Dethroned & Uncrowned CD+DVD
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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 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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Gotta love Katatonia! Not as good as 'Night Is The New Day', but still worthy. \m/^.^\m/Published 21 months ago by Abandoned Void
This is a fine piece of art. The "naked" version of Dead end Kings. No drums, no distorsion. Just vocals and ambientation sounds and effects. Take note of one thing: It's NOT 5.1. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Gustavo C.
This is a really amazinng Cd.
Probably you have the last one too.
Great ambience, a must have for all Katatonia fans