Seeing Katatonia is one of those types of experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The first time I saw them was in 2010 in a very small venue when they headlined and had support from Swallow the Sun and Orphaned Land. It was a bit strange to be seeing this band in such a small bar venue but they pulled it off with a fantastic sound. Seeing them again the next year this time they played at a much bigger venue and with Opeth. With this show I saw Katatonia really shine on stage and were able to get a full sound that a small venue could not give them. Last year I saw them co-headline with The Devin Townsend Project and with support from Paradise Lost. With this show we saw a longer set and again a fantastic performance from them.
On Thursday May 23rd I again saw Katatonia supporting Opeth at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, AZ. In reality the show went off without a hitch as Katatonia performed with a fantastic setlist. Songs like Soil’s Song and The Day and the Shade were present. They played a few off of their newest release Dead End Kings like Dead Letters and Lethean and some older ones like Burn the Remembrance off of Viva Emptiness. In reality they played a setlist with no real surprise except maybe for Burn the Remembrance. The sound of Katatonia was fantastic and they were really no screw ups except one little part when the guitars cut out. Another interesting thing was the exclusion of amps on stage. This idea of playing on the PA can be both good and bad as plugging straight through the PA can be detrimental to the guitar tone but they pulled it off well and everything sounded clear.
The Age of Metal had a chance to speak with drummer Daniel Liljekvist and guitarist Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström on their show at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, AZ. We talked about the tour, any antics with Opeth between shows, dark music, the release of an “acoustic” version of Dead End Kings, and much more. Check out our video interview below!