With eleven full-length records under their belts, Swedish melancholic metal unit KATATONIA don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Yet, it comes as no surprise that the outfit is about to impressively solidify their unique stance in the world of metal and beyond once more with their 12th album, the hauntingly beautiful “Sky Void of Stars”.
Today, the unit unveils the second single and ‘“Sky Void of Stars” album opener “Austerity”, along with a visually palpable video. The heartfelt offering crashes through the dark with memorable, mind-bending rhythms as it shifts with elaborate guitar riffs that perfectly showcase the musical expertise and experience of the band. Topped off by the dark, conjuring voice of Jonas Renkse and mesmerizing lyricism, the gloomy mood for the album is set. The song is now available via all digital service providers worldwide. Watch the video below.
KATATONIA says about “Austerity”: “We hereby present you our new single and the opening track of ‘Sky Void of Stars’ – ‘Austerity’. Energetic and dark, stern and disenchanted. Enjoy.”
KATATONIA says about the album: “Our 12th album, ‘Sky Void of Stars‘ is a dynamic journey through vibrant darkness. Born out of yearning for what was lost and not found, the very peripheries of the unreachable, but composed and condensed into human form and presented as sounds and words true to the KATATONIA signum. No stars here, just violent rain.”
Emerging from the gloom, KATATONIA is a beacon of light – breathing their unique, never stagnant, atmospheric sound through this new 11-track offering, all written and composed by vocalist Jonas Renkse. Album opener “Austerity” provides a courting introduction to the album. Crashing through the dark, it convinces with memorable, mind-bending rhythms as it shifts with elaborate guitar riffs that perfectly showcase the musical expertise and experience of the band.
Topped off by the dark, conjuring voice of Renkse and mesmerizing lyricism, the gloomy mood for the album is set. Songs like down- tempo “Opaline” and moody “Drab Moon” fully embrace their melancholic sound while fragile “Impermanence” is accented by the original doom metal roots of KATATONIA. Like a dark star, these pieces relume the dreariness, creating an ambient auditory experience with memorable hooks while still inducing the crashing sounds of hard guitar riffs and pounding drums. The experimental mastery of the quintet and their atmospheric approach is purely vivid, making this album a thrilling sensation. With “Birds”, the artists show off their explosive potential with a quick and energetic sound, proving their genre-defying style.
KATATONIA is one of a kind in a state of perpetual evolution. Significantly shaping the genre while still staying true to their own musical values, they orbit the musical universe – leaving their imprints on the scene. Projecting their sound to the endless realms, “Sky Void of Stars” shines bright in metal and beyond.
“Sky Void of Stars” Track List:
- Colossal Shade
- Drab Moon
- Impermanence (feat. Joel Ekelöf)
- No Beacon to Illuminate Our Fall
- Absconder (Bonus Track)
“Sky Void of Stars” is now available for pre-order in the following configurations:
* Ltd. Deluxe Wooden Box (incl. Mediabook + Digipack Atmos Mix BluRay + Crow Pendant + Star Chart Artprint + Pin) – Napalm Records exclusive
* Die Hard Edition 2LP Gatefold Ink Spot / FOREST GREEN (incl. Slipmat, Patch, 12 pages poster) – Napalm Records exclusive
* 2LP Gatefold DARK GREEN – Napalm Records exclusive
* 2LP Gatefold MARBLED TRANSPARENT/DARK GREEN – OMerch exclusive
* 2LP Gatefold MARBLED CRYSTAL CLEAR/BLACK – OMerch exclusive
* 2LP Gatefold BLACK
* 1CD Ltd Mediabook (incl. Bonus Track)
* 1CD Jewelcase
* Digital Album