Swedish melancholic melodic metal band Katatonia are preparing for the March 31st release of Sanctitude, their new live DVD/Blu-Ray. The concert was filmed and recorded in the stunning, candle-lit setting of London’s Union Chapel during their May 2014 ‘Unplugged & Reworked’ tour. The event saw the band play tracks from their Dethroned & Uncrowned album as well as stripped down acoustic version of songs from much of the discography. The concert also saw guest vocals and guitars from The Pineapple Thief mainman Bruce Soord as well as a guest appearance from The Gathering‘s Silje Wergeland.
In anticipation of this release, the band has premiered a video for their new take on their classic track “Day”, which originally appeared on Brave Murder Day.
Guitarist Anders Nystrom comments:
Day… something you wake up to, or at least have to pull through, over and over. Most of them you forget about, but a couple you maybe look back upon and wish to relive again.
Unfortunately in reality, I’m afraid that’s not possible, at least not until Apple buys NASA and releases a new version of their Time Capsule backup machine and send people into the cloud and back into history to fetch an older version of their lives, but luckily for us, there’s a current control of our music that doesn’t need time travel.
We have always felt that if there’s a need, we’re entitled to the freedom to give our old songs a makeover in the now rather than the never. So, in the making of ‘Sanctitude’ there was one song in particular that meant a great deal to us. In fact, it was our first song ever to feature entirely clean vocals accompanied by clean guitars and it was written and released right in the peak of our death metal years.
The song stood out, but isolated itself into oblivion in the climate of heavier music. Therefore we wanted this song to get a second chance, to be re-discovered. Even 20 years later when performing it live for the first time, it appears the parks are still grey and look the same…”
You can watch the video below.
Sanctitude will be released in four formats:
1) Blu-ray DVD in 5.1 surround sound plus ‘Beyond The Chapel’ documentary including brand new interviews with Anders Nystrom & Jonas Renkse.
2) CD/DVD package – audio / visual set including ‘Beyond the Chapel’ documentary.
3) Double LP (incl. download code)
4) Digital download (audio)