Katatonia Guitarist Talks Nixed Opeth Tour

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Remember how Opeth and Katatonia were supposed to be touring this fall?

Well, that shit ain’t happening.

Katatonia guitarist Anders Nystrom tells Metal Insider that it was “supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth’s frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.”

And I was ready to watch it. Why was the tour nixed?

“I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt,” says Anders. “He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.”

There was also talk of a new Bloodbath LP.

“We are going to make one new album. That’s part of the agenda. We’re already looking at seeing where we can fit it in schedule wise. The big obstacle is that Axe [Martin Axenrot, drummer of Opeth] is still in it. We use to say ‘Oh, Mikael is so busy, it’s hard to do Bloodbath,’ but it’s just as busy for Axe, right? So we’re trying to look at the first week he can get off Opeth. We’re just gonna try to throw him into a studio and lay down drum tracks because after the drum tracks are done, we can just work whenever we want. Just on and off, weekends here and there. So we’re gonna try to work on the album in 2013 where we have the gaps. And we’ll see… This is a thing I’m not allowed to say, but with the new singer and everything like that.”

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Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.