The sequel to Cannibal Holocaust
Melancholic prog-rock band Katatonia has released a lyric video for “The One You Are Looking For Is Here” (which features guest vocals by Silje Wergeland of The Gathering) from the upcoming Dethroned And Uncrowned release. The album will feature the music of last year’s phenomenal release Dead End Kings and remove the drums and distorted guitars, relying entirely on the ambience and acoustics that remain. Head on below to give it a listen.
Guitarist Anders Nyström states, “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’.”
Swedish melancholic metal band Katatonia has announced their plans to release a stripped down version of their last album Dead End Kings (review) entitled Dethroned & Uncrowned. There is a tentative release date of September 9th.
The band states, “it’s our wish to release the entire album in a stripped down, semi-acoustic way and turn things around completely,” adding, “…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.”
The band has launched a Pledge Music page where fans can pledge a certain amount and get different perks based upon their pledge level.
I am a huge fan of this band and I thought Dead End Kings was one of the strongest releases of 2012. I’m very intrigued and more than a little excited to hear this album. READ MORE
Well, my music loving brain just exploded a bit. On June 3rd, Katatonia singer Jonas Renske and The Pineapple Thief‘s Bruce Soord will be releasing Wisdom Of Crowds, an album that Soord had specifically written with Renske’s voice in mind. The album was recorded between both bands’ rigorous touring schedules. It can be pre-ordered here. Below is a video teaser as well as the track listing.
While I haven’t listened to a ton of The Pineapple Thief, I know that I’ve heard enough to like them a lot. As for Katatonia, I’ve been a fan of theirs for about ten years now, so this is just a pure treat for me. I cannot wait to get my hands on this. READ MORE
Swedish prog-rockers Katatonia have released an official video for “Lethean”, which comes from their latest album Dead End Kings (review). Shot in star black and white and directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), the video features slow motion shots that serve to compliment the melancholic yet heavy beauty of the song. You can watch it below or here.
In a post on his official Facebook page, guitarist Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström has announced that Katatonia will be releasing a stripped down version of their latest album Dead End Kings (review). He also announced that work will soon be commencing on a Katatonia documentary that will appear on an anniversary DVD.
Nyström states, “Just done with stripping down the ‘Dead End Kings’ album to an atmospheric sound void of any metal. Early on we felt it was both peculiar and Interesting how the songs could breathe on their own taking a different minimal approach, so we wanted to go back and explore this in a very spontaneous and unpretentious way. Vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars are in and distorted guitars/bass and drums are out! Stay tuned for a release date!
“And from one big project to another… the next upcoming weeks I’ll be spending diggin’ into old boxes and transferring ancient VHS cassettes and DV tapes to digital media, so we can finally get goin’ on the actual edit on the documentary that will hopefully wrap up the anniversary DVD that’s been taken forevah!”
Swedish prog metal band Katatonia have announced a few headline shows during their upcoming tour supporting Opeth. Katatonia will be touring in support of Dead End Kings, which landed at #2 on my Top Albums of 2012 list, which you can see here. Opeth will be touring in support of Heritage. The bands will also do a special one-off show with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson in New York.
Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström states, “Back in the U.S.A…That’s right Springsteen! We’re looking at round number two as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we’ll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there’ll ever be!”
Head on below for the tour dates. READ MORE
Two of Sweden’s greatest musical exports, Opeth and Katatonia will be joining forces for a full N. American tour this Spring. The two bands will kick things off in Buffalo, NY on April 18th and wrap things up on May 26th in Santa Cruz, CA. Opeth will be touring in support of their 2011 album Heritage (review) while Katatonia will be supporting their 2012 release Dead End Kings (review), which made #2 on my Top 10 Albums of 2012 list.
Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström comments, “Back in the U.S.A…That’s right Springsteen! We’re looking at round #2 as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we’ll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there’ll ever be!”
You can see the full touring schedule below. READ MORE
Two of Sweden’s greatest musical exports, Opeth and Katatonia, will be touring N. America this spring. So far only one release date has been released: May 10th at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI (check out the flyer below). Tickets will be made available this Friday, Jan. 11th at 10am.
