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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

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Line-up
Jonas Renkse - vocals
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Per "Sodomizer" 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
Release dates:
Finland: August 24
Europe: August 27
US: August 28

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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pisymbol - 01.09.2012 at 20:36  
 
Written by Slayer666 on 01.09.2012 at 10:18


Uh... what? I'm half-convinced you're trying to troll me, but let's pretend your not.

Your statement:
If you don't like this, you're deaf = Anyone who doesn't feel the same way about this album as I do has a major physical disability.


For the record ([pun intended), I believe anyone who enjoys post Viva should really dig Dead End Kings. I also believe its the best post Viva album to date. I most certainly recommend this album if they were familiar with the post BMD records.

Is that a tautology? No it is not.

You don't like it, fine.

However, I wish you would expound about it then random "It sucks" comments. That also deserves a "lulz."

Also you have thrown ad hominem attacks at me in pretty much all of your posts where I only insinuated you have a major physical disability. Its nice to hear (another pun) that you are not deaf.

[offers hand to shake]
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.09.2012 at 20:43  
  Why do you insist on typing Vivus? The album is called Viva Emptiness
Opethian - 01.09.2012 at 22:18  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2012 at 20:23

Written by Opethian on 01.09.2012 at 20:19

'Haters gonna Hate'


Lovers gonna love


Soo very true Marcel
pisymbol - 02.09.2012 at 01:47  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2012 at 20:43

Why do you insist on typing Vivus? The album is called Viva Emptiness



Apologies spell checker issues.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2012 at 02:58  
 
Written by pisymbol on 02.09.2012 at 01:47

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2012 at 20:43

Why do you insist on typing Vivus? The album is called Viva Emptiness



Apologies spell checker issues.


autocorrect? Or T9 on you phone? Those are true bitches.
pisymbol - 02.09.2012 at 05:52  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2012 at 02:58

Written by pisymbol on 02.09.2012 at 01:47

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2012 at 20:43

Why do you insist on typing Vivus? The album is called Viva Emptiness



Apologies spell checker issues.


Those are true bitches.


LOL
kingeryck - 02.09.2012 at 16:07  
Rating: 7 It's not a bad album, but it just sounds like they took all their mid-tempo songs from the last few albums and put them in a blender. I couldn't tell this album from a random selection of Katatonia songs.
ravend - 02.09.2012 at 21:34  
Rating: 10 Read through all the comments here and what I never understand is how come people give credit to TGCD album. imo the weakest and boring album from Katatonia. a real disappointment for me. too progressive and didn't find the melancholy what's the trademark of them.
this one on the other hand is a real masterpiece. it has everything why I started to like Katatonia. definitely best album since LFDGD which I doubt they will top.
Wes - 07.09.2012 at 22:30  
Rating: 9 Beautiful stuff.
Monolithic - 08.09.2012 at 16:15  
Rating: 10 It's Katatonia, alright. Nothing new or creative that much, but it is Katatonia's touch and music, and it's great.
Array - 09.09.2012 at 02:18  
  Everything is fine after the first four tracks. Then "Buildings" and "Leech" come in and somehow paint everything with grey colours. Many times I just 'wake up' when "Ambitions" begin, which is a good track. After "Ambitions" there seriously should be a riff storm, but the album just keeps on undoing your wishes. Nice singing and good lyrics save a lot. After that misplaced fine track comes "Lethean" out of nowhere in order to restart the album, and I'm kinda bored with that one already, so it's not that effective anymore. "First Prayer" is what I was looking for, it's just that the album is almost over at this point. "Dead Letters" is a good track, but what kinda track is this to close the album? Seriously, who decided to shuffle the tracklist?
SceneryOfLoss - 10.09.2012 at 19:57  
Rating: 7 That album gives me the sensation that the band forgot to record the guitars.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.09.2012 at 19:59  
Rating: 5
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 10.09.2012 at 19:57

That album gives me the sensation that the band forgot to record the guitars.

I got the same feeling too. They just aren't there in this, have definitely taken a back seat.
Array - 10.09.2012 at 20:06  
  It's true that you really have to like Jonas Renkse's (non-vaginal) delivery in order to enjoy this to the fullest.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.09.2012 at 20:13  
Rating: 5
Written by Array on 10.09.2012 at 20:06

It's true that you really have to like Jonas Renkse's (non-vaginal) delivery in order to enjoy this to the fullest.

Not necessarily. His vocals are far better on the recent releases (than say the first 2 or 3 clean records), in fact its about the only good thing about it.
Mr. Doctor - 10.09.2012 at 20:15  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.09.2012 at 20:13
Not necessarily. His vocals are far better on the recent releases (than say the first 2 or 3 clean records), in fact its about the only good thing about it.


