After losing guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson earlier this year, Katatonia face another line-up change. This time it is long-time drummer Daniel Liljekvist who is leaving the band. JP Asplund will take over on their Dethroned & Uncrowned - Unplugged & Reworked Tour next month and stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen will accompany the band on the summer festivals.

Daniel Liljekvist explained his departure: "Dear friends and fans, I've been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I've come to the sad conclusion that I have to leave the band. It's got nothing to do with 'difference in views' or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and I've decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills payed.

"I've had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I've been all over the planet with this lot... my second family. Thank you! I'm gonna miss playing with you and I'm gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I'm gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I'm not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we've come across during all the years. You probably don't know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice... This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!"





As for the band, they released this statement: "We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can't pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it, in fact this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today's 'scene/industry'. Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother - and our fans favourite long-time drummer - to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying, we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends."

"On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The Dethroned & Uncrowned - Unplugged & Reworked tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties - he was the one who actually played all original percussion on Dead End Kings/Dethroned & Uncrowned albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (ex-Engel) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. Let's welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long awaited 20th anniversary Last Fair Day Gone Night - Live At Koko DVD coming out this fall and much more..."

On April 19th, Record Store Day, Katatonia will also release Kocytean, as the band compiled some of their most rare and appreciated b-sides on a 12" vinyl (limited to 2000 copies).




Tracklist:

Side A
01. Unfurl
02. Sold Heart
03. Ashen

Side B
04. Second
05. Code Against The Code
06. The Act Of Darkening


Source: katatonia.com
Band profile: Katatonia
 
Posted: 17.04.2014 by Entropy



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RaVeN - 17.04.2014 at 13:46  
Can't say i didn't see this coming. With all the over-produced ambient and acoustic albums they've released lately and the re-releases, you hardly need a drummer in the band. Daniel's good drummer and was present on some of the best albums Katatonia's released. Wish him best of luck!
DeathSlyzer - 17.04.2014 at 15:40  
Written by RaVeN on 17.04.2014 at 13:46

Can't say i didn't see this coming. With all the over-produced ambient and acoustic albums they've released lately and the re-releases, you hardly need a drummer in the band. Daniel's good drummer and was present on some of the best albums Katatonia's released. Wish him best of luck!

Agreed. He was definitely a great drummer, and I hope he gets to show what he's good for again in future projects!
LeKiwi - 17.04.2014 at 15:58  
I really enjoyed his style, that's too bad...
Dentura - 17.04.2014 at 19:50  
I'm gonna miss him, he's my favorite drummer. I'm glad I met him at a Meet and Greet when I had the chance, he signed my copies of Viva Emptiness and Dead End Kings. I wish him the best of luck.
Opethian - 18.04.2014 at 19:24  
Wish him the best! I can't say that I blame him. Wasn't all that Happy with DEK. When I saw these guys live his drum performance was Immaculate! Killer drummer!!
Reaper_Redeamer - 19.04.2014 at 15:33  
In my opinion the best drummer in this style of doom. I will definitely miss him
tea[m]ster - 19.04.2014 at 19:04  
"Times for musicians are rough and I've decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills payed."

Unreal. One of the most popular bands around and he still doesn't make enough money? I understand the Rosetta's of the world not making dick from their records but Katatonia? Come on. Am I really that naive?
Troy Killjoy - 20.04.2014 at 06:46  
Written by tea[m]ster on 19.04.2014 at 19:04
One of the most popular bands around... Am I really that naive?

They might be popular by metal standards, but it's not like they're on the same level as your average American pop sensation. Only a few of the biggest (and usually oldest) metal bands earn a profit, unless you're one of those generic radio metal bands like Five Finger Death Punch with mainstream appeal.
INÆRIS - 20.04.2014 at 07:49  
Support the bands you like. Times are hard.
tea[m]ster - 21.04.2014 at 06:18  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.04.2014 at 06:46

They might be popular by metal standards, but it's not like they're on the same level as your average American pop sensation. Only a few of the biggest (and usually oldest) metal bands earn a profit, unless you're one of those generic radio metal bands like Five Finger Death Punch with mainstream appeal.


I know they aren't on the same level as those shoved-down-our-throats, over-sensationalized radio airplayed bumble gum metal bands but to think Katatonia doesn't make SOME kind of money is baffling.

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