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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B0088TI9EO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A logical continuation of 2009's panoramic Night is the New Day, Dead End Kings contains Katatonia's most poignant and ambitious material to date. Produced by band members Anders Nystrom and Jonas Renkse and mixed by David Castillo - known for his previous work with Katatonia, as well as Opeth and Bloodbath - Dead End Kings also sees the recording debuts of guitarist Per Eriksson and bassist Niklas Sandin. Once again, Frank Default provides additional sampling and atmospherics, while Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering/ex-Octavia Sperati makes a special guest appearance.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Minchin VINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Katatonia since Discouraged Ones, and a super-fan since Viva Emptiness seared it's way into my brain. Prior to Viva I always thought that the weak link in Katatonia was the vocals, but Renkse grew up on that album, and has been getting consistently better ever since. On Dead End Kings, the vocals are nothing short of phenomenal. Having said that, just about everything about this album is unwaveringly excellent, although as with all Katatonia albums, it takes a while to sink in, a fact I usually put down to the bands unusual sense of melody and rhythm.

Straight off the bat, the production on Dead End Kings is crisp, powerful and warm sounding, which is a bit of a change from the cold tones of Night is the New Day. There is also more of a metallic edge here than on the previous release, that takes the listener back to The Great Cold Distance. In fact, Dead End Kings comes across as a distillation of those 2 albums, but more polished and refined than before. Opener The Parting opens with a disparate vocal and strings buildup before crashing into a dense riff, which then dissipates during the verse into a sparse arrangement which gives Renkses vocals the space they need, which is then followed by an epic chorus based on the intro riff but subtly twisted. This type of progressive structuring is present throughout the album, and as a result the album feels much more flowing than previous efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ellison on 17 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to Katatonia for a long time and in my opinion they don't have a bad album, even down to the early Discouraged Ones and Brave Murder Day. They have progressed into one of the best progressive rock bands ever and are getting better with every album. Dead End Kings is amazingly melodic with Jonas's voice sounding ever moody that fits with the music like an instrument in an orchestra. You really have to listen hard to appreciate how intricate their sound is with little enhancments here and there like extra voice overs, odds and bobs of instruments thrown in all adding to the amazing overall sound and feel of the album. I have seen them 4 times, they are one of the best live acts of this genre that I have seen. In fact my 15yr daughter loves them (thankfully she follows my taste in music, as do my other 2 offspring). In fact, we met the band after their gig in the Manchester academy this year, I was a bit apprehensive but they turned out to be the most polite people I have met in a while, very thoughtful of my daughter, and at one point Jonas told Daniel Liljekvist to watch his language!!! Loads of photos and the usual hand salutes with the band, hugs for my daughter. A genuinly great band.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By garman on 8 Nov. 2012
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With the release of this album, for me Katatonia have established themselves as the best band out there. The evolution into the top level of progressive metal that started (for me) at 2003's viva emptiness, (although the transformation begun in tonights decision)has continued until they are at the top. The great cold distance was a phenomonal release, for the first time in about 15 years (im 37) I waited with bathed breath for a next album by a band i fell in love with, the fear of a dissapointing follow up, as so often happens, at the back of my mind (ill never get over the crushing dissapointment of hammerheart after blood fire death by Bathory when I was about 16-im still scarred by that episode). This fear was unfounded as night is the new day, again a progression to greater refinement of thier sound was released...
So to dead end kings.
In many ways the structure of the tracks are more accessable, the instant grabber on the album for me is the racing heart, then Lethean, and dead letters. This album though as a whole does take a number of listens to build a clear impression, and keeps on rewarding..

The addition of a new guitarist (Per Eriksson)is a very good thing and provides more depth to the music (nothings ever overdone all the same), the keyboards (frank default)again add a further layer and improves the overall sound on the album,and new bass player Sandin works well with Daniel Liljekvist on drums, who for me is an outstanding drummer, where technical ability is shared with pure feel...

the exit of the norrman brothers (all very friendly, no bad blood due to family stuff on the norrman side), has not affected the writing -as they didn't contribute on that front anyway. and I think eriksson is technically better anyway.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dons Word on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I don't do too many long reviews, but this CD needed it IMO. This needs a bit of an overview. I waited 3 years and am not disappointed.

I actually find it difficult to see reviews for any Katatonia CD unless its a few days (at least) after release as their songs can take a few spins before hitting you. You cant force their music really. Doesn't work. So i listened at least 6 times to this and here is what I made of it so far.

At first, I was slightly disappointed for the same reason that others have commented on (at least in the U.S.). It does sound like 'Night is The New Day part 2'. But after a few more listens it just starts to sink in to your psyche and you want MORE. Same way Night is the New Day did. So is that REALLY a bad thing then? I don't think so. With the mass of music out there, and the amount of music I personally buy, I seldom feel that deep urge to listen to things again. So in that regard alone this CD passes the test.

Sound wise its clear, layered beautifully and very high end. Actually sounds like it was recorded at the same time as NITND. Seldom can artists and Producers/Engineers capture the same sound vibe as a previous disc. No matter how hard they try. But this one sounds strikingly similar in fidelity and song structures. BUT that does not mean all the songs sound like its predecessor. There are more keys (that work very well) and the hooks are a bit more memorable on this. The songs are shorter and don't drag. Maybe for a more commercial approach, as these songs do have a more broad appeal to them overall and could really open doors for the band if heard. BUT I still believe the band has evolved to this point and this is who they are. In fact, right now they can do no wrong. Even with a disc that is so similar in ways, to the one before it.
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