Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal, have premiered the first full track from their forthcoming album ‘The Fall of Hearts‘ which is set for release on May 20th through their long-time home of Peaceville Records + Rocket Distribution in Australia.

Of the song Jonas Renkse says

A song with lush textures, distinct dynamics and a memorable chorus are the trademarks to some of the most beloved Katatonia songs. ‘Old Heart Falls’ substantiates all of those attributes, but is not by any means defining the album as a whole. There is more to come…

And of the lyric video Anders Nyström adds;

Knowing we didn’t want another ‘font circus’ with all these words and letters competing in olympic acrobatics, we decided to make it extremely simple but also very real… 30 years ago when we were active in the underground tape-trading scene, there were no computers around, so we had to write all our letters by hand, or when feeling extra motivated, we used a typewriter. I clearly remember writing letters on a typewriter with a ribbon directly to paper created a special feeling that no computer would ever emulate. So determined to bring back this feeling for a brief couple of minutes, we passed on our idea to our talented friend Lasse Hoile, who made sure this beautiful Royal typewriter served a final purpose before crawling all the way back to the start, returning to dust…

Check it out below.


The follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed ‘Dead End Kings‘ was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer.

Katatonia have spent the past four years since the release of ‘Dead End Kings‘ touring the world, as well as expanding their fanbase through two special albums on Kscope, the sister label of Peaceville.

2013 saw the release of ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned‘ which exploded the core of the songs on ‘Dead End Kings‘ creating new moods and textures.

In 2015, they released the live acoustic album and concert film, ‘Sanctitude‘.
Both releases illustrate the band’s journey toward this, their current more progressive sound.

The Fall of Hearts‘ is the first record to feature new drummer Daniel Moilanen and with the addition of their recently recruited guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat), who came in just in time to sprinkle some solos on the album.

Physical pre-orders are available locally [Here]. Digital through iTunes is [Here].