KATATONIA REVEAL MORE DETAILS ON NEW GUITARIST ROGER ÖJERSSON
Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal, who this week announced details of their eagerly awaited 10th studio album, entitled The Fall of Hearts has revealed more information about new guitarist Roger Öjersson. Formerly the lead vocalist and bassist in Swedish power trio Kamchatka and currently also the guitarist in Swedish metal band Tiamat, Öjersson joined Katatonia just in time to briefly appear on parts of the new album. Roger comments:
‘I feel honored and priviledged to get to be a part of the Katatonia family. I hold these fellow musicians’ artsmanship in very high regard and I am looking forward to setting out on this journey with eager anticipation.’
Öjersson replaces Per “Sodo” Eriksson who left the band in 2014. Since that time a couple of temporary guitarists have stepped into the fold such as Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) and Tomas Åkvik (Nale, Lik), but Roger is effectively a full time member of Katatonia with his first show taking place at Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Norway next month. Anders Nyström states:
’We’re delighted to welcome our neighbour Roger, a true multi-musician extraordinaire, into our spiralling ways of darkness. Currently with this 5-piece, there’s nothing hold back or limiting Katatonia’s potential neither in the studio nor on stage. Our ever growing ambition may now begin to manifest our vision.’
The official follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Dead End Kings was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer.
The Fall of Hearts is the first record to also feature new drummer Daniel ’Mojjo’ Moilanen.
Katatonia will continue to push their musical boundaries beyond their roots in the metal scene while drawing in new fans from across the musical spectrum like peers such as Opeth and Anathema have also done, cementing Katatonia’s place as one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the world of modern heavy music.
More details of The Fall Of Hearts will be released shortly but in the meantime watch the album trailer –
Katatonia have confirmed festival appearances for 2016:
12/03/16 – Sweden, Gothenburg -Metal Town Festival
29/04/16 – Norway, Kopervik – Karmoygeddon Festival
19/06/16 –France, Clisson – Hellfest
03/07/16 – Finland, Helsinki – Tuska Festival
9-10/07/16 – Belgium, Bouckenborgh – Anterwerp Metal Festival
05/08/16 – Portugal, Corroios- Vagos Open Air Festival,
17-20/08/2016 –Germany, Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival