Swedish masters of melancholic metal KATATONIA have released the third and final single, “Birds”, off of their upcoming, highly anticipated twelfth record, “Sky Void of Stars”. The quick and energetic sound of this brand new track once again shows off KATATONIA’s explosive potential and their genre-bending style, carried by Renkse’s longing vocals. Alongside the single, KATATONIA present an atmospheric performance music video that harnesses the song’s energy and desolate power.
Since their foundation in 1991, KATATONIA have experimented with several different genres, slowly progressing from their roots in doom and death metal, while adding post-rock and progressive elements to develop their very own impressively versatile, unique style.
After their one-year hiatus in 2018, the band surprised fans with the outstanding 2020 album, “City Burials”, a powerful combination of progressive rock and metal which stormed the European charts (e.g. peaking at #6 on the official German charts). Three years after their critically acclaimed comeback record, KATATONIA will deliver another hauntingly beautiful album with the poetic masterpiece “Sky Void of Stars”.
Jonas Renkse on “Birds”: “The pulse of dereliction. The insatiable need to expire. Here come the birds.”
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