KATATONIA: Back From Russia; Photos Available

Guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström of the Swedish metallers KATATONIA has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"So, we finally made it to mother Russia and back in one piece, or maybe we should say pieces — hard liquor, hard live action, no sleep and two birthdays going down within two days!!! We wanna thank JC-Sound guys for the arrangements and all our fans in St. Petersburg and Moscow for showing up and sharing some great memorable live action with us. As a special treat and rare happening for our Russian friends we joined our support act FOREST STREAM on stage and ended up doing 'Without God' — one of our oldest and earliest written songs. Furthermore, these gigs marked the last time we played the 'Viva Emptiness Tour' set of songs as now all of them (with the exception of a few key songs) will be exchanged and mostly given room for tracks never played before. We're also planning on arranging some of the earlier days music with only the kickass parts extracted and put together as a medley."

Check out pictures of KATATONIA's Sept. 17 performance in Moscow, Russia at Darkside.ru.

KATATONIA recently completed work on their seventh full-length album at Fascination Street studios in the outskirts of Örebro, Sweden for a tentative early 2006 release. The CD was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden.

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KATATONIA's last album, "Viva Emptiness", was released in 2003.

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