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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.
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Swedish metal band Katatonia’s drummer, Daniel Liljekvist, has announced his departure from the band. Liljekvist has been with the band since 1999 and has left on good terms to “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”
Daniel Liljekvist stated the following: “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 paid.
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!”
Katatonia said the following: “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…”
Guitarist Anders Nystrom had this to say about the tour:
“Dear Katatoniaks of North America! You have been blessed to get another round of this truly classic bill together, because today Opeth and Katatonia, two bands who share a longtime friendship and many musical collaborations, are back on the road to cloak you with some true Swedish atmosphere across North America for the next six weeks. We’ve have also added five headlining sideshows that will see Katatonia play a full set. Check out our Facebook (www.facebook.com/katatonia) for daily updates on stage times (as a general rule we’re always on early after doors) and there you’ll also find the ticket links. More and more shows are already added to the sold out list, so we look forward to many fine evenings to come. Let the sunset choir sing again and see ya soon!”
Check out the tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.
Another week, more album cover art to discover. New bands. Tenured bands. Enough shenanigans. Time for you to go and vote.
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Katatonia announce North American tour and release promotional video with brand new song “Buildings”
Swedish gothic metal kings Katatonia have announced an upcoming North American tour in support of their soon to be released album Dead End Kings. They are calling it the Epic Kings & Idols Tour and have released a promotional video that includes the brand new song “Buildings.”
You can find the video along with a list of tour dates by clicking right here.
Dead End Kings is the follow up to the band’s highly acclaimed album Night Is The New Day and will be released August 28, 2012 via Peaceville Records. The album was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and The City Of Glass with production being handled by the band’s own Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse. They are also using David Castillo for mixing duties as he is known for his prior work with Katatonia, along with Opeth and Bloodbath. This is also the recording debuts of guitarist Per Eriksson and bassist Niklas Sandin.
The band has released one other song from the album called “Dead Letters” which you can find right here.Add to My Radar
Swedish goth metal legends Katatonia have released a lyric video for the song “Dead Letters” taken from their upcoming album called Dead End Kings. The album will be released on August 27, 2012 and 28th in Europe and the US respectively under Peaceville Records. This is the follow up to 2009′s Night Is The New Day.
Click here to listen to/read the new song.
Dead End Kings was recorded Ghost Ward Studios in Sweden with producer David Castillo helping on the mixing. This album sees the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson, and bassist Niklas Sandin as well. Artwork is taken care of by longtime collaborator Travis Smith.Add to My Radar
Swedish gothic metal outfit Katatonia have released the full set of details on their upcoming release. The album is to be called Dead End Kings and be released on August 27, 2012 and 28th in Europe and the US respectively. This is the follow up to 2009’s Night Is The New Day and it will be released via Peaceville Records.
Dead End Kings was recorded Ghost Ward Studios in Sweden with producer David Castillo helping on the mixing. This album sees the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson, and bassist Niklas Sandin as well. Artwork is taken care of by longtime collaborator Travis Smith.
Click here to see statements from the band, larger artwork, and a track listing.Add to My Radar
Swedish gothic metal band Katatonia has announced a 20th anniversary North American tour. The headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” performances will take place in the United States and Canada while the band is in North America for the upcoming “Heritage Tour” with fellow Swedish death metallers, Opeth. The full tour dates can be seen here.
Katatonia released their last album “Night Is The New Day” in November 2009 on Peaceville Records.Add to My Radar
Swedish Gothic metal masters Katatonia have released an iPhone/iPad application, as well as a description of what downloading the app means for you as a fan. The band writes,
“Some of you might have missed that there is a Katatonia dedicated iPhone/iPad app to grab. All features that Katatonia.com have can now also be found in the app and there’s also a smooth integration between Facebook and Twitter accounts. Furthermore, this free app will be expanded on the following areas: songs (full songs to be on rotation), videos (hooked up directly to our YouTube account), photos (hooked up directly to our Flickr account), tour dates (all upcoming shows with ticket links) and maybe most important of all — the very latest news of the band delivered to you as they happen. So, if you haven’t grabbed it already, go ahead! Remember it’s free to keep up with all the latest updates in the world of Katatonia directly in your iPhone.”
If you’re a fan of the band, download the app here.
Katatonia’s last studio album “Night is the New Day” was released in the US on November 10, 2009 via Peaceville Records.Add to My Radar
Opeth will be touring in support of their upcoming new album (mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson) “Heritage” is set to drop on September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records. Stay tuned for further tour and album details right here at Metal Riot.
But in the meantime, get the full set of tour dates right here!Add to My Radar
Opeth will be touring in support of their upcoming new album “Heritage,” which is set to be released on September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.
More dates will be added in the upcoming days, so stay tuned for updates.
Check out the currently announced dates here.Add to My Radar
Finland’s progressive death/doom maestros Barren Earth have entered Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios to record the follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed debut album, “Curse of the Red River.” The band has written 12 new songs, and is currently laying them down with engineer/co-producer Jukka Varmo. Dan Swanö (Katatonia/Opeth) will once again be at the mixing helm.Add to My Radar
Swedish Gothic metal masters, Katatonia, have announced plans to release a limited edition deluxe double vinyl version of their critically acclaimed third album, “Discouraged Ones.”
The album, originally released in 1998, was a single LP with lower sound quality, says the band, and this re-release on Svart records splits the album over three LP sides for a healthier and more accurate sound. It also features several songs from the rare “Saw You Drown” EP as bonus tracks.
Available on double vinyl on April 8th, fans can pre-order the LP version of “Discouraged Ones” here.
Fans in Europe can catch Katatonia on a 5-city tour celebrating their 20th anniversary in early May.Add to My Radar
“With performances in Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France and England the band will perform two sets at each show; the first set will see the band play ´Last Fair Deal Gone Down´ front to back the album that put them firmly on the musical map. The second set will consist of a mixed set of carefully picked songs from their extensive catalogue. In its entirety the show will be well over two hours of live music.”
Front man and lead guitarist Anders Nyström had the following to say:
“Who could believe that Katatonia would make it all this way, 20 years down the road… It’s quite amazing that 2011 will give us the chance to celebrate an anniversary most marriages don’t reach! Another pleasant coincidence is that our classic album ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ has just grown a decade old itself, so what do we do, you ask? Well, THAT! We have decided to re-visit ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ for the first time ever in its entirety and also to take the chance of digging up some of the more obscure songs that we’ve never or rarely played live while blinding in some well known classics from the rest of our catalogue. We hope you’ll come and join us in this special celebration as this shall be a one-time opportunity to witness the Last Fair Day Gone Night!”
For a complete list of tour dates, Click Here.Add to My Radar
Swedish gothic metal band Katatonia has announced they will be playing a string of shows in South America during February 2011. The tour will see the band visit Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
Katatonia’s last studio album “Night is the New Day” was released in the US on November 10, 2009 via Peaceville Records.
For a complete list of tour dates click here.Add to My Radar