On a personal note, I’m beyond excited for this. I saw Katatonia and Opeth tour together before and it was nothing short of incredible. Another combined tour from the two of them is something that I refuse to miss. READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Dutch atmospheric rockers The Gathering have released a near 11-minute video for “Heroes For Ghosts”, which comes off the band’s 10th studio album Disclosure, out Sept. 25th via Psychonaut Records (pre-order here). The band has also made the entire album available to stream via their Bandcamp page. You can check out the video and stream the album below.
Keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who also sings for the first time on this album states, “Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically. The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet.”
The day is finally upon us! Dead End Kings, the 10th studio album from Katatonia has been released and is available for the world to hear! However, if you’re still on the fence about the album (really?), Exclaim! has the entire album available for streaming. And if that’s not enough to convince you, how about checking out my review, eh? The combination of those two should be more than enough for you to shell out $9.99. Right?
Alright, for those of you who have the album, what are your thoughts? What’s your favorite track? READ MORE
Katatonia has unveiled two iTunes pre-order options for their upcoming album Dead End Kings (review), a standard edition and a deluxe edition, which comes with a bonus track and a digital booklet. There are also multiple physical packages available for pre-order at OMerch.
Katatonia will also be co-headlining on the “Epic Kings & Idols” tour with Devin Townsend Project. Support will come from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. VIP ticket packages can be ordered here. A tour promo video and full tour schedule is below. READ MORE
In October of 2009, I became a contributor to Bloody-Disgusting Music. I submitted two album reviews, one being Rammstein‘s Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da and the other being Katatonia‘s Night Is The New Day. So, in a strange way, being given to opportunity to review Katatonia’s newest effort, Dead End Kings, is, in a way, a full circle journey.
But it’s more than that. One of Katatonia’s earlier albums, Viva Emptiness, was an album that shaped my view of metal, molding it into an understanding of how nostalgia and melancholy can be used as to make the listener feel incredibly powerful and poignant emotions.
So, with this history firmly in mind, I began my journey into Dead End Kings, apprehensive but hopeful of the musical path that was open before me. READ MORE
In anticipation of their upcoming ninth studio album Dead End Kings (out Aug. 28th via Peaceville Records), Swedish melodic metal band Katatonia have released a tour promo video that uses a sample of a new song, “Lethean”, as the backdrop. The video showcases the band’s upcoming European tour dates, which sees support from Alcest and Junius (ticket information can be found here). The video can be seen below.
Katatonia will be co-headlining the Epic Kings & Idols Tour alongside Devin Townsend. Paradise Lost will be providing direct support. All information for this tour can be found here.
Personally speaking, I cannot WAIT for this album! I’ve been a fan of Katatonia for over 10 years and a new album from them is a reason for much celebration. Also, “Dead Letters” and this sample are convincing me that I might have a contender for Album of the Year. What are your thoughts? READ MORE
One of my favorite bands is Katatonia, hands down. Their heavy yet incredibly emotional and melancholic music has been something of a “go to” sound for me on many an occasion. So when they announced that they would be releasing a new album, Dead End Kings, on August 28th, I immediately perked up and got excited. After all, I still blast Night Is The New Day on a very regular basis.
Now, to whet the appetite of the fans, the band is streaming a new song entitled “Dead Letters”, which you can listen to below. I’ve already replayed it about six or seven times and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Swedish melodic metal band Katatonia has revealed details for their upcoming album, titled Dead End Kings, on their Facebook. The album is set for release on August 27th in Europe and August 28th in the US. The band has also released which tracks will be on the album although the final track list is not confirmed. One of the songs, “The One You Are Looking For is Not Here”, features Silje Wergeland, current singer of The Gathering. This album also marks the debut recording of guitar Per Erikkson and bassist Niklas Sandin. Frank Default will once again be tackling atmospherics and sampling.
Singer Jonas Renske states, “Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden with pride. That’s what we are doing, twenty years and counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are creating, in our own disturbing faith”.
Guitarist Anders Nystrom adds, “This album has doors revolving into many different genres of music but remain disguised within the Katatonia trademark. We have walked the fine line between attempting not to repeat ourselves but also not to distance us away from what people know and love. We’re now ready to hand over the evidence and whatever the direction this has taken is now for you to decide. We’re confident the creativity and passion on this album is something that will be echoing even beyond the dead end”.