In a post on his official Facebook page, guitarist Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström has announced that Katatonia will be releasing a stripped down version of their latest album Dead End Kings (review). He also announced that work will soon be commencing on a Katatonia documentary that will appear on an anniversary DVD.
Nyström states, “Just done with stripping down the ‘Dead End Kings’ album to an atmospheric sound void of any metal. Early on we felt it was both peculiar and Interesting how the songs could breathe on their own taking a different minimal approach, so we wanted to go back and explore this in a very spontaneous and unpretentious way. Vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars are in and distorted guitars/bass and drums are out! Stay tuned for a release date!
“And from one big project to another… the next upcoming weeks I’ll be spending diggin’ into old boxes and transferring ancient VHS cassettes and DV tapes to digital media, so we can finally get goin’ on the actual edit on the documentary that will hopefully wrap up the anniversary DVD that’s been taken forevah!”
Dead End Kings landed at #2 on my Top 10 Albums of 2012 list, which you can see here.