Avant-garde metal band Stolen Babies have digitally released their latest album Naught today. In celebration of this, Shockya is streaming the album in its entirety (you can also hear it below). I’ve been listening to the album nonstop and I’m kinda loving it. I definitely recommend you check it out.
The band is also currently opening up the “Epic Kings & Idols” tour, which is co-headlined by Katatonia and Devin Townsend. Paradise Lost act as direct support. You can see the tour dates, as well as post-tour headline shows, below. READ MORE
It’s been a slightly miserable day today in terms of the weather. It was overcast with a small breeze. It was the type of weather that makes me crave the fun of Halloween. I want rain. I want grey clouds. I want fog. I want leafless trees. All of this combined made me decide that the Twisted Music Video Of The Week was going to be “Vampira” from none other than Devin Townsend Band! The song comes from the 2006 album Synchestra (Inside Out Music).
A new track Devin Townsend Project‘s upcoming album Epicloud entitled “True North” was streamed earlier today. Listen to it here.
Devin Townsend Project just hit the road as co-headliners alongside Katatonia on the “Epic Kings & Idols” Tour. Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies are opening. Tour dates can be found below.
As always, make sure to leave your suggestion for the next Twisted Music Video Of The Week in the comments below! READ MORE
Dutch atmospheric rockers The Gathering have released a near 11-minute video for “Heroes For Ghosts”, which comes off the band’s 10th studio album Disclosure, out Sept. 25th via Psychonaut Records (pre-order here). The band has also made the entire album available to stream via their Bandcamp page. You can check out the video and stream the album below.
Keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who also sings for the first time on this album states, “Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically. The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet.”
The Gathering singer Silje Wergeland did a guest appearance on Katatonia‘s Dead End Kings (review). READ MORE
The day is finally upon us! Dead End Kings, the 10th studio album from Katatonia has been released and is available for the world to hear! However, if you’re still on the fence about the album (really?), Exclaim! has the entire album available for streaming. And if that’s not enough to convince you, how about checking out my review, eh? The combination of those two should be more than enough for you to shell out $9.99. Right?
Alright, for those of you who have the album, what are your thoughts? What’s your favorite track? READ MORE
Katatonia has unveiled two iTunes pre-order options for their upcoming album Dead End Kings (review), a standard edition and a deluxe edition, which comes with a bonus track and a digital booklet. There are also multiple physical packages available for pre-order at OMerch.
Katatonia will also be co-headlining on the “Epic Kings & Idols” tour with Devin Townsend Project. Support will come from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. VIP ticket packages can be ordered here. A tour promo video and full tour schedule is below. READ MORE
In October of 2009, I became a contributor to Bloody-Disgusting Music. I submitted two album reviews, one being Rammstein‘s Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da and the other being Katatonia‘s Night Is The New Day. So, in a strange way, being given to opportunity to review Katatonia’s newest effort, Dead End Kings, is, in a way, a full circle journey.
But it’s more than that. One of Katatonia’s earlier albums, Viva Emptiness, was an album that shaped my view of metal, molding it into an understanding of how nostalgia and melancholy can be used as to make the listener feel incredibly powerful and poignant emotions.
So, with this history firmly in mind, I began my journey into Dead End Kings, apprehensive but hopeful of the musical path that was open before me. READ MORE
Stolen Babies, the avant-garde metal group, has set a digital release date of Sept. 18th and a physical release date of Oct. 16th for their upcoming album Naught. We exclusively premiered the album artwork for Naught, which you can see below.
Stolen Babies will also be touring with Devin Townsend and Katatonia on the “Epic Kings & Idols” Tour alongside Paradise Lost. All tour dates are below.
Now, I haven’t heard all of this band’s material, but I’m loving everything I have heard so far. So, yeah, I’ll be buying a copy of this album posthaste. READ MORE
Devin Townsend isn’t yet ready to hang up the Devin Townsend Project moniker just yet. Coming Sept. 18th (Sept. 24th in EU), DTP will be releasing Epicloud, the latest musical journey from one of metal’s most creative minds. The album is already known to feature guest vocals from the incredible Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) and will have 13 “hook laden, light-hearted” tracks. You can hear a sample of the song “Effervescent” as well as see the album artwork below.
Devin Townsend will also be co-headlining the “Epic Kings & Idols” tour alongside Katatonia. Support will come from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. Tour dates as well as our exclusive Stolen Babies album artwork reveal can be found here. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive album artwork premiere for Naught, the upcoming album from Stolen Babies! The artwork is deceptive, to say the least. At first glance, it seems very innocent and happy, showing a dark pink sheep in the middle of a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit Toon Town”-esque setting. But at closer inspection, things become more stranger, creating a sense of unease. The colors, while bright, have a dark tinge. The houses, seemingly happy, have a worried tilt to their eyes. And the sky, while blue and beautiful, has scratches and mars. Yup, something seems very strange in this image. You can check out the full artwork below.
