VINYL RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2022
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2012
VARIANT: 10th Anniversary Edition Black Vinyl LP
SPECIAL HALF-SPEED MASTER VINYL EDITION, MARKING 10 YEARS SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 2012 CLASSIC FROM THE SWEDISH MASTERS OF DARK & PROGRESSIVE ROCK / METAL.
Katatonia was formed in Sweden in 1991 by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Their debut album, ‘Dance of December Souls’, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal, joining acts such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride as one of the genre's defining bands. On future albums, a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined & structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album ‘Discouraged Ones’. This was to be the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia, where the band stand at the pinnacle of the dark & progressive rock genre. A continuation of 2009’s inspired & acclaimed ‘Night Is The New Day’, as well as a leap forward into the unknown, ‘Dead End Kings’ saw the quintet conjure yet another milestone in audial melancholy & angst.
Amongst their most poignant & ambitious material, ‘Dead End Kings’ was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios & The City Of Glass. Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse took care of the album production themselves, while David Castillo, well known for his previous alliances with Katatonia, as well as Opeth & Bloodbath, was the man behind the album mix.
‘Dead End Kings’ saw the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson for the band, together with the new bassist Niklas Sandin. Additionally, Frank Default joined once more on sampling & atmospherics duties, while there is a very special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends ‘The Gathering/ex-Octavia Sperati’. The stunning artwork was supplied, once again, by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.
This tenth anniversary edition of 'Dead End Kings' includes a special half speed master for a superior, sharper, more direct & engaging sound & includes updated artwork from original artist, Travis Smith.
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