KATATONIA’s JONAS RENKSE On Coming Back From Hiatus: “We May Have A Few More Albums In Us”

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Katatonia has been on a roll in recent years with new albums like City Burials and Sky Void Of Stars. Though the band came to a brief halt in 2018 and they weren’t sure if they’d continue.

In an interview with Blabbermouth, vocalist Jonas Renkse explains that injury and burnout were two of the main reasons behind the hiatus. He also touches on the fact that Katatonia has some more touring to do and that “There’s still plenty of good music to come. We may have a few more albums in us as well.”

And frankly, the world of metal would be a noticeable emptier place without Katatonia. So here’s hoping “a few more albums” is a good amount.

“We needed a little bit of time to re-evaluate. Our guitar player, Roger [Öjersson], had an accident where he hurt his back. He wasn’t going to come back to the stage anytime soon. We thought to cancel the remainder of our gigs and go on a hiatus to see if this was still what we wanted to do. We were a little burnt out.

“We ended the world tour for The Fall Of Hearts. We had been touring for two years. Not constantly, but there were a lot of gigs and traveling. Sometimes you get tired of it. We concluded later on that we still wanted to do it. I’m happy we made that decision. There’s still plenty of good music to come. We may have a few more albums in us as well.

“It feels good to be doing the band again, especially after the pandemic. We’re trying to stay busy now and enjoy the ride. Having a new album is always a treat. It’s a very exciting time. We have more touring lined up. It’s where we want to be.”

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