Katatonia announces new drummer Daniel “Mojjo” Moilanen

Daniel “Mojjo” Moilanen photo
Swedish master of melancholy, Katatonia, has confirmed details of its new band member, drummer Daniel “Mojjo” Moilanen.

Vocalist Jonas Renkse recalled: “We first met Mojjo back in 2009 where his band at the time, Engel, had joined up with us and Paradise Lost on a U.K. tour and we soon realized we shared the same musical background and ideals. We stayed in touch over the years and when Daniel Liljekvist quit Katatonia in 2014 we decided to give Mojjo a call. He has now been with us for well over a year, so far only as a live member, but now is the time for him to join the Katatonia album cycle and most importantly - make his own impression on our new material. We can't wait to see what this will lead to. Love him up!”...

Mojjo added: “From 1993 via 2009 to 2014, from today and onward into future battles. I am thankful, delighted and proud to take part in the next phase of Katatonia and I am looking forward to the journey being as giving as it has been for the last 22 years”.

Along with Mojjo, Katatonia has entered Stockholm's Studio Gröndahl with engineer Karl Daniel Lidén to commence the recording of its 10th album. The new album is due out in 2016 on Peaceville Records and follows up the 2012 Peaceville album “Dead End Kings”. More details on the band's new album will be released in the coming weeks and months. Fans can look forward to updates from the studio on the official Katatonia Facebook page here.

In addition, Katatonia has confirmed live shows for 2016. All announced dates, along with two Bloodbath appearances next month, can be seen below.

Katatonia is also looking for a new guitarist.

The band stated:
“We’d like to thank Tomas ’Plytet’ Åkvik for his time playing with the band as our session live guitarist. Unfortunately due to the extensive plans with the new album cycle it collides with his other commitments, so Tomas last gig with the band will be the 70000 tons of metal cruise in January.

Meanwhile, we’re already looking at a few candidates, but will also accept submissions for the guitar position through our management Northern Music Company. So apply if, and only if, you meet the following criteria:
• You are 100% into Katatonia’s current sound, but also well aware of the band’s entire history.
• You have good singing abilities and are able to perform live backing vocals.
• You are an allround guitar player with good skills to play lead/solo guitar.
• You have live experience.
• You are a fast learner.
• You are between 25-40 years old.
• You have a considerable head start if you already live in Sweden (ideally Stockholm) and speak swedish.

If you can tick off all the above, then please email: [email protected] with the subject line ”guitarist submission” and include:
• Personal description with photos.
• Musical biography/discography.
• Links to audio/videos of you playing and performing (do not attach any audio or • video in the email, only links are accepted!) - Thank you and good luck!”...

Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia.

Live Dates 2016:
2/04 - 2/08 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
4/29 - Kopervik, Norway @ Karmoygeddon Festival
6/19 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
7/03 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Festival
Katatonia with Bloodbath live dates 2015:
12/16 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
12/18 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom