February 21, 2014

Swedish dark rockers KATATONIA have released the following statement:

"It has been some time coming but guitarist Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson and KATATONIA have now mutually agreed to part ways.

"Per joined the band in 2010 as a live session player, and after some substantial touring, quickly became a steady fixture being heavily involved in the recording of KATATONIA's 2012 critically acclaimed studio album 'Dead End Kings'.

"A difference in views on the band's current operative as well as last year's decision from Per to permanently live in Barcelona have made his involvement in the band too problematic, both for him and for the remaining band members. They part ways as good friends and on a related note, his position within the death metal 'supergroup' BLOODBATH remains unchanged and he will soon join his fellow band members in the studio to record their fourth album, to be released on Peaceville Records this fall.

"KATATONIA's upcoming 'Dethroned & Uncrowned' tour will go ahead as scheduled and will see none other than Bruce Soord (THE PINEAPPLE THIEF, WISDOM OF CROWDS) as a special guest taking on guitar and vocal duties."

KATATONIA recently supported PARADISE LOST on the "Tragic Illusion" 25th-anniversary tour alongside LACUNA COIL. Concurrently, also celebrating their own 10th anniversary for their masterful sixth album "Viva Emptiness", KATATONIA performed the album in its entirety each night to make these shows even more special.

KATATONIA's North American tour, "Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour", with CULT OF LUNA plus special guests INTRONAUT and TESSERACT, commenced on September 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts and wrapped on October 7, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

"Dethroned And Uncrowned" was released on September 10, 2013 in North America to celebrate Kscope's fifth anniversary.

The album was funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign that helped make the recording possible.

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