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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B00DRP1R9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

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

Disc: 2

  1. The Parting (5.1 Mix)
  2. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here (with Silje Wergeland) (5.1 Mix)
  3. Hypnone (5.1 Mix)
  4. The Racing Heart (5.1 Mix)
  5. Buildings (5.1 Mix)
  6. Leech (5.1 Mix)
  7. Ambitions (5.1 Mix)
  8. Undo You (5.1 Mix)
  9. Lethean (5.1 Mix)
  10. First Prayer (5.1 Mix)
  11. Dead Letters (5.1 Mix)

Product Description

LIMITED 2 DISC DIGIBOOK EDITION FEATURING 5.1 MIX Released on the Peaceville label in August 2012, Katatonia's home for the past 14 years, Dead End Kings was the band's most successful album to date and cemented Katatonia's position as masters of a unique kind of hard-edged atmospheric Rock. In September 2013, the band unexpectedly return with Dethroned & Uncrowned, a radical reinterpretation of Dead End Kings and the band's first release on Kscope, Peaceville's sister label. Dethroned & Uncrowned finds Katatonia exploring the more ambient and progressive elements of Dead End Kings, while remaining truthful to the core of the album's songs. "The synopsis is simple and album title won't lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! 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." Anders (Katatonia)

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It's been fascinating watching Katatonia's career arc. In many ways their artistic evolution has echoed that of Anathema, both bands forged in the furious flames of extreme metal, only for age and experience to temper the white hot passions of youth and shape them into something altogether more evocative. Over the years the guitars have gradually shifted form, evolving from the early flash floods of distorted rage into swirling, ethereal mists of great beauty and the vocals of Jonas Renske have gained a unique, grandiloquent quality few can match. Where once katatonia stood upon the shattered ramparts of a fortress, bravely unleashing their might upon the hordes of darkness, now they sit beneath the long abandoned buttresses of fading palaces, hunched upon the throne, still proud, but gnarled and buckled with age and care. They are grand, possessed of great majesty, and yet twisted by the weight they bear.

It is nothing new for a band to rework its back catalogue in the light of stylistic change - Anathema performed the trick twice with `Hindsight' and `falling deeper', but where those albums drew upon heavier, earlier works, `Dethroned and uncrowned' draws exclusively from the stunning album `dead end kings', following its track-listing exactly and adding a further layer of darkness to Travis Smith's evocative artwork. It is, if you like, a companion piece to that record, not exactly an acoustic reworking, but rather a further exploration of the sounds and atmospheres that lurked at its dark heart. Presented in a beautifully rendered digi-book, like its predecessor it comes with a surround sound mix (although, unusually, it is a DTS 4.1 mix) that is by far the best way to experience this deeply mysterious and brooding album.
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I take on board the last reviewer's comments in that that this album may not attract new fans, but it depends what route you took to discover them

Sure, if you are looking for a sound that is parallel to your regular listen and that is similar to old school Katatonia, then this may be not what you expected.

My route to them was again similar to the last reviewer with Wisdom Of Crowds and for me most things K-Scope. A very pretty, melancholic and superbly recorded effort that showcases the stripped down Dead End Kings (also purchased) and brings Jonas Renske's sublime voice to the fore.

Overall the album is fantastic and should entice those along the same route as me. Coupled with the room filing second disc, it's an easy 5 stars for me.
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The original is my favourite album of last year but it is a little heavy for my partner so I picked out 'acceptable' tracks for her, which always felt like she was missing something. The unplugged version means we can both enjoy this excellent album. Saw them play it live a couple of weeks ago, with some older unplugged tracks, and they were very good. Not easy to leave the heavy guitars behind but the quality of this album allows them to do that. I still prefer the original but very happy I bought this one as well.
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So, this is basically Katatonia unplugged with a reworked mainly acoustic rendition of Dead End Kings. Dead End Kings is a great album, though I wonder if die-hard Katatonia fans feel a little worried about the direction the band appears to be taking. I reviewed 'The Wisdom of Crowds' album that Renkse did with Pineapple Thief main man Soord. I really like that album, so no surprise that I like this side of Katatonia. I sometimes find that the Katatonia sound - dark and intense - gets to sound a bit repetitive. Their songs are all live at the same tempo and similar structure - abrupt endings featuring quite a lot on Dead End Kings. And that doesn't really change on Dethroned & Uncrowned. The songs have all been reworked, and beautifully so. But for me there's still a sameness about them. I think Katatonia could push themselves a lot further. They're extremely comfortable in what they do (and hey, that's not a bad thing), but I just feel they could do more.

Not sure that tis album will find them any new fans, but I don't think that's its intent. It's a very good album, and a very interesting direction. I think what will be more interesting is the direction that Katatonia decide to take on their next offering.

All in all, 4/5 for me.
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How do you top a great album like 2012′s Dead End Kings? You don’t, you strip it bare and make it even better. Katatonia is spoiling us. I really enjoyed Katatonia’s Dead End Kings – though I readily admit I still prefer Night Is The New Day of their most recent works. So I was delighted to hear that Katatonia were re-releasing the record in a different form.

Dethroned and Uncrowned strips back Dead End Kings – removing the drums and the heavy guitars – leaving a largely acoustic and keys work that is even more melancholy and ethereal than the original. Some electric guitars do remain – for the occasional lead – and the album is by no means the clichéd “unplugged” version.

Instead Katatonia have explored the emotional and darker aspects of the music and while obviously this isn’t a heavier record than Dead End Kings it is much more sombre. The result is a resounding success. In almost every case I prefer the Dethroned version of each song to the one presented last year. Jonas’ duet with The Gathering’s Silje Wergeland on The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here is even more haunting.

If I was going to nitpick I’d say it is a shame that the vocals were not re-recorded. In many cases it sounds like the Dead End Kings vocal lines remain and this does mean that sometimes the emotional emphasis isn’t in keeping with the gentler music on offer.

That aside Dethroned and Uncrowned is a fabulous moody, haunting and progressive take on a great heavy metal record. Highly recommended. And of course it’s the second great record of the year to feature the vocal talents of Jonas Renkse - the other being Bruce Soord's Wisdom of Crowds.
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