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Dead End Kings

Release date: 08/28/2012

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Track Listings

1. Listen The Parting
2. Listen The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here - Featuring Silije Wergeland
3. Listen Hypnone
4. Listen The Racing Heart
5. Listen Buildings
6. Listen Leech
7. Listen Ambitions
8. Listen Undo You
9. Listen Lethean
10. Listen First Prayer
11. Listen Dead Letters

About the Album

When Sweden's Katatonia released the nearly conceptual Night Is the New Day in 2009, there was little doubt that they had nearly transcended metal -- despite the fact that they engaged in thundering heaviness at will. Dead End Kings is a further exploration of the deeply atmospheric, melodic brand of "dark rock" offered on the earlier recording, but where the former was so focused on being an album that was greater than the sum of its parts, the latter is a collection of tightly written songs that work in virtually any sequential context, making for a more compelling listen. Produced by vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström, and mixed by David Castillo, Dead End Kings offers a massive integration of sounds, textures, and architectures, organic and synthetic, ranging from lush softness to nearly bludgeoning moments of doom-laden density. A cello introduces "The Parting," the set opener. It is answered by Nyström and Per Eriksson's rumbling guitars, Daniel Liljekvist's syncopated drumming, and Niklas Sandin's thrumming bassline. It is further decorated by layers of dark aural thickness: synths, multi-tracked strings, and haunted ambiences courtesy of Frank Default. It is the door that opens into a swirling, shape-shifting universe, where sophisticated melodics underscore melancholic themes of isolation, loss, grief, death, loneliness, and existential angst -- the sadness is pervasive. Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of the Gathering adds a passionate duet vocal on "The One You Are Looking for Is Not Here." "Hypnone," with guitars at the forefront, highlighted by rolling tom-toms, adds a sinister tinge. While "The Racing Heart" is the only cut on the set that is a ballad proper -- and a lovely one, too -- "Buildings" is the only cut that could properly be called "metal." The latter features churning guitar riffs, propulsive drumming, and urgent synths, in a stop-and-start cadence that alternates with bleak melodies and near menace. The latter half of the record features tracks -- "Leech," "Ambitions," "Undo You" -- that alternate between rockist balladry and doom, yet differ from one another a great deal. The harder "Lethean" and the gloomily anthemic "First Prayer" prefigure "Dead Letters," the set's finest cut, which can properly be called "prog" (not a criticism). With its various parts, ever-shifting dynamics, and blazing instrumental interludes, it sends the set off with a nearly majestic bang. Dead End Kings is uncompromising in its musical excellence, bleak vision, and dark, hunted beauty; it extends Katatonia's reach exponentially. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
Artist: Katatonia
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.28
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
Walmart No.: 000000000
UPC: 0080105684032

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★by A Masterpiece.... If you've never listened to Katatonia, you owe it to yourself to check them out. I don't understand why they aren't more popular. They're not really metal; they haven't really been metal for a decade already. They're very accessible, and I think it speaks to this generation moreso than any other band I've ever listened to. Their songs are mostly about greed and decadence, which describes this generation perfectly. Its moody, dark, complex, yet simple to understand.Dead End Kings is probably their catchiest album yet, and easily their most accessible. Yet, its still complex.If you're a fan of the genre, the best comparison to where Katatonia went would be The Gathering's switch from Souvenirs to Home. Less complex and more accessible, yet more emotional and complex. You appreciate it the more you listen in. My first impression was "meh", mostly because how catchy the album was on initial listens. Yet, digging in, and the layers peel in. It becomes less and less comfortable every listen (only Katatonia can do this).There's really no stand-out song here. My personal favorite is Ambitions, but that's because how moody the song is. Puts you into a trance.Either way, if you see this album randomly at a Walmart and know nothing about this sort of music, pick it up! 08/30/2012
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