Katatonia – Dead End Kings Review

Katatonia – Dead End Kings Review

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We’ve been waiting a while for this album. Katatonia doesn’t fail to impress.
 

“Following 2009’s inspired and acclaimed night is the new day, Dead End kings sees Katatonia conjure yet another milestone in audial melancholy and angst.” deadendkings.com
 

If you’re a big Katatonia fan like we are, you will love this album. The soundscapes are different but a distinct Katatonia sound that will drag you into your thoughts and bring on the darkness. This album is a masterpiece that you should add to your collection. A must have. After a 3 year wait, this is well worth it.
 
Here’s a brief history about the band:
 
Katatonia formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden and was brought together by long time friends, Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) and Jonas Renkse (aka Lord Seth). After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo ‘Jhva Elohim Meth’, recorded at Sweden’s Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan

Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled ‘Jhva Elohim Meth – the Revival’. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform live in concert for the first time in their career.
Check out this preview of one of the tracks, Dead Letters, off the album

Katatonia – Dead Letters (lyric video from Dead End Kings) from Peaceville Records on Vimeo.

 Katatonia – Dead End Kings

Tracklisting:
1. The Parting
2. The One You are Looking for is not Here (with Silje Wergeland)
3. Hypnone
4. The Racing Heart
5. Buildings
6. Leech
7. Ambitions
8. Undo You
9. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters
SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES BONUS TRACK

 

Released August 27th 2012

For more information on Dead End Kings, go to the album site at: deadendkings.com