The follow-up to 2006′s There Be Squabbles Ahead, Naught has a fall release date via No Comment Records.
Stolen Babies will be on the Epic Kings & Idols Tour with Devin Townsend, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost. Tour dates and artwork can be found below. READ MORE
In anticipation of their upcoming ninth studio album Dead End Kings (out Aug. 28th via Peaceville Records), Swedish melodic metal band Katatonia have released a tour promo video that uses a sample of a new song, “Lethean”, as the backdrop. The video showcases the band’s upcoming European tour dates, which sees support from Alcest and Junius (ticket information can be found here). The video can be seen below.
Katatonia will be co-headlining the Epic Kings & Idols Tour alongside Devin Townsend. Paradise Lost will be providing direct support. All information for this tour can be found here.
Personally speaking, I cannot WAIT for this album! I’ve been a fan of Katatonia for over 10 years and a new album from them is a reason for much celebration. Also, “Dead Letters” and this sample are convincing me that I might have a contender for Album of the Year. What are your thoughts? READ MORE
One of my favorite bands is Katatonia, hands down. Their heavy yet incredibly emotional and melancholic music has been something of a “go to” sound for me on many an occasion. So when they announced that they would be releasing a new album, Dead End Kings, on August 28th, I immediately perked up and got excited. After all, I still blast Night Is The New Day on a very regular basis.
Now, to whet the appetite of the fans, the band is streaming a new song entitled “Dead Letters”, which you can listen to below. I’ve already replayed it about six or seven times and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
You can also download “Dead Letters” for free here. READ MORE
Easily one of the hardest working and most eclectic musicians today, Devin Townsend is a whirlwind of musical thoughts and energy. Each release of his is something out of this world, an auditory journey that never reveals the ending until the last notes fade away. Basically, I’m a huge fan.
In anticipation of the release of By A Thread: Live In London, two more video clips have popped up. The first is “Awake” from the Addicted album. Guest singer Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) was at the show and the combination of her and Devin’s vocals are unbelievable. The second video is the title track from the Ghost album. Both are below for your viewing pleasure.
By A Thread: Live In London came out today and is available for order here. Devin Townsend will also be co-headlining the “Epic Kings & Idols” Tour with Katatonia. Support comes from Paradise Lost. Check out the tour dates below. READ MORE
What is with amazing tours not having the decency to stop in my neck of the woods? Yesterday it was the Kansas/King’s X tour that got my hopes up before crushing them entirely. Today it has been announced that Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia will be headlining the “Epic Kings And Idols” tour, which sees support coming from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. DTP and Katatonia will alternate headlining each show.
DTP will be touring in support of their upcoming album Epicloud (no official release date announced) while Katatonia will be supporting their upcoming album Dead End Kings (coming out Aug. 28th). This tour also sees Paradise Lost back in the States after a five-year hiatus.
You can see all the tour dates below (No Detroit date means I’m weeping as I write this). READ MORE
Swedish melodic metal band Katatonia has revealed details for their upcoming album, titled Dead End Kings, on their Facebook. The album is set for release on August 27th in Europe and August 28th in the US. The band has also released which tracks will be on the album although the final track list is not confirmed. One of the songs, “The One You Are Looking For is Not Here”, features Silje Wergeland, current singer of The Gathering. This album also marks the debut recording of guitar Per Erikkson and bassist Niklas Sandin. Frank Default will once again be tackling atmospherics and sampling.
Singer Jonas Renske states, “Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden with pride. That’s what we are doing, twenty years and counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are creating, in our own disturbing faith”.
Guitarist Anders Nystrom adds, “This album has doors revolving into many different genres of music but remain disguised within the Katatonia trademark. We have walked the fine line between attempting not to repeat ourselves but also not to distance us away from what people know and love. We’re now ready to hand over the evidence and whatever the direction this has taken is now for you to decide. We’re confident the creativity and passion on this album is something that will be echoing even beyond the dead end”.
You can see the album artwork and track listing below. Also, make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Anders and Per from October 2010 here. READ MORE
For the past few weeks, Swedish melodic metal band Katatonia have been posting studio updates for their new as-of-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to 2009′s fantastic Night Is The New Day. Well, earlier today, they updated their Facebook cover photo to the image you see above, suggesting that the new album has a tentative release date for this September. If this is true, consider me super excited. I still blast NITND in my car and have been a fan of the band since Viva Emptiness. Any new Katatonia music is always a good thing in my eyes.
Last year was the first time I was able to see (and interview) one of my all time favorite bands, Katatonia. Imagine my pant-tightening pleasure when I saw that they would be opening up this year for yet another favorite of mine, Opeth. This easily ranks as my most anticipated tour this year, hands down.
