KATATONIA Guitars Stolen In Minnesota

September 20, 2010

Sweden's KATATONIA has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately [Saturday night's] gig [at Station 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota] reached an all-time low. Two of our guitars got stolen (including the straps and the wireless transmitters),obviously causing performance difficulties, frustration and anger. Then, against all odds, further technical problems kept on coming down one after another during the show.

"Apologies go out to our fans in Minnesota for having to go through this."

The band added, "We just wanna encourage everybody already to help us keep an eye out for the guitars on pawn shops, Craigslist, eBay, etc. etc., and let us know immediately if they show up.

"Pictures of the Mayones guitars can be seen in the giveaway competition ad [below]. Yes, that's right, the thief/thieves actually stole the guitars we were gonna give to you, our fans, at the end of this tour."

Fan-filmed video footage of KATATONIA's September 15, 2010 headlining performance in Detroit, Michigan can be viewed below.

KATATONIA kicked off its North American tour — dubbed "Night Over North America" — on September 8 in Baltimore, Maryland. To coincide with the 26-date U.S. and Canadian trek, Peaceville Records released a special edition of the band's acclaimed 2009 studio album, "Night Is The New Day", in a hardback mediabook, featuring a 20-page booklet and bonus track, "Ashen".

The special edition of "Night Is The New Day" was made available on August 24.

"Night Is The New Day" special edition track listing:

01. Forsaker
02. The Longest Year
03. Idle Blood
04. Onward Into Battle
05. Liberation
06. The Promise Of Deceit
07. Nephilim
08. New Night
09. Inheritance
10. Day and Then The Shade
11. Ashen (exclusive bonus track)
12. Departer

Support on KATATONIA's North American tour is coming from Finland's SWALLOW THE SUN and Israel's ORPHANED LAND.

KATATONIA released a new EP, "The Longest Year", on March 15 via Peaceville Records.

In addition to the album cut "The Longest Year", the EP features the previously unreleased song "Sold Heart", "Day And Then The Shade" (remix),and an alternative version of "Idle Blood". The enhanced EP also features the videos for both "The Longest Year" and "Day And Then The Shade", directed by Lasse Hoile (PORCUPINE TREE, OPETH).

Fredrik "North" Norrman (guitar) and Mattias "Kryptan" Norrman (bass) left KATATONIA in December and were temporarily replaced by Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson (BLOODBATH) and Niklas "Nille" Sandin, respectively.

"Night Is The New Day" sold more than 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

(Thanks: fireangel / Night Elves)

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