Exactly... If there's one thing Katatonia's latest period has improved from the older albums is the vocals. That's about it though :\
Array - 10.09.2012 at 20:23  
  My thoughts are too fragmented at the moment, so I just skip this time.
R'Vannith - 11.09.2012 at 13:38  
Rating: 8 I think the album is very well pieced together seeing as the vocals are their focus. Seems structured with that approach in mind, something which I imagine would turn some people off. Personally I don't think it's musically devoid, tracks like "Hypnone", "Buildings" and "Leech" are too engaging to lead me to that conclusion, but certainly not on the same level as albums like Viva Emptiness.
Bill27 - 14.09.2012 at 04:36  
Rating: 7 Ok album.
Nothing new, but thats not always bad.
In these strange times, some things should be left as they are.
Low tempo and feelings, thats what this is all about.
MetalManic_Joel - 14.09.2012 at 22:35  
Rating: 9 Truth be told, this is an album that takes at least 5 listens to be fairly judged and appreciated
Boxcar Willy - 17.09.2012 at 19:53  
Rating: 7 Cool album, great vocals but drags on and is a little boring in some spots.
BehzadSh - 19.09.2012 at 01:53  
Rating: 10 It's clear that they're changing their way an their style, you can compare last 3 albums with previous albums.

They may lost a lot of their fans through this changes, but I think they're moving in the right way.

The album was not as good as "Night is the New Day", but not so bad, I'd gave it 9.7 if I could
Slayer666 - 19.09.2012 at 14:08  
Rating: 6 Ok, after a few weeks of listening to this, I've finally figured out how I feel about it.

First of, why do I absolutely love NITND and hate(d) this one when they're almost identical style-wise? The choruses. Here, for the majority of tracks, they're incredibly weak and ineffective which seriously kills the overall impression. NITND had awesome choruses that truly felt like an appropriate climax to each respective track. No such luck here, the build-ups are too long, too forced and the finish just isn't worth it.

Not always, though. "First Prayer" and "The Racing Heart" are two fantastic tracks and that's how the rest of the album should have sounded like (if that were the case, this would have been Katatonia's finest since BMD). A lot of other tracks also have some serious potential ("Buildings", "Dead Letters", "Lethean" too name a few) but manage to fuck it up with extremely bland and unconvincing choruses.

So, yeah. It is better than I had previously thought, so I'm bumping my 5 to 6, and there's a possibility of that going up to 7, but I wouldn't count on it. I'll be giving it some more time, maybe some other tracks will also click.
ravendeath - 21.09.2012 at 01:10  
Rating: 10 The same old story... some hate, some spit on it, others love and defend, everything's same like on all other (more popular) album threads. People, this has become so boring...
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.09.2012 at 02:54  
Rating: 5
Written by ravendeath on 21.09.2012 at 01:10

The same old story... some hate, some spit on it, others love and defend, everything's same like on all other (more popular) album threads. People, this has become so boring...

You're right. I long for the utopia when everyone shares the same opinion and feeling toward everything. It would make forums like this so vibrant and relevant.
Nefarious - 21.09.2012 at 11:02  
Rating: 6 Jonas' vocals are getting better & better, but unfortunately their music is not.

I love old & new Katatonia equally & was actually a big fan of NITND. This album isn't terrible & certainly it has it's moments, but they are too few & far between so unfortunately the overall impression of this record is that its a little bland & uninspired. I'll keep spinning it for another week or so though, to see if it grows on me a little more.
Slayer666 - 21.09.2012 at 16:16  
Rating: 6
Written by ravendeath on 21.09.2012 at 01:10

The same old story... some hate, some spit on it, others love and defend, everything's same like on all other (more popular) album threads. People, this has become so boring...


Let me tell you a well-guarded secret: that's what Internet Forums are for.

Kinda blows your mind, doesn't it? I know it's a lot to take it, so take your time.
ravendeath - 21.09.2012 at 19:14  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.09.2012 at 02:54

Written by ravendeath on 21.09.2012 at 01:10

The same old story... some hate, some spit on it, others love and defend, everything's same like on all other (more popular) album threads. People, this has become so boring...

You're right. I long for the utopia when everyone shares the same opinion and feeling toward everything. It would make forums like this so vibrant and relevant.

I know, it's fun, isn't it... I just wanted to say that each thread is almost the same. I have nothing against to share opinions....
ravendeath - 21.09.2012 at 19:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Slayer666 on 21.09.2012 at 16:16

Written by ravendeath on 21.09.2012 at 01:10

The same old story... some hate, some spit on it, others love and defend, everything's same like on all other (more popular) album threads. People, this has become so boring...