Well, Katatonia is not one to sit around on off days just twiddling their thumbs. Rather, they have announced several headline shows during the tour. Check after the jump for a message from guitarist Anders Nystrom as well as the full touring schedule.
Opeth have announced a full N. American tour starting this fall with Katatonia tapped as direct support! Talk about news that makes my pants tight! This tour will be in support of Opeth‘s new album, Heritage, which comes out Sept. 20th. You can check out the tour dates after the jump.
Bloodbath‘s live DVD, ‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock‘, is coming out next week. To hype up the release, they have released a clip of one of their biggest songs, ‘Eaten‘, which you can check after the jump (including a Radio Disney version, no joke).
One of my favorite death metal bands is the supergroup Bloodbath. Seriously, with members of Opeth and Katatonia, how can you go wrong? Their 2008 release, ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ is an album I still spin regularly when I want to scare the neighbors. So, imagine my joy when I got news that a live DVD, ‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock’, is going to be coming out on April 25th. The DVD is said to include their full performance at Bloodstock 2010, bonus footage from a 2008 performance, band member interviews and a 16-page booklet.
And so we finally come to the headliner of the Night Over North America tour: Katatonia! Earlier, we posted an interview with Mikko and Kai of Swallow The Sun as well as one with Yossi of Orphaned Land. Today, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Anders Nyström and Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson of Katatonia! We discuss how the Night Over North America tour was going, the status on a new Katatonia album and, of course, their love of horror (which is very high up there!). Check after the jump for the exclusive video interview!
Yesterday, I posted an exclusive interview with Mikko and Kai of Swallow The Sun that was taken during the Night Over North America Tour, with tour partners Orphaned Land and Katatonia. That day, I also had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Yossi Sa’aron of Orphaned Land, who I had the privilege of interviewing almost a year ago while visiting in Israel. We tackled such topics as their opening for Metallica earlier this year, how the tour is going and, most importantly, how the past several months of Middle East news has affected Orphaned Land during their touring, including an incident in France where their tour bus had a swastika drawn onto it. Check after the jump for the exclusive video interview!
You can find out more about Orphaned Land at their Official Website
! You can also check out our review of their latest album, ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’ HERE
It only seemed fitting that as I drove to a doom/death metal show, headlined by Katatonia, Orphaned Land and Swallow The Sun, that I should drive through some of the more run down areas of Detroit. Crumbling buildings, burnt shells of houses, stores with thick metal fences covering the windows, and people walking the streets with hopeless looks in their eyes. It was a precursor to the emotional undercurrent of the music that I was to hear that night.
After the jump, you can watch an exclusive interview with Mikko Kotamäki and Kai Hahto from Finnish melodic doom metal band Swallow The Sun, where we discuss upcoming plans for Swallow The Sun, Mikko’s other band Barren Earth as well as Kai’s other band Wintersun, their love of horror, especially Twin Peaks, and other assorted topics.
Following a slew of sold out headlining shows on their first North American tour in over three years, Sweden’s heavyweight progressive metal act, Katatonia, hit their first major bump in the road over the weekend when the band realized they had two guitars, straps, and wireless transmitters stolen from them at their stop in St. Paul on Saturday.
The band issued the following statement…
“Unfortunately tonight’s gig reached an all time low. Two of our guitars got stolen (including our straps with wireless transmitters), obviously causing performance difficulties, frustration and anger. Then against all odds, further technical problems kept on coming down one after another during the show. Apologies goes out to our fans in Minnesota for having to go through this.”
The stolen Mayones guitars were to be the grand prize in two Katatonia giveaways that were launched in celebration of the otherwise extremely successful headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour. Fans are encouraged to check Craigslist, Ebay, local pawnshops, etc. for the missing guitars, and report any suspicious activity to the band.
Katatonia, Sweden’s premiere progressive metal outfit, has launched two special contest giveaways in celebration of their headlining US tour, the “Night Over North America” tour, which is set to kick off today in Baltimore. Head over to MetalSucks.net and enter for a chance to win a grand prize of a Mayones Guitar played and autographed by Katatonia from their US tour, as well as the tour edition of Night Is The New Day, a Mayones Guitar t-shirt, plus a choice of a t-shirt from Katatonia’s merch store
powered by Omerch. A runner-up will get the new CD and their choice of t-shirt as well. Check out HERE
for all the details.
Katatonia is also offering fans that purchase a VIP ticket for an upcoming “Night Over North America” date on EnterTheVault.com
the chance to win a Peavey Millennium BXP 5-string bass guitar. This contest is open to all VIP ticket buyers, including those who purchased a VIP ticket prior to this announcement. All VIP ticket holders will be admitted into the venue before the doors open for a special meet-and-greet with the band, and everyone who purchases a VIP ticket will be automatically entered to win the bass guitar. It’s a win-win situation; so get your VIP ticket today before it’s too late!
Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land will round out the tour’s impressive package, as they accompany Katatonia on their first tour of North America since 2007.