Sweden's KATATONIA have entered Fascination Street studio, located in the outskirts of Örebro, Sweden, to begin recording their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Peaceville Records. The band have posted the following recording update on their official web site:
"Daniel [Liljekvist] finished the drum takes two week ago on and did one helluva solid job on 14 songs all in all. He hits hard and precise so a fat and punchy sound came natural. Upon that, we took a little break and some of us got the chance to visit Sweden Rock and Hultsfred festivals and enjoy the action there.
"Earlier this week we went back and twiddled amps and checked cabs and nailed a very heavy guitar sound. Rhythm guitars for half of the material has been done so far. Now, we're taking yet another break, celebrating 'midsommarafton' — a Swedish traditional weekend and then we're doing the Estonian and Greek gigs next week. After that we'll be back to the crank and crunch."
KATATONIA's last album, "Viva Emptiness", was released in 2003.
As previously reported, The End Records recently licensed through their sub-label Infinite Vinyl series KATATONIA's "Saw You Drown" — a mini album from 1998 that collectors regard as maybe the rarest and most-wanted item in KATATONIA's discography. The vinyl version is limited to 1,000 copies, all hand-numbered. It also features an unreleased band photo, lyrics to all songs, plus personal liner notes from the band.