In August 2012 Katatonia released Dead End Kings, their ninth studio album. The album was the band’s most successful to date and cemented the Swede’s position as masters of sorrowful metal.
Dead End Kings was released on the Peaceville label, the band’s home for the past 14 years. In September 2013 the band return with Dethroned and Uncrowned, their first release on Kscope, Peaceville’s sister label.
Many of the ecstatic reviews the Dead End Kings received commented on the fact that the album marked another step in the band’s journey towards a more progressive sound. Dethroned and Uncrowned allows them to explore these elements of the record further as they have reworked the album, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
“The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album. Also by pledging you are helping the bands ability to be able to tour further afield. Although the songs are the same and the track listing doesn’t change, we hope the end result is something entirely different! Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings’.”
The album will be available on double LP, download and as 2 disc (CD & DVD-AV) digibook set, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album.
2.The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
4.The Racing Heart
For more info on Dethroned and Uncrowned keep an eye on www.kscopemusic.com/katatonia
For more info on Dead End Kings: www.deadendkings.com, or for more info on Katatonia visit: www.peaceville.com/katatonia
PRAISE FOR DEAD END KINGS
“Yet again another stunning body of work from the Swedish kings of pain and sorrow.” 9/10 Metal Hammer (UK)
“This is intoxicating music from a unique band”
“Of course it’s excellent.”
“Patented sense of melodies which at its best outdo Simon & Garfunkel”
9/10 Close-Up Magazine (Sweden)
“Katatonia have mastered their craft, and never been ones to stick to conventions. A formidable album.”
9/10 Sweden Rock Magazine (Sweden)
“a truly unique sound, a perfect blend of sulking heaviness and shimmering beauty.”
“Dead End Kings is a musical opus that is a crowning achievement for a band that has consistently grown over the years. Katatonia are not just a band. They are a force that defines the very musical path that others strive to walk.”
“the Swedish act’s expertise at plumbing of melancholy in its infinite varieties remains unmatched… these guys are the masters”
“a rare combination of elegant craftsmanship and harmonic beauty”