February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
Norwegian Black Metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records for release of their upcoming DVD “Live At The Opera”.
Mastermind Satyr comments about the story behind “Live At The Opera”:
“The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.
We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.
For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going toturn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you’re there.
This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It’s not a live album. It’s a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”
“Live At The Opera” is set to be released in Europe on May 1st and on May 5th 2015 in North America via Napalm Records. This upcoming release will contain the full performance DVD and double CD of this exclusive and very special concert by the legendary Satyricon.
Watch a preview of “Live At The Opera” below:
To celebrate their upcoming DVD release, SATYRICON will be hitting the road for an extensive European tour. Catch them live on the following dates:
21.02.2015 NOR – Bergen / Blastfest
04.04.2015 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
05.04.2015 FR – Oignies / Le Metaphone
06.04.2015 FR – Paris / La Machine
07.04.2015 UK – Manchester / Sound Control
08.04.2015 UK – London / Scala
10.04.2015 BEL – Durbuy / Durbuy Rock Festival
11.04.2015 GER – Bochum / Matrix
12.04.2015 GER – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
13.04.2015 CZ – Prag / Akropolis
15.04.2015 GER – Munich / Bachstage Halle
16.04.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7
17.04.2015 FR – Montbéliard / Impetus Festival
18.04.2015 IT – Pordenone / Deposito Giordano
19.04.2015 AT – Vienna / Szene
21.04.2015 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
22.04.2015 GER – Berlin / SO36
23.04.2015 GER – Leipzig / Werk 2
24.04.2015 GER – Hamburg / Markthalle
25.04.2015 SE – Malmö / KB
26.04.2015 SE – Stockholm / Nalen
19.06.2015 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Sweden’s Katatonia are set to release their new concert film Sanctitude on 30th March UK & RoW / 31st March USA & Canada / 3rd April Germany.
In September 2013, Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.
Katatonia took Dethroned & Uncrowned on the road in Europe for the first time in May 2014 under the moniker ‘Unplugged & Reworked’. They presented an intimate acoustic evening, performing tracks from the album alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked. Each venue, on the tour, was carefully chosen for its unique atmosphere. They were joined on guitar & vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter Bruce Soord.
Sanctitude is a concert film filmed and recorded in the stunning candle-lit setting of London’s Union Chapel. The 80 minute set features 17 songs across the albums The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness, Brave Murder Day, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and of course, Dead End Kings / Dethroned & Uncrowned, including fan favourite ‘Teargas’. The show closes with the sublime ‘The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here’ and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering.
Katatonia’s Anders Nyström comments on the release
“As a band we set out on uncharted waters but while apprehensive about the journey ahead our intentions couldn’t have been more genuine to undertake this beautiful experience. Sailing this project into harbour turned out to be bliss and has ultimately enriched all the members of Katatonia.”
All audio on Sanctitude has been mixed & mastered by Bruce Soord. With artwork once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.
1. In The White
5. A Darkness Coming
6. One Year From Now
7. The Racing Heart
8. Tonight`s Music
10. Undo You
13. Idle Blood
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)
Sanctitude is set to be released in four formats:
1. Blu-ray in 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo plus ‘Beyond The Chapel’ documentary including brand new interviews with Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Also includes download code for digital audio version.
2. CD/DVD package – audio / visual set including ‘Beyond the Chapel’ documentary.
3. Double LP (incl. download code for digital audio version).
4. Digital download (audio).