Katatonia swoop in with new single Birds - watch the video here!

Katatonia
(Image credit: Mathias Blom)

Katatonia have shared the third and final single from Sky Void Of Stars – out via Napalm on January 20. Watch the performance video for Birds below.

Says vocalist Jonas Renkse of this latest track: ”The pulse of dereliction. The insatiable need to expire. Here come the birds.” 

The band's 12th album, which follows on from 2020's City Burials, takes a lighter and more atmospheric approach compared to its heavier predecessors. I

"Sky Void of Stars is a dynamic journey through vibrant darkness," says Renkse. "Born out of yearning for what was lost and not found, the very peripheries of the unreachable, but composed and condensed into human form and presented as sounds and words true to the Katatonia signum. No stars here, just violent rain.”

In addition to standard CD and digital formats, the record is also available to pre-order (opens in new tab) as a limited edition deluxe wooden box containing an additional Atmos mix on Blu-ray, a crow pendant, star chart artprint and matching pin. A limited run of coloured vinyl and a Mediabook with bonus track are also available.

Katatonia closed 2022 with a tour of North America. Fans in the UK and Europe will be able to catch the Swedish dark prog rockers live with Sólstafir and SOM in 2023 – scroll down for the full list of European and UK shows announced so far.

Katatonia 2023 UK & Europe Tour

Jan 20: Tampere Tampereen Tullikamari (Pakkahuone & Klubi), FIN
Jan 21: Helsinki Kulttuuritalo, FIN
Jan 22: Tallinn Helitehas, EST
Jan 24: Warsaw Klub Stodoła, POL
Jan 25: Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt, GER
Jan 26: Cologne Essigfabrik, GER
Jan 27: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, GER
Jan 28: Prague ROXY Prague, CZE
Jan 29: Vienna Arena Wien, AUS
Jan 31: Budapest Akvárium Klub, HUN
Feb 01: Munich Backstage Werk, GER
Feb 02: Zurich Komplex 457, SWI
Feb 03: Milan Live Club, ITA
Feb 04: Lyon Ninkasi GERLAND, FRA
Feb 06: Madrid Kapital, SPA
Feb 07: Barcelona La Salamandra, SPA
Feb 08: Toulouse Le Metronum, FRA
Feb 10: London O2 Forum Kentish Town, ENG
Feb 11: Manchester O2 Ritz Manchester, ENG
Feb 12: Bristol Marble Factory, ENG
Feb 13: Glasgow The Garage, SCO
Feb 14: Wolverhampton KK's Steel Mill, ENG
Feb 16: Frankfurt Am Main Batschkapp, GER
Feb 17: Haarlem Patronaat, NET
Feb 19: Paris Le Trianon, FRA
Feb 20: Luxembourg Rockhal, LUX
Feb 21: Antwerp Muziekcentrum Trix, BEL
Feb 22: Hamburg Gruenspan, GER
Feb 23: Copenhagen Amager Bio, DEN
Feb 24: Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall, NOR
Feb 25: Stockholm Fryshuset Arenan, SWE

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.