Let me tell you a well-guarded secret: that's what Internet Forums are for.

Kinda blows your mind, doesn't it? I know it's a lot to take it, so take your time.

it's not that I'm against different opinions at all... it's just that I find all album threads almost the same. On the other hand, I don't think that it's wrong at all, just boring...
Paradox0 - 21.09.2012 at 20:37  
Rating: 7
Written by Nefarious on 21.09.2012 at 11:02

Jonas' vocals are getting better & better, but unfortunately their music is not.


Actually I think I'm one of the few people who are really split on this album and oddly enough in a way an inverted (not necessarily opposite) reason to this. I think DEK is a departure from the sound of NITND and TGCD, but is oddly both a distancing from their pre-Viva Emptiness sound aesthetically but emotionally a return to this old sound (perhaps some symbolism could be found in the cover arts of Brave Murder Day's and DEK's Crow Boned cover). However as intricate as the song writing is (because I refuse to believe that this is just synth noodling) and actually a step in an interesting direction, I feel they are also held back by the ghost of certain band members talent and prominence in the band. I think this is perhaps Jonas' best vocal performance in terms of vocal ability but I feel it doesn't really fit into the overall sound of the album. His voice is way to loudly recorded and is placed way too high of priority in production over the actual instrumentation to really have it fit, and this becomes especially distracting when they double up his voice, clearly an acknowledgement of his vox but at the same time is like tossing a grilled porterhouse steak on top of some fine angel hair alfredo. I'm not even sure of Jonas' voice works in this soundscape anymore, as even making him more quiet to blend into the overal music would really fit, as I almost feel a completely different singing style would work even better.
Super_Greg - 23.09.2012 at 11:35  
  Just saw them live with Hevy Devy a few nights ago. They were sooo fucking boring. I dont see why they r so popular.
Risto - 23.09.2012 at 12:55  
Rating: 6
Written by Super_Greg on 23.09.2012 at 11:35

Just saw them live with Hevy Devy a few nights ago. They were sooo fucking boring. I dont see why they r so popular.

They're pretty much a studio band according to quite a large crowd. Many agree that they suck live.
Marcel Hubregtse - 23.09.2012 at 13:01  
 
Written by Super_Greg on 23.09.2012 at 11:35

Just saw them live with Hevy Devy a few nights ago. They were sooo fucking boring. I dont see why they r so popular.


Katatonia is one of the most boring bands I have ever seen live. I have seen them about seven times now over the past ten years and every time they were boring as could be.. I'd much rather put on their albums at home (even their last boring three which btw are totally riveting compared to the band live) then going to see them live again.
ravendeath - 23.09.2012 at 23:12  
Rating: 10 http://terrarelicta.com/index.php/reviews/all-reviews/389-katatonia-dead-end-kings-cd-2012
Check my review...
Super_Greg - 25.09.2012 at 15:04  
  Lol, glad people some people agree with me XD
MetalRec-Grutle - 25.09.2012 at 15:11  
  This is a really solid effort by Katatonia. Definitely one of their better albums of this century and better than Night Is The New Day. There is no groundbreaking evolution here - Katatonia continues their shift towards less heavy music. It's not metal anymore, at least not the whole time, but there is still no better source for melancholic rock than Katatonia. They've proven that, and this album is no exception. I like it.
Evil Chip - 02.10.2012 at 06:30  
Rating: 4 The worst by far from them.
basquetal - 05.10.2012 at 20:16  
  Racing Heart is so an amazing song, how possible is nobody talking about this music?
doomarc - 06.10.2012 at 11:01  
Rating: 10 Anyband can make heavy music, but just a few bands can reach the success to make you feel the real emotion and melancholy. Katatonia proves that they're one of this amazing bands with this album.I accept that it's not a strong album like the previous ones but this is the point what they wanted to come.

Dead End Kings contains some of best katatonia songs since LFDGN. Come on guys, it deserves much more.

How it's possible not to love this album which waits for us with Hypnone,The Racing Heart,Ambitions, Lethean.
ThunderAxe1989 - 21.10.2012 at 03:11  
Rating: 6 Don't get me wrong, this album has some good songs on it, but for the most part, I must say I'm highly disappointed. It's average at best. I mean, to me there's too many boring parts in this release....it doesn't really have that "wow factor" that other Katatonia records have. Not that great....
pisymbol - 23.10.2012 at 15:56  
 
Written by Slayer666 on 19.09.2012 at 14:08

Ok, after a few weeks of listening to this, I've finally figured out how I feel about it.

