ARTmania Festival Sibiu

ARTmania Festival Sibiu opens a new page in the history of rock events and confirms for the first time in the Large Square of Sibiu Katatonia on Friday and Pain Of Salvation on Saturday, during 29 and 30 July 2016.

Katatonia comes back in Romania, playing for the first time at ARTmania Festival, Friday, July 29. Their 10th studio album, entitled ’The Fall Of Hearts’, is set for release on the 20th of May 2016. “This album is probably everything we unknowlingly ever dreamed of to release. It’s a bleak but adventurous journey through our elements, we haven’t held back, we have pushed to get forward and backward in the ever spiralling night of our musical legacy.”

“The Fall Of Hearts” was recorded in Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. This is the first record to feature new drummer Daniel ’Mojjo’ Moilanen and recently recruited guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat), who came in just in time to sprinkle some blistering solos on the album.

It’s been five years since Pain Of Salvation’s last concert in Romania and the band is pleased to see once again their fans on July 30th, in the Large Square of Sibiu. Their sound is characterised by powerful, accentuated guitar work, broad vocal range, abrupt switching between heavy and calm passages, intense syncopation, and polyrhythmic experimentation.

Another trademark of the band is that each album is a concept album. Some of the topics addressed in the band’s albums include war and its effect on family and humanity, environmental issues, such as nuclear power, the forming of the individual, and the nature of God, humankind, and existence.

Since 2015, Pain Of Salvation have started working on their new material release, which will be a concept album that goes back to the band’s harder and heavier roots of the early 2000’s. Daniel Gildenlöw stated: “We have a few gigs on the horizon, but in all honesty, our true focus is on the next studio album right now. We have very creative writing sessions, and we can’t wait for the fans to hear the new material! You’ll see a hungry and strong Pain of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form, musically. Still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band ever since the first album.”

At the same time as new material is being elaborated, Pain of Salvation are also wrapping up work on some special live and DVD recordings, which will see the light of day in 2016.