster of what’s to come:
Katatonia have confirmed festival appearances for 2016:
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