Power of Metal.dk Review

Dead End Kings
Style: Gothic Metal/Progressive Rock
Release date: 27 August, 2012
Playing time: 54:19

The more than welcome transformation Katatonia began in 2006 with the great "The Great Cold Distance" album and continued on the magnificent "Night is the New Day" in 2009, takes it's next natural step on "Dead End Kings". Main song writers Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström have always been premier representatives of dark, depressive and melancholic music, the means have just changed over the years; gone are the aggressive, cold and hard metal riffs, in has come dark and progressive atmospheric soundscapes.

But they are still portraying moments of despair and depression thru their music, and this album came just in a time where I needed a vent for my sadness, and I have used these twelve massive pieces of pure melancholy for that, and in a positive manner I might add. Because even though the sound universe might be dark and gloomy, it can easily be used as a positive outlet for your most dark and sad feelings.

Objectively looking at the new Katatonia album, I must say that they are distancing themselves from their early sound more and more, and the connecting thread from "The Great Cold Distance" to "Dead End Kings" is very clear; atmospheric soundscapes builds the foundations for the songs. They haven't totally neglected their metal background, and the harder and heavier parts sound as a natural integrated part of their sound universe.

"Dead End Kings" is the best dark and melancholic album this year, and while it might not end up as the best album of 2012, it will surely end up as the most important one and the one I've connected the most with this year.


01. The Parting (4:52)
02. The One You Are Looking for is Not Here (3:52)
03. Hypnone (4:07)
04. The Racing Heart (4:06)
05. Buildings (3:28)
06. Leech (4:23)
07. Ambitions (5:07)
08. Undo You (4:56)
09. Lethean (4:39)
10. First Prayer (4:28)
11. Dead Letters (4:49)
12. The Act of Darkening (5:55)
Label: Peaceville Records
Distribution: Edel
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 23 September, 2012
Website: www.katatonia.com