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Katatonia Reveals Full Details On New Album "Dead End Kings"

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Katatonia, the Swedish purveyor of dark rock/metal, announced early this morning that the band's ninth studio album, due to be released on Peaceville Records on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US), will be titled "Dead End Kings." The band has now revealed the full cover artwork and track listing, which can be viewed below. "Dead End Kings" follows the band's previous full-length "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).

"Dead End Kings" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios & The City Of Glass. The album was produced by founding duo Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse themselves, and mixed by David Castillo, known for his prior work with the band, as well as Opeth & Bloodbath.

"Dead End Kings" sees the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson for Katatonia, as well as recent bassist Niklas Sandin. Additionally, Katatonia is joined once again by Frank Default and his invaluable expertise on sampling and atmospherics, plus a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering/ex-Octavia Sperati. For more insight into the recording process, check out our interview with the band towards the end of the tracking process.

Jonas (vocals) comments on the album title: “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."

Anders (Guitars) also added: “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.”

Artwork is once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith and the track listing is as follows (not in final running order):

The Parting
Undo You
The Racing Heart
The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here (featuring Silje Wergeland)
First Prayer
Dead Letters

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1. Cynic writes:

That is a great cover, obviously harkening back to "Brave Murder Day" which is one of my favourite covers.

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2. R10 writes:

Agreed Cynic,great cover art! But i thought the last album's art was abit better! Can not wait to hear the new music!!!

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3. RememberMetal? writes:

Day of release purchase, as with every Katatonia album for 12+ years now.

I love how each album only vaguely hints as to what the next one would sound like and more often they manage to throw in a barrage of curve balls anyway... as if anticipating what their fans should be expecting and consciously defying that line of reasoning.

Hate that we have to wait until late August, but Katatonia's records are meant for the fall and winter anyway. :)

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4. psythe writes:

First artwork I've seen in a while that's impressed me. Always a good day when you get your hands on some new Katatonia.

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