Katatonia - Dead End Kings


8.2 | 581 votes |
Release date: 27 August 2012
Style: Alternative rock, Gothic doom metal

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01. The Parting
02. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here [feat. Silje Wergeland]
03. Hypnone
04. The Racing Heart
05. Buildings
06. Leech
07. Ambitions
08. Undo You
09. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters
12. Second [limited edition bonus]
13. The Act Of Darkening [deluxe edition bonus]

The best Gothic Metal album of 2012

Line-up
Jonas Renkse - vocals
Anders Nyström - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Per Eriksson - guitars
Daniel Liljekvist - drums
Niklas Sandin - bass

Session musicians
JP Asplund - percussion
Frank Default - keyboards, percussion, programming

Guest musicians
Silje Wergeland - vocals

Additional info
The 2 disc 'Swedish' edition features the album on CD (plus one bonus track) and a 5.1 mix of the album on DVD-AV.

The limited deluxe edition is a 40 page 10" book with a certificate, the set contains 2 x 10" vinyl, CD with 2 bonus tracks and DVD-A/V (NTSC region 0) with 5.1 mix (DTS). This edition is limited to 2000 numbered copies.

Guest review by
Dentura
Rating:
8.6
With Katatonia's follow-up to 2009's Night Is The New Day, Dead End Kings continues the trend starting with that album, or arguably even The Great Cold Distance, and focuses on a mellow, atmospheric sound that encompasses the overall feel of the record. This direction for the band may have perhaps stemmed from lead singer Jonas Renkse having to take control over a bulk of the songwriting after guitarist Anders Nyström suffered a case of writer's block during the previous album's recording sessions; Nyström was nevertheless able to contribute to this album. While Night Is The New Day indeed succeeded with this initial goal of emphasizing atmosphere over aggression, Katatonia continued to improve upon this style for their next record, and the result is a much more united and consolidated effort.

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published 28.12.2012 | Comments (6)

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30.10.2011 - 23:24
Roro
Katatonia by the end of world
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03.11.2011 - 06:36
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
They don't need to bring back teh graowlz. They just need more cowbell.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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15.11.2011 - 04:05
Ankläger
Screw the growls, and screw the cowbell.
I'd be happy with some actual metal.

(how can graowlz be kvlt? I thought they should be br00tuhl... guess I'm totally out of the loop)
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10.06.2012 - 19:40
Rating: 9
Therapy?
I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.
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14.06.2012 - 09:18
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
I am very much looking forward to this release! I will have plenty of time to absorb it before I head up to Los Angeles on September 8 to see the songs performed live (as well as the first time I ever see the band live). It should be absolutely breathtaking.

Btw, just heard the new single, "Dead Letters", and it is a truly amazing song. This album is going to be incredible, I just know it.
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23.06.2012 - 16:28
Kenos
Account deleted
"The dead end king is here... Black wings upon his back."

(To all Katatonia's fans: brace yourselves for The Racing Heart...)
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27.06.2012 - 17:58
Waniyetu
This album is going to be astounding, I'm sure. Katatonia has had a continuous sense of growth and direction in their career and, judging from Dead Letters and how much of a masterpiece their last release was, well, needless to say, this is going to be killer too. August 28th couldn't come soon enough!
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01.07.2012 - 16:32
Rating: 10
Argônio
"Dead letters" is truly astonishing song. It gives me a good impression of the awaited album. Seems like they gonna use more prog elements.

Come faster August 27th!
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06.07.2012 - 10:48
Rating: 10
V.T.D
Written by Therapy? on 10.06.2012 at 19:40

I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.


that was Krister Linder's guest vocals on Departer
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06.07.2012 - 14:35
Rating: 9
Therapy?
Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 10:48

Written by Therapy? on 10.06.2012 at 19:40

I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.


that was Krister Linder's guest vocals on Departer


Huh... really? I didn't know that, thanks
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06.07.2012 - 15:10
Rating: 10
V.T.D
Written by Therapy? on 06.07.2012 at 14:35

Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 10:48

Written by Therapy? on 10.06.2012 at 19:40

I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.


