On March 31, Katatonia will be releasing a concert CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Sanctitude, recorded live at London’s Union Chapel, is an acoustic tour that was undertaken in support of 2013’s Dethroned and Uncrowned album, which is a reworking of their 2012 album Dead End Kings (got all that?). Their “Unplugged & Reworked” tour found them performing stripped-down versions of songs from that album and their entire career. They were joined on guitar and vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman Bruce Soord, and the show closer “The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here” features a guest appearance from The Gathering’s Silje Wergeland. So basically, if you’re expecting the heaviness of Katatonia’s earlier albums, you won’t find it on Sanctitude. The band have released a version of “Day,” a song that dates back to their 1996 sophomore album Brave Murder Day.
Here’s what Anders Nystrom says about the track:
“Day… something you wake up to, or at least have to pull through, over and over. Most of them you forget about, but a couple you maybe look back upon and wish to relive again.“Unfortunately in reality, I’m afraid that’s not possible, at least not until Apple buys NASA and releases a new version of their Time Capsule backup machine and send people into the cloud and back into history to fetch an older version of their lives, but luckily for us, there’s a current control of our music that doesn’t need time travel.“We have always felt that if there’s a need, we’re entitled to the freedom to give our old songs a makeover in the now rather than the never. So, in the making of ‘Sanctitude’ there was one song in particular that meant a great deal to us. In fact, it was our first song ever to feature entirely clean vocals accompanied by clean guitars and it was written and released right in the peak of our death metal years.“The song stood out, but isolated itself into oblivion in the climate of heavier music. Therefore we wanted this song to get a second chance, to be re-discovered. Even 20 years later when performing it live for the first time, it appears the parks are still grey and look the same…”
Here’s the track listing of Sanctitude, which will be released on March 31:
In The White
A Darkness Coming
One Year From Now
The Racing Heart
The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)
Sanctitude can be preordered here.