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In 2013, Katatonia nearly ended me. After they released one of the best albums of their career in 2012, they decided to re-work the tracks on it into an unplugged version and release Dethroned & Uncrowned. The end result was one of the most touching and emotional albums I’ve ever heard until and since then. Beautifully somber, relentlessly lost, it was a masterful rendition of an already near-perfect album. In 2014, the band took to the stage to perform these tracks and other re-worked versions of songs from their career.

The height of that tour was the show at the Union Chapel venue in London. Featuring haunting acoustics and a funereal aesthetic, this is one of the most unique venues in Europe. Now, the band are set to release the Sanctitude DVD which will include the full show from that night and a 60 minute documentary about the tour and band. Head on over the jump for the teaser!

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A Swarm Of The Sun – The Rifts

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Clichés are important parts of language: they carry an inherent truth, something so right that it was repeated enough times to become commonplace. We should certainly take them with a grain of salt but we would also be mistaken to completely disregard them. So, readers, allow me a cliche: sometimes, less is more. This idiom becomes powerful when it allows us to understand something better. This is exactly the case with A Swarm of the Sun‘s latest release, The Rifts. Somber in disposition, modest in execution, terrifying in penetrating power, this album is the epitome of that turn of phrase: less is, sometimes, more.

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Junius are one of those bands that have found a perfect blend between beautifully sung vocals and doom. Like a more ethereal Katatonia, if you will. The band have not released a full length in a few years, and dropped a killer EP last year, much to my heart’s content. So I was stoked to find out that Junius is reissuing their debut EP on vinyl, as well as remastering it and streaming it for all to hear! Jam the stream below: View Full Article »

hype-2015

We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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mark-holcomb-really-titleThe members of Periphery are just back from of Japan. So while he was travelling what was guitarist Mark Holcomb (really) listening to? The answer after the break.

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Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath stirred up a bit of buzz last week when it was announced that Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost would be assuming vocal duties for the band on Grand Morbid Funeral, their upcoming fourth studio album. This was largely due to the fact that Holmes’ main project has not released an album that is sonically similar to Bloodbath in a considerable amount of time. (Digression - It is worth noting, however, that Bloodbath‘s previous vocalist was Mikael Åkerfeldt, who belongs to a somewhat well-known band that is also fairly dissimilar to Bloodbath‘s sound. Furthermore, the bands also has representation from Katatonia, yet another band that differs in musical direction. – /End Digression)

Wary listeners now have the opportunity to judge Holmes’ performance themselves, as the band have released the track “Unite in Pain” from Grand Morbid Funeral, along with the album’s tracklist. Check all of that out after the jump!

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katatonia drummer

It’s no secret that more often than not, being a member of a relatively successful and celebrated band often isn’t enough to pay the bills, let alone support of a family. With this in mind, it’s no wonder why bands like In Flames and All That Remains have become more commercial — death metal’s cool and all, but it won’t put food on the table like a catchy radio-friendly song will. We’re fascinated with the often “boring” 9-5 grind that many metalheads have to go through to be able to support their passions, and we bring it up in interviews all the time.

At the end of the day, music, merch, and ticket sales split five ways simply doesn’t make ends meet for many bands. Evidently Katatonia is one such band, and their situation has put drummer Daniel Liljekvist in a position where he has to choose either his art or providing for his family. This isn’t exactly a tough choice to make — when it comes down to it, making sure your kids come home to a house with proper food and utilities supersedes all — but it’s a harsh reality to accept. Liljekvist has left the band in order “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”

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Good news, everyone! Up and coming progressive metal giants Gods of Eden (whom we posted about just yesterday) have confirmed via Facebook that they will be working with legendary producer/mixer/recording engineer/god among us Jens Bogren!

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katatonia tour 2013

This prog metal dream tour was too good to pass up. Melancholic rockers Katatonia recently hit up North America for a run of headlining dates featuring Cult of Luna, Intronaut, and Tesseract. The trek hit the Theater Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on its third stop, and resident photographer Maclyn Bean was able to attend and capture the show. Check out the photo galleries below.

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katatonia dethroned

Recently, melancholic rockers Katatonia successfully crowdfunded a new album, Dethroned & Uncrowned, a re-imagining of last year’s Dead End Kings. The band sought to rework the songs across Dead End Kings to make them more atmospheric and stripped down, with emphasis on ambiance and acoustic instruments. On paper, this idea seemed wonderful, as the band’s sound could easily make the leap towards somber minimalism. In exhibition though… it works so much better than I thought.

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