First of, why do I absolutely love NITND and hate(d) this one when they're almost identical style-wise? The choruses. Here, for the majority of tracks, they're incredibly weak and ineffective which seriously kills the overall impression. NITND had awesome choruses that truly felt like an appropriate climax to each respective track. No such luck here, the build-ups are too long, too forced and the finish just isn't worth it.

Not always, though. "First Prayer" and "The Racing Heart" are two fantastic tracks and that's how the rest of the album should have sounded like (if that were the case, this would have been Katatonia's finest since BMD). A lot of other tracks also have some serious potential ("Buildings", "Dead Letters", "Lethean" too name a few) but manage to fuck it up with extremely bland and unconvincing choruses.

So, yeah. It is better than I had previously thought, so I'm bumping my 5 to 6, and there's a possibility of that going up to 7, but I wouldn't count on it. I'll be giving it some more time, maybe some other tracks will also click.


Hey I'm glad you expounded on your score. Much appreciated. Its good to read another perspective.

I saw them live and I do think that Buildings and Dead Letters are a lot better than you are giving them credit for.

For me, this is a strong release where as NITND was mediocre at best (which is fascinating we have the exact opposite view, but might explain our reviews of DEKs).
X-FrEaK - 03.11.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Opethian on 01.09.2012 at 20:19

Album of the Year? idk.., top 10? Perhaps


So far i have yet to decide between this one, Ihsahn's and Enslaved's
JD - 15.11.2012 at 15:26  
Rating: 7
Written by Nefarious on 21.09.2012 at 11:02

Jonas' vocals are getting better & better, but unfortunately their music is not.


Agreed. I think it's my least favorite Katatonia album, but it's not a bad record that's for sure.
Benjamin - 27.11.2012 at 13:48  
Rating: 5 Every time I listen to a Katatonia album it makes me feel empty. By the end of the album I feel the music has partially filled the void, and I am left contemplating the missing pieces in my life - This is a good thing.
Unfortunately this album doesn't seem to fill the void, and I am left contemplating the missing pieces within the music - This is bad!

I could list many reasons why this album has failed to engage me, lyrically, musically, etc. Mostly coming down to lacking originality.
Rather I will just ask, what has this particular album taught you?
Slayer666 - 27.11.2012 at 17:46  
Rating: 6
Written by Benjamin on 27.11.2012 at 13:48

Rather I will just ask, what has this particular album taught you?


It taught me Renkse should stop writing the music for Katatonia and let someone else do it for a while.
Fradd - 04.12.2012 at 11:29  
Rating: 8 Upping my rating to 8. It's far better than I initially thought.
NocturnalStalker - 08.12.2012 at 11:51  
Rating: 8 I found this album more subtle and atmospheric compared to their few previous records but I like it. Surely it doesn't have any hits such as My Twin or Day and Then the Shade but it's not what I'm looking for in Katatonia's music. And I must mention I was surprised (in a good way) by the bonus track (The Act of Darkening) - it didn't sound like a usual Katatonia song which let me experience a feeling of freshness. Anyway, I think I should give this album at least a couple more spins to fully appreciate it.
Dentura - 21.12.2012 at 02:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Super_Greg on 23.09.2012 at 11:35

Just saw them live with Hevy Devy a few nights ago. They were sooo fucking boring. I dont see why they r so popular.


I'm not bashing or anything, but I personally loved seeing Katatonia play when I went to see them three months ago. What you may consider "fucking boring" I consider to be beautiful and atmospheric. I actually left before "Hevy Devy" came up to play to be honest, his music has done nothing for me personally. But each to his own...
Super_Greg - 22.12.2012 at 19:48  
 
Written by Dentura on 21.12.2012 at 02:06

Written by Super_Greg on 23.09.2012 at 11:35

Just saw them live with Hevy Devy a few nights ago. They were sooo fucking boring. I dont see why they r so popular.


I'm not bashing or anything, but I personally loved seeing Katatonia play when I went to see them three months ago. What you may consider "fucking boring" I consider to be beautiful and atmospheric. I actually left before "Hevy Devy" came up to play to be honest, his music has done nothing for me personally. But each to his own...



Yes, to each his own i guess.

I can take a few Katatonia songs, but the ones they played live all sounded the same. They had the same boring mid tempo, and the drums sounded identical on every song. It pissed me off because alot of people left b4 Devin got on stage, and Katatonia had the effect of a shot of NyQuil on the crowd.
Dentura - 02.03.2013 at 06:07  
Rating: 9 Yay, it won best Gothic Album!

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