KATATONIA MARRY CONTEMPORARY WITH VINTAGE

Swedish misery-merchants Katatonia will commence recording of their new album next week.

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The doom rockers have written 13 new songs, and will start tracking drums on Monday.

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They are working again with David Castillo, who engineered and mixed 2009’s ‘Night is the New Day’, and will record between Ghostward Studio and their own HQ.
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The band stated:
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“So, what does the material sound like? Well, you got the lush textures, the moody melodies, the heavy parts, the progressive touches, the mellow bits and so on… Is it metal? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it singer/songwriter? Actually at times it feels like we’re exploring territories where Katatonia would be an orphan in the land of ‘genres.’ We can’t tell where and to whom we belong and the goal is that it doesn’t even matter, because before and above any genre there’s first an acceptance level of music being good, or being bad. Katatonia might be bad people, but we create good music. Amen.”

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Katatonia are also working again with ‘keyboard maestro extraordinaire’ Frank Default, but are quick to dismiss “internet speculation” regarding a more electronic-leaning sound:

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“Frank’s not to ‘blame’ for the increased use of electronics since the last album. That part has been called for as we simply feel that it has grown to fill a hole in our sound inside, or alongside, the classic formation of instruments. In our world, we allow mellotrones, Hammonds, rhodes and strings to integrate with loops, distortion and filters to manifest in the katatonic maelstrom. It’s our time to marry contemporary with vintage. Here’s our ninth album to be delivered!”

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Katatonia’s May 2011 show at London’s Koko was professionally filmed and recorded for a future DVD release.

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