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Katatonia Announce “Short-Term Hiatus” While They “Re-Evaluate” the Band

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Katatonia have released the following statement:

“Following our re-scheduled dates for the Baltics and Russia in Feb/March, due to recent issues and injury, it will mark the end of the touring cycle for ‘The Fall of Hearts’ and after much deliberation we have decided that we will put Katatonia on a short-term hiatus.

“We need to take some time out to re-evaluate what the future holds for the band. Unfortunately this will affect the live dates in Norway, Germany, Spain and Poland, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

I don’t think anyone ever gets a good feeling from the word “re-evaluate,” and the general tenor of this statement will likely cause a lot of stress for Katatonia fans. Guitarist Roger Öjersson was hospitalized earlier this year for a back injury, but this clearly goes beyond that particular issue.

Still, it’s encouraging that they’re calling this a “short-term hiatus,” which suggests that they have no intention of breaking up. So, hopefully, in six months they come out of this self-induced coma and everything is fine and we all forget that this ever even happened.

[via Metal Injection]

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