that was Krister Linder's guest vocals on Departer


Huh... really? I didn't know that, thanks


I thought it was Jonas at first but then I checked the booklet
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06.07.2012 - 15:28
Rating: 9
Therapy?
Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 15:10

Written by Therapy? on 06.07.2012 at 14:35

Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 10:48

Written by Therapy? on 10.06.2012 at 19:40

I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.


that was Krister Linder's guest vocals on Departer


Huh... really? I didn't know that, thanks


I thought it was Jonas at first but then I checked the booklet


Well, they do sound pretty similar I still like it though. And I can't wait for this new album!
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07.07.2012 - 00:20
Rating: 10
V.T.D
Written by Therapy? on 06.07.2012 at 15:28

Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 15:10

Written by Therapy? on 06.07.2012 at 14:35

Written by V.T.D on 06.07.2012 at 10:48

Written by Therapy? on 10.06.2012 at 19:40

I really liked NItND, so I am really looking forward to this release. What I really hope is more heavy awesomeness combined with thrilling, atmospherical parts like I found in "Departer" especially the part from 2:50 to 3:10. I'm hoping Jonas will experience a bit more with his voice like that. I really liked it.


that was Krister Linder's guest vocals on Departer


Huh... really? I didn't know that, thanks


I thought it was Jonas at first but then I checked the booklet


Well, they do sound pretty similar I still like it though. And I can't wait for this new album!


you are right they do
oh yeah me too can't wait anymore!
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07.07.2012 - 19:03
Night Sight
I am eager to hear that
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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07.07.2012 - 20:27
Taboo
Dead Letters got me excited for this
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08.07.2012 - 00:06
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
Damn I want this nowwww!
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28.07.2012 - 19:11
Rating: 9
MetalSpider


The song Lethean. Sounds amazing! Even better than Dead Letters! I don't think the song has been officially released yet, but someone has posted the song on Youtube nonetheless.
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03.08.2012 - 06:41
SyntheticBreed
BEST NEW TRACK YET, BEHOLD: BUILDINGS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7ynfy9Kq-0
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07.08.2012 - 23:04
Bleak_Advent
Looking forward to this album.
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09.08.2012 - 20:45
Diksy
They will not disappoint
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09.08.2012 - 21:09
BlueMobius
Account deleted
Eh, what I've heard so far sounds like more of the same. This band is way overrated and sounds like Breaking Benjamin copycats.
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09.08.2012 - 22:08
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 09.08.2012 at 21:09
sounds like Breaking Benjamin copycats.


Hahahahahahahaha
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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15.08.2012 - 01:54
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
The album has leaked for those of you interested.
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15.08.2012 - 01:54
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
Written by Guest on 09.08.2012 at 21:09

Eh, what I've heard so far sounds like more of the same. This band is way overrated and sounds like Breaking Benjamin copycats.


Hmmm....guess I should start listening to Breaking Benjamin than!!!!!!
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15.08.2012 - 02:59
SyntheticBreed
Great album. Best song is The Racing Heart, what an ending! Also loved The Parting, Undo You, Buildings, First Prayer, and Lethean. Worst 2 songs are Dead Letters and The One You are Looking For is Not Here.
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15.08.2012 - 18:25
Diksy
Just heard the album. As I said before, they won't disappoint and they didn't. It's an awesome album.. at least I like it, much.
Almost same as the guy who commented before, I liked The Parting, Lethean, First Prayer, Ambitions, Hypnone, and Buildings too. Also, I don't think "The One You Are Looking For is Not Here" is so bad.
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18.08.2012 - 16:26
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Glad they stuck with NITND direction. I am not a big fan of any of their other releases. Their, I said it.
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18.08.2012 - 16:52
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
^ Booooooooooooooooooooooo!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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18.08.2012 - 17:08
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.08.2012 at 16:52

^ Booooooooooooooooooooooo!



As you of course know I toally agree with you
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18.08.2012 - 17:10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.08.2012 at 17:08
As you of course know I toally agree with you

You can never booooo enough.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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